[German Version] In the usage of the Catholic Church, “approbation” (Lat.
approbatio, approbare) means acceptance, approval, recognition, affirmation, or authorization by the competent authority. Approbation provides legal justification or approval; it is required for admission to certain positions and offices, for hearing confessions, and for proclamation of the word (
missio canonica; imprimatur). Wilhelm Rees Bibliography G. May, “Verschiedene Arten des Partikularrechtes,”
AKathKR 152, 1983, 31–45 W. Aymans & K. Mörsdorf,
Kanonisches Recht 1, 131991, 375–381.