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Charlie wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • When a Catholic priest leaves his religious order that he has made his vows to, how is he relieved of those vows, and to whom does he then become obedient?



  { When a Catholic priest leaves his religious order, how is he relieved and who is he obedient to? }

Fr. Nick replied:

Hi, Charlie —

When a priest leaves his religious community or his bishop, first and foremost he remains a priest. The Sacrament of Ordination is permanent.

His religious superior, or bishop, will outline the terms and conditions he will need to follow once he leaves his religious community or diocese. If he wishes to be released from his vows, i.e., to get married, there is a process he would need to follow, which would ultimately go to Rome.

Fr. Nick

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