Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Rescript Dispensing for the Obligations of Holy Orders in Danger of Death, 1997.

Most Holy Father,

__________, a priest, of __________ who has defected form the exercise of ordained ministry and is now suffering from a serious illness and is in danger of death, humbly requests from Your Holiness the dispensation from the obligations flowing from holy orders (and religious vows), so that reconciled with the Church he may arrive at the heavenly home.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on __________ (date)

in virtue of a special faculty granted by the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II (Secretariate of State, no. 410.488, March 13, 1997) and by his special mandate, considering the gravity of the case and the special circumstances presented in the petition and the votum of his ordinary, graciously grants to him the requested favor, with the following provisions.

pg. 250

pg. 251
1–4. [as in the previous rescript]

5. If the petitioner recovers from imminent danger of death the ecclesiastical authority … [as in the previous rescript].

6. [as in the previous rescript].

7. [as no. 8 in the previous rescript].

8. Furthermore, some work of piety or charity will be imposed upon the petitioner. At an opportune time, the competent ordinary will send to the Congregation an account of the fulfillment of the notification, and if there is any wonderment on the part of the faithful, a prudent explanation will be given.

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the offices of the Congregation, on (date).

Georgius A. Cardinal MEDINA ESTÉVEZ




W.H. Woestman, The Sacrament of Orders and the Clerical State: A Commentary on the Code of Canon Law (Ottawa: Saint Paul University, 2006): 332-333.