( CRIME OF SOLICITATION )
FROM THE SUPREME AND HOLY CONGREGATION OF THE HOLY OFFICE
FOR 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
Since, because he has been denounced for all these matters to our tribunal, and a regular process has been set up at this tribunal against him and he was duly cited on this date (here should be noted the day, and the month of the citation), he has arraigned on these days (let it be said on what days); he confessed this and this (there should be summarized his confession).
Although, therefore, he has affirmed that he felt that he was correct in matter of faith and Catholic doctrine (and with the supposition, evidently, that this is truly the case), and his defending advocate, in keeping with his duty, was not remiss in his promotion and sustaining the due defences.
Nevertheless, having weighed everything correctly and seriously, we the judge-Ordinary or his delegate, on this day (let there be noted the day on which the sentence is given) from the acts and proof think and retain that the sentence that follows ought to be rendered.
Therefore, having invoked the name of God, and that of the most blessed virgin Mary, the Mother of God and of our lord Jesus Christ, with this definitive sentence which we published seated here for the tribunal on this public record in the case which has processed in our presence between D….(name, family name, etc. of the Promoter of Justice) the promoter of justice ++59++ in this tribunal and…. (name, family name, etc. of the accused, as above), we say , decide, declare and believe that … (name, family name, etc. of the accused is repeated), because of those things which he has confessed, has been judged guilty of the crime of solicitation to obscene matters (and of false dogma), and, moreover, that he has merited the censures and penalties which have been put forth, stated and promulgated against such delinquents by the holy canons.
Lest the aforesaid errors and faults remain without penalty, and in order that the accused should hasted to live more cautiously in the future, and be an example to others, we condemn him in this way …(here there should be added the dispositve part of the sentence).
Likewise for salutary penances, we impose… (here are indicated the penances which are imposed).
Because, however, the accused has spontaneously confessed the aforesaid errors and faults and he humbly asked forgiveness for them, we wish, moreover, to absolve him from any excommunication he perhaps incurred, as long as he first given evidence that, with a sincere heart and faith that are real he first abjures those errors and detests his faults; thus we ordain by this our sentence that he act in accordance with the manner and form seated by us.
And thus we say, decree, declare, order and definitively believe and intend and wish to command to execution, as concerning the facts, we order in a better way and according to that form which we can and must use by law, at the same time ordaining with the present letter that the accused on this day…will be cited to hear the reading and being informed of this our sentence.
Thus we pronounce (and
the act should be closed with an indication of the place and day on which
it was made known).
Signature of the Judge-Ordinary of
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