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					                        LAICIZATION PETITION MODELS

                              (1) TRANSMISSION LETTER:
Rev. P. Giovanni Daina, S.C.J.
Sacerdoti del S. Cuore
Via Casale S. Pio V, 20
00165 Roma Italy

                                           [date]

Dear Fr. Daina,

I am sending to you the libellus for John Doe, S.C.J. who is petitioning the Holy See for
laicization. I certainly hope that with all of the testimony that has been gathered in this
case that his request goes through quickly. .

I hope that you are doing well at this time. Give my best to all the confreres in Rome.

Gratefully yours in Christ,


Fr. Ed. Roe, S.C.J.
[delegate or instructor] of Provincial Superior
                                 (2) RELEASE FORM

I, John Doe, do hereby authorize the release of any confidential information concerning
my personal life, whether learned in the internal forum (in spiritual direction but not from
the Sacrament of Confession) or in the external forum which the Rev. Bill Noe, S.C.J.,
may have or possess, that may have a direct bearing on my request to the Holy Father for
dispensation from the clerical state to the Very Rev. Fred Roe, S.C.J., Provincial Superior
and Fr. Ed Coe, S.C.J., [instructor or delegate] of the Provincial Superior.


[date]

[signature of petitioner]




                        (3) DELEGATION DECLARATION

I, V. Rev. Fred Coe, S.C.J., Provincial Superior of the United States Province of the
Priests of the Sacred Heart, do hereby delegate Fr. Ed Roe, S.C.J., to be my personal
delegate in the instruction of the case on behalf of Rev. John Doe, S.C.J., who has
petitioned me requesting dispensation from the clerical state.


[date]

[signature]
Provincial Superior
                             (4) OATH OF PETITIONER

I, John Doe, S.C.J., swear that I will respond with the whole truth to all the questions
proposed to me. May God help me and these Holy Gospels which I touch with my hands.
Taken on [date] at [location]


Signature                      DATE



                          (5) LETTER TO SEEK TESTIMONY

[date]
Rev. Bill Noe, S.C.J.
[addess]

Dear Father Noe,

I am writing to you today on behalf of Father John Doe, S.C.J. who has petitioned the
Holy See for dispensation from the clerical state. I am the [delegate or instructor] of the
Provincial Superior who is handling Father Doe' petition.

John mentioned that you had played an important part in his formation and priestly years
either as a Superior or Formation Director or as a confrere. I would like to invite you to
contribute any data that you may have concerning John and his vocation which could aid
his petition to the Holy See. In particular, if you at any point, especially before
Ordination or First Vows or Final Vows, believed that John should not have been
ordained or allowed or encouraged to profess vows, please inform me of your reasons
why. Any information will be kept in the strictest of confidence and will only be seen by
myself, the Provincial Superior, the Superior General and the Holy See. The procedural
norms for dispensation from priestly celibacy call for all the superiors and other
witnesses to be asked to give testimony concerning the individual and his
ministry/religious life.

If you do not want to do this in writing, I will be more than happy to take your testimony
[over the telephone or in person]. This is acceptable to the Holy See. Please give some
thought to this matter and contact me within the next two weeks, as I am hoping to
complete his dossier and send it to Rome by [ date ]

Thanking you in advance for your cooperation in this matter and hoping that all is well
with you, I am,

Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Ed Cor, S.C.J.
Delegate of the Provincial Superior


                (6) NIHIL OBSTAT FROM LOCAL ORDINARY
The Most Rev. [name]
(Arch)bishop of [diocese]
[address]

Dear (Arch)bishop [name],

I am writing to you about one of our priests who resides in your diocese. His name is
Rev. John Doe, S.C.J. He is 44 years old and has been exclaustrated from the community
since August, 1984. He is employed as a computer programmer at Allen Bradley in
Milwaukee. He attends [name] Parish in your diocese. The address of his residence is:
[street, city, state].

Father Doe has requested a dispensation from celibacy and return to the lay state. We are
in the process of preparing his case for the Holy See and we must include a statement
from you about the absence of scandal. I am writing at this time to request such a
statement. Kindly send that statement to me.

