|Sanctions in the Church » Penalties for Individual Delicts » Usurpation of Ecclesiastical Functions and Delicts in Their Exercise|
|§1. A priest who acts against the prescript of can. 977 incurs a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See.
§2. The following incur a latae sententiae penalty of interdict or, if a cleric, a latae sententiae penalty of suspension:
1. a person who attempts the liturgical action of the Eucharistic sacrifice though not promoted to the sacerdotal order;
2. apart from the case mentioned in §1, a person who, though unable to give sacramental absolution validly, attempts to impart it or who hears sacramental confession.
§3. In the cases mentioned in §2, other penalties, not excluding excommunication, can be added according to the gravity of the delict.
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