5.B.1 Right to Sacraments and Spiritual Goods in General

1. Pastors are to judge the eligibility and proper disposition for the sacraments and other spiritual goods according to the norms of Church law and with due attention to the duties and rights of the Christian faithful, including parents. They are to determine the time, place, and manner of the reception of the sacraments and other spiritual goods according to the norms of Church law. [1]

2. Realistic provision must be made for persons with disabilities to prepare for and celebrate the sacraments, and to receive assistance from the spiritual goods of the Church, according to their condition. The guidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (rev. 2017) are to be applied. [2]

3. The decisions of other parish ministers and staff about eligibility and proper disposition are subject to the determination of the pastor.

4. Further questions about these rights may be directed to the chancellor, especially when baptized non-Catholics seek to have a child baptized without intending it to be Catholic, or seek the sacraments of Eucharist, Penance or the Anointing of the Sick, or Orthodox parties seek the intervention of a Catholic priest to celebrate marriage.

[1] See cc. 519, 528 §2, 777 and 843 §2, inter alia. 

[2] USCCB, Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities (rev. June 2017). Available at http://www.usccb.org/about/divine-worship/policies/guidelines-sacraments-persons-withdisabilities.cfm. [Hereafter Disability Guidelines.]

Date approved by Bishop

Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor