1031.2 A candidate for the permanent diaconate
who is not married is not to be admitted to the diaconate until
after completing at least the twenty-fifth year of age; one who is
married, not until after completing at least the thirty-fifth year
of age and with the consent of his wife.
1031.3 The conference of bishops is free to
establish norms which require an older age for the presbyterate and
the permanent diaconate.
1031.4 A dispensation of more than a year from
the age required according to the norm of #1 and #2 is reserved to
the Apostolic See.
1032.3 A person aspiring to the permanent
diaconate is not to be promoted to this order until he has completed
the time of formation.
1033 A person is promoted licitly to orders only
if he has received the sacrament of confirmation.
1034.1 A person aspiring to the diaconate or
presbyterate is not to be ordained unless he has first been enrolled
among the candidates through the liturgical rite of admission by the
authority mentioned in can. 1016 and 1019; his petition is
previously to have been written in his own hand, signed, and
accepted in writing by the same authority.
1034.2 A person who has been received into a
clerical institute through vows is not bound to obtain this
1035.1 Before anyone is promoted to the permanent
diaconate or transitional diaconate, he is required to have received
the ministries of lector and acolyte and to have exercised them for
a suitable period of time.
1035.2 There is to be an interval of at least six
months between the conferral of the ministry of acolyte and the
1036 In order to be promoted to the order of
diaconate or of presbyterate, the candidate is to present his bishop
or competent major superior a declaration written in his own hand
and signed in which he attests that he will receive the sacred order
of his own accord and freely and will devote himself perpetually to
the ecclesiastical ministry and at the same time asks to be admitted
to the order to be received.
1037 An unmarried candidate for the permanent
diaconate and a candidate for the presbyterate are not to be
admitted to the order of diaconate unless they have assumed the
obligation of celibacy in the prescribed rite publicly before God
and the Church or have made perpetual vows in a religious
1039 All candidates for any order are to make a
spiritual retreat for at least five days in a place and manner
determined by the ordinary. Before the bishop proceeds to
ordination, he must be certain that the candidates properly made
1041 The following are irregular for receiving
1041.1 a person who labors under some form of
amentia or other psychic illness due to which, after experts have
been consulted, he is judged unqualified to fulfill the ministry
1041.2 a person who has committed the delict of
apostasy, heresy, or schism.
1041.3 a person who has attempted marriage, even
only civilly, while either impeded personally from entering marriage
by a matrimonial bond, sacred orders, or public perpetual vow of
chastity, or with a woman bound by a valid marriage or restricted by
same type of vow;
1041.4 a person who has committed voluntary
homicide or procured a completed abortion and all those who
positively cooperated in either;
1041.5 a person who has mutilated himself or
another gravely and maliciously or who has attempted
1041.6 a person who has placed an act of orders
reserved to those in the order of episcopate or presbyterate while
either lacking that order or prohibited from its exercise by some
declared or imposed canonical penalty.
1051 The following prescripts regarding the
investigation about the qualities required in the one to be ordained
are to be observed:
1051.1 there is to be a testimonial of the rector
or the seminary or house of formation about the qualities required
to receive the order, that is, about the sound doctrine of the
candidate, his genuine piety, good morals, and aptitude to exercise
the ministry, as well as, after a properly executed inquiry, about
his state of physical and psychic health;
1051.2 in order to conduct the investigation
properly, the diocesan bishop or major superior can employ other
means which seem useful to him according to the circumstances of
time and place, such as testimonial letters, public announcements,
or other sources of information.
1174.1 Clerics are obliged to perform the Liturgy
of the Hours according to the norm of Canon 276.2, n.3; members of
institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life are
bound according to the norm of their
1174.2 Other members of the Christian faithful
according to circumstances are also earnestly invited to participate
in the Liturgy of the Hours inasmuch as it is the action of the