Clergy Misconduct and Loss of Status‐amissio status clericalis

In fact, when one considers the nature of these offences, apart from the penalty imposed as a result of objective unfitness for the performance of his pastoral duties has arisen."
--Article 1335 of the Church Code The conditions for finding 'good cause' are extinguished.

Clergy Misconduct and Loss of Status.

1 Justice and Faith

Hannah Arendt was well-known for saying the following. ‘The greatest evil in the world is the evil done by the most ordinary people.’ And it is the masses who have stopped thinking about it.”

Talking about the ‘banality of evil’, she made this remark on the radio shortly before her death about ‘justice and faith’. On faith, she told a rabbi who had looked after her as a child that she had ‘lost faith’. Hannah Arendt’s parents did not have faith. Nevertheless, Hannah had a childhood in which she attended synagogue and Christian Sunday school. Her interest in religion is complex. Upon receiving her confession, the rabbi was sensible and did not accuse Hannah. Instead, he asked. ‘But who demands faith from you?’ I am unfortunately unaware of any record of the rest of the story.

Twentieth-century philosophy held that justice and faith could not be compatible. The philosopher Lévinas, who was acclaimed by Pope John Paul II, He also argued that ‘acts are more important than faith’ and was more wary of the ‘pursuit of happiness’ than of seeking justice for all. In practice, philosophy has failed to develop from an abstract concept in terms of ‘justice’, making it necessary material for the consideration of the nature of law as a philosophy of law.  It is undeniable that, in the present day, ‘religion’ has become an outdated burden in the eyes of philosophy.

However, if philosophy and literature are to pass, religion is inevitable. As long as there is history in academia, such as world history, it is up to the individual to decide how much to know and whether to have faith in it.

Besides, Modern psychology has rendered analytical psychology, such as the ‘unconscious’, obsolete and has placed emphasis on cognitive psychology. This has led to a neglect of the ‘soul’, which is a challenge; religion and soul are also items to be considered in other countries when considering quality of life, but there is still a gap between the two.

Why is it that when we are in a difficult situation, the only recourse we have is self-serving violence, such as ‘Mob Justice’? As I said last time, Mob Justice is the desire for recognition of the oppressed and erased soul.(link) Such a choice is left to the past, where history has remained in the pursuit of happiness, the ‘greatest happiness of the greatest number’. I make the point that utilitarianism has become too dominant. As can be seen if we list the shortcomings of utilitarianism, “sometimes an answer that goes against human intuition and common sense is the right one”. For example, I believe this is the inequality that befalls victims of religion.

So here goes the main part, Few Japanese know about church law. (The same for me) In Japan, it is considered best to join a religion and retire if dissatisfied. Medical institutions also have few psychologists who are familiar with religion, and religion in the formation of the mind is not considered very important. The difficulties that Japanese religious believers fall into are immeasurable. We do not know what to do when we encounter absurdities. This is noticed when the protective presence fails to function.

2Clergy Misconduct and Loss of Status

And ordination is not a privileged or honorary position, but a service to the people, and if you cannot adapt and live as a clergyman, you should get out of this position and at least try to live a decent life as a believer, which is good for the Church and sufficient for the salvation of the individual.

Fr.Noboru Tanaka  ” Clergy Misconduct and Loss of Status.”

This article is written by Father Noboru Tanaka.

Commentary on Church Law. It is titled ” Clergy Misconduct and Loss of Status.”

(amissio status clericalis)(Japanese)

 Non-functional entitiesーーThe reality that one of them is a ‘priest’ and a ‘clergyman’ is a book that anyone seeking to know should pick up. Fr. Noboru Tanaka was ordained in 2010, received his Bachelor of Theology degree from the Pontifical Urban University in 2011 and is currently teaching ecclesiastical law as Deputy Solicitor General of the Tokyo District Church Court. I decided to add this book to my pages because it is not as well known as it might be on the left and because I was told by Father himself that the book was not welcomed by the Church’s constitution.

The church deals with criminal and civil cases under church law. There is a different route for the Church to take, with priests as lay people and the congregation going to the police or lawyers for advice, and the Church also has church law and church courts. And the information that must be given to the public’s perception is that Catholic clergy are inherently subject to separation from office for breaking their ordination vows. Fr. Tanaka’s book didn’t contain any defense of his fellow clergy.

First of all, we have to recognise ‘justice’, which is missed by the fact that the first law is ‘love’. (John13)In particular, what I didn’t know until I read this book was Clergy Misconduct and Loss of Status, starting with the fact that when I translated this title into English, I was not sure how to translate it into English, but my previous perception was that I was looking for a word that corresponded to ‘clergy dismissal’ to see if I could make it a little more conciliatory. I found on p134 a reference to the loss of clerical status. (Articles 290-293 of the Church Code) Originally referred to as ‘reduction to lay status’ in the old Church Code, in the new Church Code it is rephrased as ‘loss of status’.

Holy ranks are manifestations of a sacramental state relating to ontological nature. The clergy, who are given the capacity to work in the rank of Christ (Article 1008 of the Church Code), imprint an inerasable sign on the soul in the same way as baptism and profession of faith. Once validly conferred, the sacrament of ordination cannot be extinguished or revoked, but ordination may be forfeited. The expulsion from clerical status imposed on clergy who have committed a serious offence or have committed an illegal act is a Redemptive Life Sentence, as provided for in Article 1336 of the Ecclesiastical Code. There are other laws for the expulsion of clergy who are subject to separation in this way.