To the best of our knowledge, there has been no scandal while he has been in your
diocese. Father Doe has been cooperative with us in preparing his case and is willing to
go through all the necessary canonical steps to receive the proper dispensation from the
Holy See.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely in the Sacred Heart,


Fr. Ed Coe, scj
[Delegate / instructor] of Provincial Superior
                (7) FIRST DRAFT OF PETITION COMPLETED

                                           [date]
Rev. John Doe, S.C.J.
[address]

Dear John,

I have finally finished the first draft of our interview. I want to thank you for making my
job a little bit easier through the cooperation that you gave me and the honesty that you
showed to me during the interview. I hope that I have been of service to you in this way. I
really do hope that we can get your petition through with a positive response. I hope that
you can get a chance to read through this report and make any corrections or additions
that you feel are necessary or important to your petition. Please send them back to me as
soon as possible and I will finalize it for you.

I hope that all is well with you. Take care and I will be remembering you in prayer.

Peace,



Fr. Ed Coe, SCJ
{delegate or instructor] of the Provincial Superior
       (8) AFTER COMPLETION OF CORRECTIONS IN 1ST DRAFT
                                           [date]
John Doe, S.C.J.
[address]

Dear John,

I received your corrected first draft of the interview. You will find enclosed with this
letter six (6) copies of the final version of the interview.

I have made the corrections as you indicated. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.
I will complete your dossier as soon as I gather the rest of the data. Once it is completed
and sent to Rome, I will let you know so you know that it is done. You may keep the
copy marked "Copy" if you want. Please sign all the copies in the place provided on the
last page of each packet.

Hope that things continue to go well for you. All is well here in Hales Corners. It was
good to be with you; keep in touch.

Please return the signed copies to me as soon as possible in the provided envelope.

Your brother in Christ,




Fr. Ed Coe, S.C.J.
[delegate / instructor] of the Provincial Superior
    (9) NOTIFICATION THAT CASE HAS GONE TO THE HOLY SEE

John Doe, S.C.J.
[address]

                                           [date]

Dear John,

I just want to drop you a line today to tell you that I have finished your case and petition
and forwarded it to the the General Superior for his votum, who will then forward your
petition to the Holy See.

I hope that things are going relatively well with you. I am glad that I have been able to
help you up to now. Take care and the best to you, John.

Your brother in Christ,




Fr. Ed Coe
[delegate / instructor] of the Provincial Superior
    (10) PROVINCIAL’S SUPPORT STATEMENT FOR LAICIZATION
V. Rev. Antonio Oregami, S.C.J.
Sacerdoti del S. Cuore
Via Casale S. Pio V, 20
00165 ROMA
Italy

Dear Father General,


I am supportive of Father John Jones' decision to seek laicization. After reading his
interview I believe [personal comments ].

For his eternal salvation and for the sake of the Church, I ask that he be granted this
dispensation.

Sincerely in the Sacred Heart,


V. Rev. Fred Roe, S.C.J.
Provincial Superior
      (11) SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR PETITION FOR LAICIZATON

1. PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION
a) State Name and address:
b) Age and date of birth and place of birth:
c) Date of First Profession in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart:
d) Date of Final Profession:
e) Date of Priestly Ordination:

2. FAMILY BACKGROUND
a) Names and addresses of Parents, their religion:
b) Names of brothers and sisters, if any:
c) Status of parents, father's occupation:
d) Any significant elements in family background (Alcoholism, heredity illnesses,
divorce or death, bicherity? Explain:


3. REASON FOR INTERVIEW
a) Do you acknowledge that you are petitioning the Holy Father for dispensation from the
clerical state and from all religious and clerical obligations including celibacy? (yes)
b) Do you confirm your written petition under oath in every detail? (yes)
c) The purpose of this interview is to verify and expand on what you have written. Some
of the questions I ask may be personally embarrassing to you, and if so, you should say
so. At the same time, you should realize that this interview is in strict confidence between
yourself, myself, and Father Provincial, the General Superior, and the Holy See. Do you
understand and agree to observe the confidentiality that all of us are bound to? (yes)


