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deprives sacred objects (c. 1171 CIC; res sacrae ) or locations (CIC c. 1205; loci sacri; cemetery) destined for worship or the burial of believers of their symbolic distinctiveness or dedication (Consecration/Ordination/Dedication). This occurs for sacred places if they have been substantially destroyed, declared profane by a decree of the responsible ordinarius, or converted de facto to a profane use (CIC c. 1212; cf. CIC c. 1222: profane, but not unworthy use). The same applies to an altar (CIC c. 1238 §1). The declaration that a church is profane does n…

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Rees, Wilhelm, “Desecration”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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