3 Love and Justice

In Grace of God, a film about a French Catholic sexual abuse lawsuit, the accused priests also asked for ‘tolerance’ and ‘forgiveness’. Over a long period of time, for the group, many ‘normality biases’ blunted their judgement and rotted them into an ‘emotionally-driven country’. 〈⇔constitutional country〉

Indeed, Catholicism is a large organisation, and for the faithful, they often know more about the humanity of the priests than the victims, and cannot believe the damage because “that priest was a good man”. Even more so if he was charismatic, as the accused priest in this film was. Only those who have fallen into the ditch of the world know the silent cry. It is a blind spot that makes people miserable.

Fr.Tanaka gave me a new turning point. Originally, love and justice were abstract concepts, but some of their properties are opposite. Love does not seek arguments, but justice seeks arguments in order to judge the authorities.

Jesus is ‘love’, but did he really have nothing to say about justice? It may be necessary to re-read the Bible with re-given eyes. Why is ‘justice’ difficult, because it is a ‘social practice’. One person cannot do anything alone, that is ‘justice’. The true motivation for this is ‘love’. What distorts love as a conclusion is self-deception.

According to ecclesiastical law, It is possible to punish and eventually deprive priests of ordination if they break their ordination vows by a decree issued by the Pope. However, the reality of the current situation is that the abuse and concealment of ‘forgiveness’ is rampant. Forgiveness of soul sins for things like sexual offences is not the same as absolution for crimes.

When people weigh ‘justice’ and ‘love’ into the balance, They take total happiness as ‘good’, reject arguments for justice and flee toward love. Without apology, comfort is falsehood itself. and It is a deception even in the language of daily prayer. This is not only in the church, but also in contemporary thought. Whether it is the responsibility of the individual or the functioning of society, the answer to this question is that it has not been put into social practice. This has led to consequentialism and has had to promote violence. We need to reconsider the social practice of justice today (after the murder of former Prime Minister Abe), which has become a dichotomy between love (empathy) and violence, rather than love and justice. Clergyman must also remember that the world will not be convinced by the cleanliness that has escaped Particular Judgment.

Fr.Tanaka, quoting from the Gospel of John 8:32 (only the truth will set one free), says this at the end of the book. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit given to us by the Lord so that we can always walk towards Him. Therefore, let us not despise those gifts by not listening to the Lord’s voice and acting according to our own will, but let us be awake so that we can hear God speak to us – we too, the great apostles and saints of old. Let us try to learn from the turnings

  The gift is the parable of the ‘talants’, which begins in Matthew 25:14. A talants is a currency, and it is said that one talant is enough for a lifetime. Many Japanese are offended by this story if they think of this as a mere coin. They get angry that the only condition for a person to go to the Kingdom of Heaven is a person who earns money. For example, in Takehiko Fukunaga’s ‘Flower of Grass’, there is a story in which the church is said to be a money-maker. Furthermore, Jesus uses violent language to take away from the cowards who could not increase at the end. This story requires God-given spontaneity, not external value. Just as Nabokov’s novel The Gift believes his poetic talent to be a gift, the Christian means to increase the same given talent as ‘Riches in Heaven’.

I like to use this story, but for a long time there was one thing I could not understand. Why did Jesus tell a man who was only a coward that “gnashing of teeth” and saw through his opponent’s nature? That could be said of a clergyman who is in breach and yet has temporary stability. Outwardly humble, but inwardly very ugly, it is evident.

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:29‐30

Those who are registered in the ministry by self-deception, without admitting their sins and voluntarily retiring, cannot go to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Charity thus demands that the Church’s pastors resort to the penal system whenever it is required, keeping in mind the three aims that make it necessary in the ecclesial community: the restoration of the demands of justice, the correction of the guilty party and the repair of scandals.



“Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, as God would have you” (cf. 1 Pet 5:2). 

Baptised persons are considered to have a ‘lay apostolate’. Spreading the Gospel in society has become a ‘vocation’ in the broadest sense, but in the case of modern Catholics, the laity are less actively proselytising. That is why I can say that we also live the Gospel and our souls are not beneath them. Therefore, we must not be oppressed.

In the recent issue of Cults (Sects), there are many who say that Catholics are the same, although they are not positioned as a cult because of Church law and other factors. It is undeniable that justice is not lived out if it cannot be said to be different. A clergyman who can only live by exploiting the goodwill of others and deceiving the love of God is a disease. The discussion on both sides of what happened to the priest-congregation is overwhelmingly more about the priest’s authority, and he attacks the congregation in the most acute way.

For example, as I was told.

‘You Bitch who cannot forgive others’

Why do they target my vital points?

These words robbed me of my creed and self-esteem. My weakness was my ‘faith’.

It is believers who are criticized because they are crazy about having faith, where faith becomes a weakness. Switching a good argument for a bad one is sophistry.

We do not want to see more damage like this. We are grateful for the encounter and dialogue with Fr. Tanaka, who does not turn away from the current situation and pursues justice.


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