Congregation for the Eastern Churches, Ukrainian Orthodox infant ascribed to the Catholic rite of adoptive parents, 2003, Private.


Parents who belonged to the Latin Church adopted an infant who was baptized and chrismated in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. They approached their local pastor who received the infant into the Latin Church through the parents' profession of faith made on behalf of the child. The diocesan bishop petitioned the Congregation for Oriental Churches for a change of rite. The Congregation confirmed that the child has the same ritual membership as that of the adopting parents and that a formal decree establishing a change of rite was not necessary. What follows is the response of the Congregation in Italian accompanied by an unofficial English translation.




Original Italian Text

Eccellenza Reverendissima,

Con stimata lettera del _____, l’Eccellenza Vostra Reverendissima indirizzava a questa Congregazione la richiesta dei Sigg. _____, fedeli della Diocesi di _____, i quali desiderano ascrivere al rito latino un piccolo orfano di Kiev (Ukraine), _____, battezzato e cresimato nella Chiesa Ortodossa, e da loro recentemente adottato col nuovo nome de _____.

Mi pregio informare che in base al can. 29 del CCEO il babino possided l'appartenenza rituale dei genitori adottivi.

Con sentimenti di distinta stima mi confermo.

Suo ded. Mo

Secretary




Unofficial English Translation

Your Excellency,

With your kind letter of _____, Your Excellency addressed to this Congregation the request of Mr. & Mrs. _____, faithful members of the Diocese of _____. These people wish to have a little orphan of Kiev (Ukraine) enlisted in the Latin Rite. This orphan, named _____, was baptized and Confirmed in the Orthodox Church and was recently adopted by them with the new name of _____.

I wish to furthermore confirm that in conformity with can. 29 of the CCEO, the child has the same ritual membership of the adopting parents.

With deepest respect, I have the honor to be,

Your Excellency,

Secretary




Congregation for the Eastern Churches, Ukrainian Orthodox infant ascribed to the Catholic rite of adoptive parents, 2003, Private, CLSA, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions, 2003, 23-24.