Fourth Synod Compiled Acts, Declarations and Statutes

106. Consecrated hosts should be frequently renewed and the old hosts properly consumed. 77

107. As a public witness of the veneration toward the Most Holy Eucharist, clergy in this Diocese may conduct processions with the Blessed Sacrament through the public streets and are especially encouraged to do so on the solemnity of the Body and the Blood of Christ ( Corpus Christi ). Such processions shall be conducted in accord with the pertinent liturgical customs and norms. 78 Arrangements for the procession through the streets shall be made with local law enforcement and civic officials for the sake of good public order and as required by civil law.


108. The celebration of the Sacrament of Penance is governed by the pertinent provisions of canon law, liturgical norms, and the policies and procedures of this Diocese. 109. The faculty of hearing confessions is granted or denied to priests in accord with canons 967, §2 and 974, §§ 2 and 3 of the Code of Canon Law and norm 12 of the Essential Norms for Diocesan/ Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, or as these canons and norms may from time to time be subsequently amended. 110. All confessors shall be ready and willing to hear the confessions of the faithful whenever they reasonably request this ministry, even outside fixed hours for confession, and pastors and other confessors are exhorted always to remember their obligation in justice and charity in this regard.

111. For the sake of freedom of conscience priests gladly receive penitents from other parishes. The domicile of the penitent is not to be asked.

112. In parishes of one priest an opportunity should be given to confess to a visiting priest from time to time.

113. Every parish shall have scheduled and publicized times of suitable frequency and duration for the Sacrament of Penance.

77 Cf. canon 939.

78 Cf. cc. 530 and 944.


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