Code of Canon Law
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CHAPTER I. The Celebration and Minister of Ordination
Can. 1010 Ordination is to be celebrated within the solemnities of the Mass on a Sunday or holy day of obligation.
For pastoral reasons it can take place also on other days, even weekdays.
Can. 1011 §1. Ordination generally is to be celebrated in the cathedral church; for pastoral reasons, however, it can
be celebrated in another church or oratory.
§2. Clerics and other members of the Christian faithful must be invited to the ordination so that as large an
assembly as possible is present at the celebration.
Can. 1012 The minister of sacred ordination is a consecrated bishop.
Can. 1013 No bishop is permitted to consecrate anyone a bishop unless it is first evident that there is a pontifical
Can. 1014 Unless the Apostolic See has granted a dispensation, the principal bishop consecrator in an episcopal
consecration is to be joined by at least two consecrating bishops; it is especially appropriate, however, that all the
bishops present consecrate the elect together with the bishops mentioned.
Can. 1015 §1. Each person is to be ordained to the presbyterate or the diaconate by his proper bishop or with
legitimate dimissorial letters from him.
§2. If not impeded by a just cause, the proper bishop is to ordain his own subjects personally; without an
apostolic indult, however, he cannot ordain licitly a subject of an Eastern rite.
§3. The person who can give dimissorial letters to receive orders can himself also confer the same orders
personally if he possesses the episcopal character.
Can. 1016 As regards the diaconal ordination of those who intend to be enrolled in the secular clergy, the proper
bishop is the bishop of the diocese in which the candidate has a domicile or the bishop of the diocese to which the
candidate is determined to devote himself. As regards the presbyteral ordination of secular clerics, it is the bishop
of the diocese in which the candidate was incardinated through the diaconate.
Can. 1017 A bishop cannot confer orders outside his own jurisdiction without the permission of the diocesan bishop.
Can. 1018 §1. The following can give dimissorial letters for secular clergy:
1/ the proper bishop mentioned in can. 1016;
2/ an apostolic administrator and, with the consent of the college of consultors, a diocesan administrator; with
the consent of the council mentioned in can. 495, §2, an apostolic pro-vicar and an apostolic pro-prefect.
§2. A diocesan administrator, apostolic pro-vicar, and apostolic pro-prefect are not to grant dimissorial letters
to those who have been denied admission to orders by the diocesan bishop, the apostolic vicar, or the apostolic
Can. 1019 §1. The major superior of a clerical religious institute of pontifical right or of a clerical society of apostolic
life of pontifical right is competent to grant dimissorial letters for the diaconate and the presbyterate to their subjects
who are enrolled perpetually or defin-itively in the institute or society according to their constitutions.
§2. The law for secular clerics governs the ordination of all other candidates of any institute or society; any
other indult granted to superiors is revoked.
Can. 1020 Dimissorial letters are not to be granted unless all the testimonials and documents required by law
according to the norm of cann. 1050 and 1051 have been obtained beforehand.
Can. 1021 Dimissorial letters can be sent to any bishop in communion with the Apostolic See except to a bishop of
a rite different from the rite of the candidate unless there is an apostolic indult.
Can. 1022 After the ordaining bishop has received legitimate dimissorial letters, he is not to proceed to the ordination
unless it is clearly evident that the letters are authentic.
Can. 1023 Dimissorial letters can be limited or revoked by the one who granted them or by his successor, but once
granted they do not lapse when the authority of the one who granted them ceases.