Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Indult of Departure and Incardination into a Diocese, April 1999. Private.


A priest in a religious institute petitioned for an indult of departure in order that he might seek incardination into a diocese. The bishop of the diocese was willing to receive him ad experimentum in order to test his suitability to live as a secular cleric. The priest presented his petition to the superior general of the institute who sent it to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) with his favorable opinion and that of the council in accord with canon 691. The following rescript was received by the superior general from CICLSAL.




Most Holy Father

Father ____________, of the Order ____________, implores Your Holiness for an indult to depart the Institute, for the reasons presented. The Ordinary of ____________ in ____________ intends to receive him in his own diocese, ad experimentum, according to the norm of can. 693 of the Code of Canon Law.

The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, having heard the opinion of the Procurator General of the Institute and given attention to the letters of acceptance ad experimentum granted by the ordinary entrusts to him, in accord with his judgment

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and conscience, the task of granting an indult of exclaustration to the petitioner with the provision that during the experimental time he is to put aside the external form of the religious habit and observe whatever is to be observed according to the norms of Can. 687 of the Code of Canon Law. If perchance, during the experimental time, he is refused by the same Ordinary, having warned the Superior, he is to return immediately to the cloister.

The aforementioned experimental time having been completed, or even sooner, if he is definitively received, the petitioner, having been provided with fitting sustenance, remains secularized and also is absolved from his vows in the institute and by that fact is incardinated into the diocese ____________ in ____________ in accord with the norms of Canons 265, 267, 269 of the Code of Canon Law.

Anything contrary to the above does not stand.

Given in Vatican City, day ____________ April, 1999.

Office Prefect

Undersecretary




RRAO (1999): 7-9.