5.9.5.1 Provincial Faculties for Priests

5.9.5.1 Provincial Faculties for Priests

PROVINCIAL FACULTIES FOR PRIESTS

PROVINCE OF DETROIT

DIOCESE OF LANSING

STATE OF MICHIGAN

The following provincial faculties are hereby given to [name] by virtue of and in accordance with a decree approved by the seven diocesan bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit on September 6, 1984.

These faculties cease with the termination of approved service within the Diocese of Lansing or by revocation of the faculties by any of the Ordinaries of the Province for his jurisdiction.

Given at the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Lansing on this _________, day of the month of _ ________, ___.

s/ Bishop of Lansing s/Vicar General/Chancellor

The following faculties may be exercised within the territorial limits of the Province of Detroit (Michigan).

SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION

1. To baptize one who has completed the fourteenth year of age without previously referring the matter to the diocesan bishop, provided that the requirements of the "Rite of` Christian Initiation of Adults"

(RCIA), or its diocesan approved equivalent have been met. (Canon 863; Canon 866)

2. To administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to those persons who have attained the use of reason and who they baptize in accord with the requirements of the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" (RCIA) or its diocesan-approved equivalent, (Pastors enjoy this faculty by virtue of office). (Canon 866; Canon 883, 2°).

3. To administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to those persons who have attained the use of reason and who are already baptized in another church or ecclesial communion, on the occasion of their profession of faith and admission into full communion with the Catholic Church in accord with the requirements of the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults"(RCIA) or its diocesan-approved equivalent. (Canon 883, 2°).

4. To administer the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter Vigil to Catholics who, although baptized earlier, have not been reared in the Catholic Church, on the occasion of their reconciliation with the Catholic Church provided that such individuals have participated in the catechesis of the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" (RCIA) of its diocesan-approved equivalent.

SACRAMENT OF THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST

5. To celebrate the Eucharist twice on weekdays for a just cause and, if pastoral necessity requires it, three times on Sundays and holydays of precept. (Canon 905, §l; Canon l248, §l).

6. To dispense, in individual cases and for a just reason, from the Eucharistic abstinence. (Canon 919, §l).

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

7. The faculty to hear confessions. For a priest incardinated in any diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit, this is an habitual faculty (Canon 967, 2; Canon 973). For a priest who is not incardinated in any diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit, this is a non-habitual faculty (Canon 971). The use of this faculty in a house of a Religious Institute requires at least the presumed permission of the Superior of the Institute. (Canon 969, §1, §2).

8. The faculty is granted to confessors to remit in the internal and the external forum an automatic (latae sententiae) penalty established by the law but not yet declared by lawful authority as having been received, provided the remission is not reserved to the Apostolic See. This faculty may be exercised within the confines of the Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit, and on behalf of any person regardless of the person’s residence or the place where the penalty occurred. (Canon 1355, §2).

When this faculty is used on behalf of someone who has incurred the penalty for leaving the Catholic Church as a result of a formal act, the remission must be done in the external forum (Canon 1364, 1). Also notification must be sent to the Church of baptism for entry into the baptismal register. These requirements are imposed ad validitatem.

SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

9. Parochial vicars are granted the faculty to assist at marriages within the boundaries of the parish to which they are assigned as a parochial vicar. They are also granted the faculty to sub-delegate another specified priest for a specific marriage within those same limits. (Canon 1111; Canon 137, §3).

10. Pastors and parochial vicars are granted the faculty to witness the marriages of those who, are bound by some natural obligations toward another party or toward children as a result of a previous union, provided that the parties are canonically free to contract marriage. This faculty may be used only when there is proof that such obligations are fulfilled. (Canon 1071, §1,3 °).

SACRED TIMES

11.To dispense, in individual cases and for a just reason, from the obligation of observing a day of precept or a day of penance, or to commute the obligation into other pious works. This faculty may be exercised on behalf of an individual parishioner or family, or on behalf of a person visiting within the boundaries of the Diocesan Bishop who granted the Provincial Faculties. (Canon 1245). This faculty is limited to individual persons and may not be used to dispense the entire parish.

12.To dispense individual cases and for a just reason, from the obligation of participation at Mass on Sunday or on a day of precept, or to commute the obligation into other pious works. This faculty may be exercised on behalf of an individual parishioner or family, or on behalf of a person visiting within the boundaries of the Diocesan Bishop who granted the Provincial faculties. This faculty is limited to individual persons and may not be used to dispense the entire parish.

CHRISTIAN BURIAL

13.To use the Rite of Christian Burial for an unbaptized child, provided that the parents had intended to have the child baptized. (Canon 1183, §2).

14.To permit Church funeral rites for a baptized person belonging to a non-Catholic church or ecclesial community, provided such services clearly were not contrary to the wishes of the deceased and provided that a minister of the faith of the deceased is not available. (Canon 1183, §3). Faculties of the Diocese of Lansing adds the following:

Added to Provincial Faculty #5

The priest is also permitted to celebrate a third Mass as a Vigil Mass on the evening of the day that precedes a Sunday or other holy day of obligation when he has already celebrated or concelebrated two other Masses due in part to a funeral, wedding or ordination Mass and another priest is not available.

(Canon 1248 §1)

Added to Provincial Faculty #6

Priests are given the faculty to grant individual laypersons permission to use low-gluten hosts according to "Bread of Life and Cup of Salvation: Guidelines for Low-Gluten Hosts and Mustum," (2018) available at the diocesan website. Added to Provincial Faculty #8

To dispense or commute a private vow for a just cause provided the dispensation does not injure vested rights of other parties. This faculty may be exercised for residents, temporary residents, travelers and those who are present in the diocese and may be given outside of the sacrament of reconciliation. (Canon 100; Canon 1196).



[1] Expressed in the 1992 Diocesan Policy Manual and remaining in force.


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