18.104.22.168 Reconciliation of Penitents with Generic Confession and General Absolution
1. General absolution without individual confession may be given only in a case of imminent danger of death according to the provision of canon 961 §1, 1° and in the case of grave necessity according to the provision of 961 §1, 2°. 
2. “Judgment as to whether there exist the conditions [of grave necessity] required by canon 961 §1, 2 is not a matter for the confessor but for ‘the diocesan Bishop who can determine cases of such necessity in the light of criteria agreed upon with other members of the Episcopal Conference.’” 
 c. 961. NCCB [USCCB], complementary norm on canon 961§1, 2°, approved at general meeting, June 1988, promulgated by memorandum to bishops, December 15, 1989. Available at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/canon-law/complementary-norms/. On Form III, see Rite of Penance, nn. 31-35.
 Misericordia Dei, n. 5.