Q. 1. What is a latae sententiae interdict? Can you give an example as to how it applies?
A. 1. A latae sententiae interdict is an ecclesiastical censure that excludes individuals or groups from certain rites of the Church. At the same time, they do not cease to be members of the Church.
Examples as to when one incurs a latae sententiae interdict include the following:
• using physical force against a bishop;[Code of Canon Law # Can. 1370 §1]
• attempting to preside at Eucharist, or giving sacramental absolution, when not a priest;
• falsely denouncing a confessor for soliciting a penitent to sin against the commandment against adultery; and
• a perpetually professed religious who attempts marriage.