General Decree Regarding the
Delict of Attempted Sacred Ordination of a Woman
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
In order to protect the nature and validity of the sacrament of order,
the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in virtue of the special
faculty given by the supreme authority of the Church (cf. can. 30,
Code of Canon Law), in the Ordinary Session of 19 December 2007, has
Without prejudice to the prescript of can. 1378 of the Code of Canon
Law, both the one who attempts to confer a sacred order on a woman,
and the woman who attempts to receive a sacred order, incur an
excommunication latae sententiae reserved to the Apostolic See.
If, in fact, the one who attempts to confer a sacred order on a woman,
or the woman who attempts to receive a sacred order, is one of Christís
faithful subject to the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches,
that person, without prejudice to the prescript of can. 1443 of the same
Code, is to be punished with a major excommunication, the remission of
which is also reserved to the Apostolic See (cf. can. 1423, Code of
Canons of the Eastern Churches).
This decree, once published in LíOsservatore Romano, comes into
Rome, from the Offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith, December 19, 2007.
William Cardinal LEVADA Prefect
S.D.B. Titular Archbishop of Sila Secretary
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