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The original schema of De Ecclesia in English
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:57:11 AM »
The draft on the dogmatic constitution on the Church, De Ecclesia, has been translated into English:

On this page, you will find individual links to the eleven chapters, presented in PDF format.  Here are their titles:

Chapter I: The Nature of the Church Militant (par. 1-7)
II: The Members of the Church Militant and Her Necessity for Salvation (par. 8-10)
III: The Episcopate As the Highest Level of the Sacrament of Orders / The Priesthood (par. 11-12)
IV: Residential Bishops (par. 13-16)
V: The States for Acquiring Evangelical Perfection (par. 17-19)
VI: The Laity (par. 20-27)
VII: The Teaching Office of the Church (par. 28-35, plus Commentary)
VIII: Authority and Obedience in the Church (par. 36-39)
IX: Relations Between Church and State (par. 40-44)
X: The Church's Obligation to Proclaim the Gospel to All Nations of the World (par. 45-47)
XI: On Ecumensim (par. 48-55)

Here is a link to all of the chapters combined into one document:
"Is there no exception to the rule forbidding the administration of the Sacraments to baptized non-Catholics who are in good faith? In the case of those who are in good health, the prohibition is absolute; no dispute on this point is possible in view of the repeated explicit declarations of the Holy Office" (Rev. S. Woywod, A Practical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, vol. I, sec. 625, p. 322ff.).

Contrast the above with the 1983 CIC, Can. 844 3 & 4: "Catholic ministers administer the sacraments of penance, Eucharist, and anointing of the sick licitly to members of Eastern Churches which do not have full communion with the Catholic Church. . . .  If the danger of death is present or if, in the judgment of the diocesan bishop or conference of bishops, some other grave necessity urges it, Catholic ministers administer these same sacraments licitly also to other Christians not having full communion with the Catholic Church." The phrase "properly disposed" does not save the canon from error, because the context shows that no conversion is expected on the part of non-Catholics ("manifest Catholic faith in respect to these sacraments" is the sole requirement).