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Sanctions in the Church » Offenses and Penalties in General » The Remission of Penalties and the Prescription of Actions
Canon 1355. §1. Provided it is not reserved to the Apostolic See, a penalty established by law which is ferendae sententiaeand has been imposed, or which is latae sententiae and has been declared, can be remitted by the following:

1° the Ordinary who initiated the judicial proceedings to impose or declare the penalty, or who by a decree, either personally or through another, imposed or declared it;

2° the Ordinary of the place where the offender actually is, after consulting the Ordinary mentioned in n. 1, unless because of extraordinary circumstances this is impossible.

§2. Provided it is not reserved to the Apostolic See, a penalty established by law which is latae sententiae and has not yet been declared can be remitted by the following:

1° the Ordinary in respect of his subjects;

2° the Ordinary of the place also in respect of those actually in his territory or of those who committed the offence in his territory;

3° any Bishop, but only in the course of sacramental confession.

§1. Poenam lege constitutam, quae sit ferendae sententiae irrogata vel latae sententiae declarata, dummodo non sit Apostolicae Sedi reservata, remittere possunt:

1° Ordinarius, qui iudicium ad poenam irrogandam vel declarandam promovit vel decreto eam per se vel per alium irrogavit vel declaravit;

2° Ordinarius loci in quo delinquens versatur, consulto tamen, nisi propter extraordinarias circumstantias impossibile sit, Ordinario, de quo sub n. 1.

§2. Poenam lege constitutam, quae sit latae sententiae nondum declarata et dummodo non sit Apostolicae Sedi reservata, remittere possunt:

1° Ordinarius suis subditis;

2° Ordinarius loci etiam iis qui in ipsius territorio versantur vel ibi deliquerint;

3° quilibet Episcopus in actu tamen sacramentalis confessionis.
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