Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Ordination of a permanent deacon to the presbyterate, 2003, Private.
A bishop asked the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments if he could ordain to the priesthood an unmarried man whom he had ordained to the permanent diaconate twelve years earlier. The Congregation sent the following response.
Prot. N. _____
We have received your letter of ____, through the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio, as concerns the request of Your Excellency with respect to the conferral of the Sacred Order of the Holy Priesthood upon Rev. Mr. _____.
We wish to inform you that in accord with the norms of the Letter of the Secretary of State of January 3, 1984, n. 122.735, you are able to proceed on your own authority in accepting and bringing Rev. Mr. _____ to priestly ordination provided that:
1. there are no impediments or irregularities to priestly ordination, which are reserved to the Apostolic See, as found in c. 1047, CIC;
2. all the requirements of c. 1025, CIC, have been met;
3. any dispensing from the normal course of academic studies and cultural formation, be brought to the attention of the Congregation for Catholic Education; (Please note that this Dicastery would be the only Congregation to have the competency to grant the sort of abbreviation of studies that you contemplate.)
4. that, as concerns the pastoral formation of a candidate for Priesthood, the dicastery that is competent is the Congregation for the Clergy.
With every good wish and kind regard, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Ordination of a permanent deacon to the presbyterate, 2003, Private, CLSA, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions, 2003, 19-20.