canonical acts


Acts that produce a legal effect according to the rules of ecclesiastical law, and are either allowed or forbidden. They comprise acts of

  • official administrators of ecclesiastical property
  • persons employed in ecclesiastical courts, judge, auditor, referee, “defensor vinculi” (e.g., for marriage), fiscal promotor and promotor of faith (for beatification and canonization), courier, beadle, lawyer, proxy
  • sponsors at Baptism and Confirmation
  • voting at ecclesiastical elections, including those held by chapters of religious communities
  • actual exercise of advowson

MLA Citation

  • “canonical acts”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 July 2012. Web. 16 January 2019. <>