perpetually professed member shall not ask for the indult
the order or congregation and to return to secular life
the most grave reasons. Such a member shall submit a
the superior general, who shall forward it, along
with his or
her votum and that of the council, to the competent
2. In orders, an indult of this kind is reserved to
Apostolic See; but in congregations, in addition to the Apostolic See, it can
be granted also by: (1) the patriarch with
all members who have domicile within the territorial
of the Church over which he presides, after having
if it is a congregation of eparchial right, the eparchial bishop; (2) the
eparchial bishop of the eparchy in which
is domiciled, if it is the case of a congregation of
right. 3. The indult of departure from the order or
has the same canonical effects as stated in can.
with respect to a member who is in a sacred order, can.
494 is to
be applied in addition.