Church and Law 2 (15) 2013, 2: 77-99

 The Preliminary Investigation in the Case of Dimissio de Statu Clericali


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Michał Grochowina


J.C.D. Candidate, Department of Public and Constitutional Church Law, Institute of Canon Law, Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland



In the article the Author explains l) the preliminary investigation according to the Code of Canon Law of 1983, 2) the preliminary investigation in the selected documents issued after the Code of Canon Law of 1983 and 3) offenses under pain of dismissal from the clerical state.

The legislator included in can. 1717-1719 of the Code of Canon Law of 1983 provisions obliged the ordinary to conduct the preliminary investigation. This investigation precedes a possible penal process.

The preliminary investigation can be defined as a preparatory measure aimed at detecting a crime, circumstances of an offense and inquiring the imputability of perpetrator. This stage of proceeding is marked by a caution and prudence lest anyone's good name be endangered by this investigation. Due to the nature of the punishment – dismissal from the clerical state – the investigator inquiring the facts and circumstances of an offense has to be prudent.

Słowa kluczowe: sankcja karna, wiadomość prawdopodobna, investigator, przestępstwo, poczytalność

Key words: criminal sanction, information which seems to be true, investigator, offense, imputability