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Sanctions in the Church » Offenses and Penalties in General » The Punishment of Offenses in General
Canon 1311. §1. The Church has its own inherent right to constrain with penal sanctions Christ’s faithful who commit offences.

§2. The one who is at the head of a Church must safeguard and promote the good of the community itself and of each of Christ’s faithful, through pastoral charity, example of life, advice and exhortation and, if necessary, also through the imposition or declaration of penalties, in accordance with the provisions of the law, which are always to be applied with canonical equity and having in mind the restoration of justice, the reform of the offender, and the repair of scandal.
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