The solemn act which renounces a heretical doctrine, by reading out a formula of faith in the presence of the Ordinary or his delegate. Until the end of the 10th century it was not formally distinguished from the penitential rites for the readmission of an apostate, or of a heretic baptized outside the Church. For infidels abjuration has a character more ritual than juridical and is contained in the rite of Baptism itself.

MLA Citation

  • “abjuration”. A Small Liturgical Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 July 2012. Web. 24 January 2017. <http://catholicsaints.info/abjuration/>