ALEXANDER VII, 1655-1667


Gravity of Matter in Actions of Impurity *


[From the Response of the Holy Office, February 11, 1661]


5005 Whether a confessor is to be denounced for solicitation on account of scarcity of material?


Reply: Since in actions of impurity scarcity of matter is not present, and if it should be present, is not in the matter at hand, they have decided that it should be denounced, and that a contrary opinion is not probable.


To the decrees of the Holy Office of February 11th 1661, Benedict XIV referred readers in the Constitution “Sacramentum Poenitentiae,” of June 1, 1741 (Docum. V in Cod. Iuris. Can.) .

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