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penalties, ecclesiastical


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In the RC Church these fall into three classes: (1) ‘Censures’ or ‘medicinal penalties’ designed to secure the correction of the offender and his reintegration into the life of the Church; these are excommunication, interdict, and suspension of clerics from their office. (2) ‘Expiatory penalties’ designed to punish the offender and safeguard the community; these include prohibition to live in a certain area and dismissal from the clerical life. (3) ‘Penal remedies’ and penances. These remedies (warning and rebuke) are intended to prevent likely wrongdoing or to deal with the serious suspicion that an offence has been committed.

(1) ‘Censures’ or ‘medicinal penalties’ designed to secure the correction of the offender and his reintegration into the life of the Church; these are excommunication, interdict, and suspension of clerics from their office. (2) ‘Expiatory penalties’ designed to punish the offender and safeguard the community; these include prohibition to live in a certain area and dismissal from the clerical life. (3) ‘Penal remedies’ and penances. These remedies (warning and rebuke) are intended to prevent likely wrongdoing or to deal with the serious suspicion that an offence has been committed.

Subjects: Christianity.


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