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Jay wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was reading the Canon laws on vows and came across the section of dispensations and how an ordinary priest cannot dispense from those vows without an "acquired right" attached.

  • What do they mean by an "acquired right" in this context?

Thank you,


  { What is an acquired right in the context of a priest being dispensed from his vows? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Jay —

Thanks for the question.

I would guess this means the only way the priest can be dispensed of his vows is by acquiring the right or proper permission from the Holy Father. Here is a related question with a simple answer:

Hope this helps,


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