4. VOCATION AND MINOR SEMINARY
a) When and where did you enter the minor seminary? Age?
b) What lead you to enter the minor seminary?
c) What was the attitude of your parents? for or against? any pressures applied? What is
the character of your parents?
d) Did you enter of your own free will?
e) How did you progress through the minor seminary?
f) Did you have any vocation crises? If so, explain.
g) Where there any disciplinery problems? If so, explain.
h) Where there any difficulties with the practice of chastity during the minor seminary? If
so, explain.
i) What was your prayer life like at this time?
j) How often did you approach the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist?
k) Do you have any other observations on your early life, your initial vocation and your
minor seminary days?
5. NOVITIATE
a) When and where did you enter the novitiate? Age?
b) Why did you enter the novitiate? Any pressures?
c) How did you progress through the novitiate?
d) Did you have any vocation crises? If so, explain.
e) What was your disposition during the novitiate? happy? sad? Who was your Novice
Master? How would you characterize your relationship to the Novice Master?
f) Were the obligations of the vows and religious life properly explained to you? Did you
understand them?
g) Were there any problems with discipline during novitiate? Chastity? Exercises of
piety?
h) Before profession, did you make a written declaration about your full understanding of
the obligation of the vows, about your resolution to observe them, and your free desire to
go on to the clerical state in the Congregation? Did you consider profession as a brother?
i) Do you have any other observations on your novitiate year?

6. FIRST PROFESSION AND TEMPORARY VOWS
a) When and where did you make First Profession? Age?
b) What were your thoughts and feelings at First Profession?
c) Where did you spend the first four years of religious life? Dates? Age?
d) Who were your superiors? Masters of Clerics? Spiritual Directors? during those four
years.
e) What was your relationship to them? especially the Spiritual Director?
f) Any difficulties during this time? in studies? with vocation? in the observation of the
vow of poverty? chastity? obedience? religious discipline regularity? practice of prayer?
Were you ever repremanded by a superior or cleric master?
g) What kind of a student would you say you were during your college years?
h) What kind of religious would you say you were during your college years?
i) Do you have any other observations on your first four years of religious life?

7. FINAL VOWS
a) Where and when did you make final vows? Age?
b) I notice that there were # of years between first and final vows. Was this at your
request? Explain.-
c) Did you make a tertianship before final vows? If so, Where and under whose
direction? What relationship?
d) Were there any doubts before final profession. If so, explain.
e) What were your thoughts and feelings at final profession?


8. THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
a) Where and when did you make your theological studies? Age?
b) Who were your superiors? Cleric masters? Spiritual Directors?
c) What was your relationship to them? especially Spiritual Director?
d) How would you characterize your relationship to your fellow-students? to the
members of the faculty?
e) Any difficulties during this time? in studies? with vocation? With in poverty? chastity?
obedience? religious discipline and regularity? practice of prayer? reception of
sacraments? Were you repremanded by your superior or master of clerics?
Did you have trouble with any teaching of the church?
f) What kind of student would you say you were during your theological studies?
g) What kind of religious were you?
h) Before (sub-)deaconate, did you write and sign a sworn statement about your clear
understanding of the obligations of the vow of chastity and the law of celibacy and about
your freedom and willingness to embrace these obligations? Do you recall what your
state of mind was at that time?
i) During all your years in the seminary, did anyone ever advise you to leave the
seminary or the religious life" If so, please explain.
j) What was the state of your physical and mental health during your years in the
formation?


9. MAJOR ORDERS
a) When and where and from whom did you receive (sub) diaconate and presbyterate?
b) Did you make the customary retreat before each?
c) What was the disposition of your soul as you advanced toward the priesthood?
d) What was your age when you became a priest?
e) At what stage of your studies?
f) What was your thoughts and feelings on the day of ordination to the
priesthood?
g) How did your family react?

10. FIRST YEAR OF PRIESTHOOD
a) Where did you spend your first year as a priest?
b) Did you celebrate Mass every day?
c) Did you recite the Divine Office every day? Explain.
d) Did you perform any other priestly functions? If so, explain.
e) What was the disposition of your soul as you performed your priestly ministries?
f) Where there any difficulties during this first year? in the ministry? with vocation? in
poverty? chastity? obedience? religious discipline and regularity? Ever repremanded?
practice of prayer? Difficulties of faith? If so, what did you do about them? With what
result?
g) Did you have a spiritual director during this year? Did you see him with what result?
h) Do you have any other observations on your first year as a parish?

