( CRIME OF SOLICITATION )
FROM THE SUPREME AND HOLY CONGREGATION OF THE HOLY OFFICEFOR ALL PATRIARCHS, ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS AND OTHER DIOCESAN ORDINARIES
“EVEN OF THE ORIENTAL RITE”
ON THE MANNER OF PROCEEDING IN CASES OF SOLICITATION
The Vatican Press, 1962
these official communications shall always be made under the secret of
the Holy Office; and, since they concern the common good of the church
to the greatest degree, the precept of doing these things obliges
under serious sin [sub gravil].
THE WORST CRIME
72. Those things that have been stated concerning the crime of solicitation up to this point are also valid, changing only those things necessary to be charged by their very nature, for the worst crime, if someone by chance in the presence of the Ordinary of the place, concerning which (which may god prevent) happens to be accused, having accepted the obligation of the denunciation from the positive law of the church, unless perhaps it has been joined with the crime of solicitation in sacramental confession. In decreeing penalties, however, against delinquents of this type, besides those which are found spoken of above, and they should also be kept before once eyes (Canon 2359, $ 2).
73. To have the worst
crime, for the penal effects, one must do the equivalent of the following:
any obscene, external act , gravely sinful, perpetrated in any way by a
cleric or attempted by him with youths of either sex or with brute animals
74. Against accused clerics for these crimes, if they are exempt religious, and unless there takes place the same time the crime of solicitation, even the regular superior can proceed, according to the holy cannons and their proper constitutions, either in a administrative or judicial manner. However, they must communicate the judicial decision pronounced as well as the administrative decision in the more serious cases to the Supreme Congregation of the Holy Office.
FROM THE AUDIENCE OF THE HOLY FATHER, MARCH 16, 1962
Our Most Holy Father Father John XXIII, in an audience granted to the most eminent Cardinal Secretary of the Holy Office on March 16, 1962, deigned to approve and confirm this instruction, ordering upon those to whom it pertains to keep an observe it in the minutest detail.
At Rome, from the office of the Sacred Congregation, March 16,. 1962.
Place of the
A. Cardinal Ottaviani