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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE MEANING OF A
LATAE SENTENTIAE SUSPENSION.


Q. 1. What is a latae sententiae suspension? Can you give an example as to how it applies?

A. 1. A latae sententiae suspension means an "automatic suspension." Canon Law # 1394 1 states: "Without prejudice to the provisions of can. 194, 1, n. 3, a cleric who attempts marriage, even if only civilly, incurs a latae sententiae suspension. If, after warning, he has not reformed and continues to give scandal, he can be progressively punished by deprivations, or even by dismissal from the clerical state."

So a latae sententiae suspension is a first step. Other more severe consequences will follow if the situation is not remedied.



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