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Hello, all.

Christ has ascended!

What is the current procedure for a Roman-rite Catholic priest to obtain bi-ritual faculties to serve the Divine Liturgy and sacraments in the Byzantine Catholic churches?

Is it still necessary to send the petition to the Congregation of Oriental Churches in Rome?

I am under the impression that if it's a diocesan priest, then the petition is handled between his diocesan bishop and the Byzantine Catholic bishop who is granting the faculty.

What if it's a priest of a religious order? Is the petition handled between his religious superior and the Byzantine Catholic bishop?

Is it permitted for a pastor of a Byzantine Catholic parish to grant "on the spot" faculties to a Roman Catholic priest in case of necessity?

Thank you for any info you may provide!

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Each Eparchy may handle the procedure differently per its eparchial needs, but, yes, in short, the eparchial bishop seeks the bi-ritual indult from the Holy See after both the Latin and Eastern Bishops (or the Latin religious superior) agree (actually the bishops issue the nihil obstat), and the Eastern bishop decides that the Latin priest’s ministry would benefit the Eparchy.

In his commentary on the CCEO, Archimandrite Victor Pospishil writes that the privilege of bi-ritualism “can be presumed for individual cases,” but even in these “individual cases” the permission of the eparchial bishop may be required.

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Originally Posted by Deacon John Montalvo
In his commentary on the CCEO, Archimandrite Victor Pospishil writes that the privilege of bi-ritualism “can be presumed for individual cases,” but even in these “individual cases” the permission of the eparchial bishop may be required.


Thank you, Father Deacon, for your reply.

So, just to be clear, it is permissible then for a pastor of a Eastern Catholic parish to give permission for a Latin-rite priest to celebrate a Divine Liturgy (say for example, out of necessity when no other Eastern Catholic priest is available) even if the faculty has not yet been formally granted by the bishop?

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No, I posted that was the opinion of the late Archimandrite Victor. The eparchial bishop is not bound to follow that opinion. In any event, those situations are best addressed by the eparchial bishop and the pastor.

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Originally Posted by Deacon John Montalvo
No, I posted that was the opinion of the late Archimandrite Victor. The eparchial bishop is not bound to follow that opinion. In any event, those situations are best addressed by the eparchial bishop and the pastor.


I see. Thank you for your response.
May I ask which book on canon law does Archimandrite Victor express his opinion on this matter? Is it his book Interritual Canon Law Problems in the United States and Canada or Code of Oriental Canon Law, the Law on Persons: Rites, Persons in General, Clergy and Hierarchy, Monks, Religious, Laity?

I would have to visit a university library to consult the book.

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It’s in his commentary,Eastern Catholic Church Law, revised edition, but his opinion wouldn’t apply to situations in the US.

His commentary on the CCEO was published in the 1990’s and he took into consideration the problems faced by Eastern Catholic Churches that were officially outlawed by secular governments.

The CCEO expresses in precise terms under what type of circumstances permission may be “presumed.”


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