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To: netmilsmom
Dear netmilsmom,

“If you are a person without whom an abortion could not be obtained, you are also latae sententiae.”

No, that's not what the canon says.

What does it say precisely?


126 posted on 08/26/2008 5:15:00 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

This is the reference given for [14] here...
Latae sententiae is a Latin term used in the canon law of the Catholic Church meaning literally “given (laid down) sentence”.

Officially, a latae sententiae penalty follows automatically, by force of the law itself, when the law is contravened.[1] A latae sententiae penalty may be either one of excommunication, interdict, or suspension. Excommunication prohibits the exercise of certain baptismal rights, and may involve restrictions on participation in liturgical events and church governance, and the reception of church benefits.[2][3] An interdict involves the same liturgical restrictions as excommunication, but does not affect participation in church governance.[4] Suspension, which affects only members of the clergy, affects all or some acts of power of orders, governance, or functions attached to an office.[5]

In the code of Roman Catholic canon law currently in force, there are eight instances when a person may incur excommunication latae sententiae. Unless the excusing circumstances outlined in canons 1321-1330[6] are verified, the following persons incur excommunication latae sententiae:

an apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic;[7]
a person who throws away the consecrated Eucharistic species or takes and retains them for a sacrilegious purpose;[8]
a person who uses physical force against the Pope;[9]
a priest who absolves an accomplice in a sin against the sixth commandment (the ban on adultery) except in danger of death;[10]
a bishop who ordains someone a bishop without a pontifical mandate, and the person who receives the ordination from him;[11]
a confessor who directly violates the sacramental seal of confession;[12]
a person who procures a completed abortion;[13] and
accomplices who are not named in a law prescribing latae sententiae excommunication but without whose assistance the violation of the law would not have been committed.[14]
Various other persons incur excommunication latae sententiae by papal decree, including:

a person who violates the secrecy of a papal election, or who interferes with it by means such as simony;[15]
a woman who is ordained as a priest or a bishop who ordains a woman as a priest.[16]
Some instances in which one incurs interdict latae sententiae include the following:

using physical force against a bishop;[9]
attempting to preside at Eucharist, or giving sacramental absolution, when not a priest;[10]
falsely denouncing a confessor for soliciting a penitent to sin against the sixth commandment;[17] and
a perpetually professed religious who attempts marriage.[18]
If the ecclesiastical authority notices someone incurring what it considers a latae sententiae penalty, it may declare that the person has done so. However, the punishment is in effect since the perceived fault was committed, and the declaration simply aims to ascertain what the Church considers a fact.

A latae sententiae penalty differs from a ferendae sententiae (sentence to be made) one. If one commits an ecclesiastical offense for which a ferendae sententiae punishment is prescribed, the penalty will only take effect when imposed by the competent ecclesiastical authority.[1]

Note that latae sententiae is an adjectival phrase accompanying a noun, such as “excommunication”. In connection with a verb, the corresponding adverbial phrase is in ablative absolute form, as in: “He was excommunicated lata sententia.”

127 posted on 08/26/2008 5:26:28 PM PDT by netmilsmom (The Party of Darkness prefers to have the lights out. - Go Fierce 50!!!)
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