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Reconciliation (in Canon Law)
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From ancient canon law to CIC/1917, reconciliation (Lat. reconciliatio) denoted the (liturgical) absolution required for a church, cemetery, or altar to be used again after desecration or profanation (CIC/1917 cc. 1172–1177; 1207).

It also denotes reconciliation with God and the church through the sacrament of penance (Repentance: IV, 3.a); cf. CIC/1983 cc. 959f. and CCEO cc. 718 and 720 §1) and specifically restoration to full communion with the church through lifting an excommunication incurred through apostasy (Apostate), heresy, …

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Pree, Helmuth, “Reconciliation (in Canon Law)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024907>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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