If the good of souls or the necessity or advantage of the Church demands that a pastor be transferred from a parish which he is governing usefully to another parish or another office, the bishop is to propose the transfer to him in writing and persuade him to consent to it out of love of God and souls.
If the pastor does not intend to submit to the counsel and persuasions of the bishop, he is to explain the reasons in writing.
Notwithstanding the reasons alleged, if the bishop decides not to withdraw from his proposal, he is to consider the reasons which favor or oppose the transfer with two pastors selected according to the norm of can. 1742,
§1. If he then decides to implement the transfer, however, he is to repeat the paternal exhortations to the pastor.
§1. When this has been done, if the pastor still refuses and the bishop thinks that the transfer must be made, he is to issue a decree of transfer, establishing that the parish will be vacant after the lapse of a set time.
§2. If this period of time has passed without action, he is to declare the parish vacant.
In cases of transfer the prescripts of can. 1747
are to be applied, canonical equity is to be observed, and the salvation of souls, which must always be the supreme law in the Church, is to be kept before one’s eyes.
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