( 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
The manner of Receiving the Denunciation Pertaining Particularly to Solicitation
[Note 1. Whatever words are included within the brackets are valid in the case in which the denunciation is received by the delegate, or respectively, without the intervention of a notary. ]
If the delegate, however, having signified a serious reason , cannot observe this manner of receiving the denunciation, he should make receourse for some instrcution from whom he has received the delegation.
The notary, if he is present, or who is to received the denunciation will begin with these words or in words similar to these:
On the …day of the month
of…in the year…
This person denouncing in ordinary language [he must declare that he knows that this faculty was otained from the ordinary of the place to receive without intervention of the notary what he is about to relate to exonerate his conscience, and therefore because he cannot present himself to the Most Reverend Bishop concerning the just causes: then] he must continue to narrate, in words, however, discreet and contracted (brief) what pertains to the solicitations made to him or what ++34++ were the words, the writings, of the acts, accurately describing the place, time, occasion, times and singular circumstances, and whether in the act of confession either before or after the sacramental absolution these things took place. He must identify the confessional seat and the soliciting confessor himself, and in so far as he either does not know his name and family name or has forgotton it, he shall describe accurately the person of the man, noting distinctly all the characteristics, so that he might be recognized. He should note who receives the denunciation, that he should avoid interrogating the denunciating person whether he gave consent to the obscene deed in any way or refused, since the witness is not bound to manifest his defects; nay, the one denouncing is expressly advised that he is not bound to manifest consent if perchance he gave it. With these words written as they as they are narrated, and in so far as possible, in the same words of the one denouncing, what follows here, nor is anything more required.
The interrogation: Whether he knows or heard it said, that said N.N. (naming the person), the confessor, solicited other penitents to obscene things?
He responds: (if the response was affirmative, he will seek the name and the family name of th person and the source (cause?) of the knowledge) .
The interrogation: Concerning
the good name of the aforesaid confessor N.N. with yourself as with others?