• Latin: inter, between; dico, say


A censure by which the faithful, while remaining in communion with the Church, are forbidden the use of certain sacred things, such as liturgical services, some of the sacraments, and Christian burial. It does not, like excommunication, cut one off from Church membership, nor does it always suppose a personal fault. When it is imposed for a fixed period it is a vindictive penalty, e.g., because of some grave act done against the person of the bishop by members of a parish. Interdict may be local, personal, or mixed. The usual services of religion are curtailed but the necessary sacraments are given to the dying; marriages may be celebrated and Holy Communion administered during a general local interdict. A general interdict may be inflicted only by the Holy See or by its order; an interdict on a parish or on particular persons may be inflicted also by the bishop.

MLA Citation

  • “interdict”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 May 2015. Web. 23 January 2022. <>