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CHAPTER II. The Minister of Confirmation

Can. 882 The ordinary minister of confir-mation is a bishop; a presbyter provided with this faculty in virtue of

universal law or the special grant of the competent authority also confers this sacrament validly.

Can. 883 The following possess the faculty of administering confirmation by the law itself:

1/ within the boundaries of their jurisdiction, those who are equivalent in law to a diocesan bishop;

2/ as regards the person in question, the presbyter who by virtue of office or mandate of the diocesan bishop

baptizes one who is no longer an infant or admits one already baptized into the full communion of the Catholic

Church;

3/ as regards those who are in danger of death, the pastor or indeed any presbyter.

Can. 884 §1. The diocesan bishop is to administer confirmation personally or is to take care that another bishop

administers it. If necessity requires it, he can grant the faculty to one or more specific presbyters, who are to

administer this sacrament.

§2. For a grave cause the bishop and even the presbyter endowed with the faculty of confirming in virtue of

the law or the special grant of the competent authority can in single cases also associate presbyters with themselves

to administer the sacrament.

Can. 885 §1. The diocesan bishop is ob-liged to take care that the sacrament of confir-mation is conferred on

subjects who properly and reasonably seek it.

§2. A presbyter who possesses this faculty must use it for the sake of those in whose favor the faculty was

granted.

Can. 886 §1. A bishop in his diocese legitimately administers the sacrament of confirmation even to faithful who

are not his subjects, unless their own ordinary expressly prohibits it.

§2. To administer confirmation licitly in another diocese, a bishop needs at least the reasonably presumed

permission of the diocesan bishop unless it concerns his own subjects.

Can. 887 A presbyter who possesses the faculty of administering confirmation also confers this sacrament licitly on

externs in the territory assigned to him unless their proper ordinary prohibits it; he cannot confer it validly on anyone

in another territory, without prejudice to the prescript of can. 883, n. 3.

Can. 888 Within the territory in which they are able to confer confirmation, ministers can administer it even in

exempt places.




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