Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, Response to a dubium on the Place of Hearing Sacramental Confessions, 7 July 1998.
The Fathers of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, at their ordinary meeting on 16 June 1998, decided to respond in the following way to the dubium.
Q. Whether, in view of what is prescribed in Can. 964, §2, the minister of the sacrament, for a just reason and apart from a case of necessity, can lawfully decide, even if the penitent may request otherwise, that a sacramental confession be heard in a confessional equipped with a fixed grill.
The Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, at the audience granted on 7 July 1998 to the undersigned President, was informed of the aforementioned decision, confirmed it, and ordered it to be published.
Titular Archbishop of Vertara
Titular Bishop of Drivastum
AAS 90 (1998): 711; Comm 30 (1998): 27; OssRomEng, 31 (July 22, 1998): 8; CLSGBI Newsletter, 116 (December 1998): 6; W.H. Woestman, Sacraments: Initiation, Penance, Anointing of the Sick: Commentary on Canons 840-1007 (Ottawa, Saint Paul University, Faculty of Canon Law, 2004): 476.