Memorandum of Canon Law. Has custom derogated from Canon 277? http://www.canonlaw.info/PDF-Custom.pdf

http://www.canonlaw.info/PDF-Custom.pdf

Memorandum of Canon Law
On whether custom has derogated from Canon 277 such that married clerics in the Roman Church are no longer bound to observe perfect and perpetual continence
 
Dr. Edward N. Peters*
November 2012
http://www.canonlaw.info/PDF-Custom.pdf
 
Note: This memorandum does not make the formal case that all clerics in the Roman Church are bound by Canon 277 to observe perfect and perpetual continence. That argument is made in detail elsewhere (e.g., in the resources gathered here: http://www.canonlaw.info/a_deacons.htm). Rather, this memorandum discusses whether widespread inadvertence to the obligation of continence by married clergy might derogate from that obligation—put another way, whether “custom” is (or might be by late January 2013) applicable against the obligation of continence set out in Canon 277.

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