11. FIRST ASSIGNMENT
a) After completing theology, where were you assigned and when?
b) What were your responsibilities?
c) How did you carry them out?
d) Did you celebrate daily Mass and recite the Divine Office?
e) Who was your local superior? What was your relationship to him?
f) Did you experience any difficulties? in your ministry? with your vocation? in poverty?
in chastity? in obedience? in religious regularity? in the practice of prayer? in faith? If so,
what did you do about them? With what results?
g) Did you bring these difficulties to your local superior? higher superior? spiritual
director? with what results?
h) Did your local superior ever give you advice and direction? Did he ever give you a
repremand? Explain.
i) Anything else to add?


12. REASSIGNMENT
a) When did you leave this assignment?
b) What were the circumstances that lead up to this move?
c) What were your thoughts and feelings?
d) Did you celebrate Mass daily? Pray the Divine Office? Minister the Sacraments?

13. EXCLAUSTRATION
a) When was the last time you celebrated Mass?
b) When was the last time you prayed the Office?
c) Did you receive dispensation from Fr. Provincial or from the local Ordinary to omit or
commute the obligation of the Divine Office?
d) Did you receive permission to leave community life?
e) What was the substance of your conversation with Fr. Provincial in (December)?
f) What have you been doing since leaving the active ministry?
g) Have you caused any scandal?

14. PRESENT CONDITION
a) Have you ever had any emotional or behavioral problems? If so, explain.
b) Did you ever seek professional therapy or counseling? If so, from whom? When? With
what result?
c) Have you attempted marriage?         If so, when and where and with whom?
d) If not, are you interested in marriage in the near future? With whom? Is she Catholic?
Is she free to marry? How old is she?
e) When and under what circumstances did you meet her? (Have you been living without
civil marriage?)
f) Are there any plans for a civil or religious marriage in the near future? If so, when? (If
near, would you be willing to delay entering into an invalid marriage in order to show
good will towards the Holy Father, and avoid an excommunication for your and your
fiancee?)
g) Does your family know of your present situation? How much?
h) Does “Jane's” family know of her present situation? How much? Is she and/or you in
communication with them? Do you visit them?
i) What will be the reaction of your and her family and acquaintances if the Holy Father
should grant your petition?
j) Are you known as a priest: where you work? where you live? If so, to what extent?
k) If it is necessary to avoid scandal, would you be willing to reside in an
area where it would not be known that you had been active as a priest?
1) Do you understand that while your petition is being processed, you are not to exercise
any function of Orders, except to absolve a penitent in danger of death (canon 976)?

15. AFTER RE-READING TESTIMONY
Have you anything to add, surpress, correct, or change?


NAME OF INDIVIDUAL:



    (12) DIPSENSATION FROM THE CLERICAL STATE CHECK LIST

The Complete Dossier should contain the following acts and documents:
[]    Letter to petitioner from Provincial Secretary outlining laicization procedures.
[]    Delegation Declaration Oath of petitioner
[]    Interview with petitioner
[]    Letter to petitioner from delegate of Provincial Superior accompanying first draft
      of interview.
[]    Letter to Ordinary
[]    Petitioner's witness' letters
[]    Release of Information Form
[]    Delegate's Declaration of Truthfulness
[]    Determination of Delegate
[]    Letter to Father General from Provincial requesting laicization
[]    Petitio pro dispensatione a caelibatu form. a/Letter to petitioner from delegate
      accompanying packet
[]    Letter to petitioner from delegate informing him packet has been sent
[]    Cover letter to General Secretary from delegate sent with completed dossier.
[]    Petitioner's Severance and Retirement Benefits agreement

1. Formula "Petitio pro dispensatione a caelibatu" properly filled out.
2. The written request of the petitioner.
3. If relevant, the declaration on the delegation accorded by the
Provincial Superior for conducting the investigation.
4. Oath of the-petitioner who committed himself to respond to the different
questions in conformity with the truth.
5. The investigation properly so called or the interrogation of the
petitioner.
6. The witness of the superiors from the time of the formation of the
petitioner.
7. Other witnesses
8. If relevant, the opinion of experts.
9. The vote of the delegate who conducted the investigation.
10. The final vote of the Provincial Superior.
11. The vote concerning fear of scandal from the Ordinary where petitioner
is residing.
12. Declaration of the editor of the acts and documents on the truthfulness
of the content of the acts, their faithful transcription and their
integrity.

The complete dossier is to be sent to the Generalate for it to be sent to the Holy See.

[ ] Original and three copies are to be sent to Rome. date??????
[ ] One copy is to be retained in the individual's file.

				
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