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German cardinal uses canon law to prevent French bishop from speaking


Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne has invoked canon law to prevent a dismissed French bishop from speaking in his Archdiocese.

Catholic News Service reports that Cardinal Meisner cited Canon 763 of the Code of Canon Law to force Bishop Jacques Gaillot to withdraw from a speaking engagement in the archdiocese.

Canon 763 allows bishops to prevent other bishops from preaching in their dioceses, "but only in particular instances and for a serious reason, for example, that the bishop is known to be preaching error or folly."

Bishop Gaillot was removed as head of the Diocese of Evreux, France, in 1995 for opposing official church positions on issues like celibacy, women priests and the use of condoms to prevent AIDS.

Bishop Gaillot was scheduled to speak at a 28 October panel in Bonn titled "Being Christian in the Third Millennium: A Faith Which Has Hope."

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German cardinal uses canon law to prevent French bishop from speaking (Catholic News Service 2/11/04)


3 Nov 2004