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2018 | 27 | 1 | 189-208

Article title

Szafarz sakramentu bierzmowania w świetle Pontyfikału i Rytuału rzymskiego oraz Kodeksu Prawa Kanonicznego z 1983 r.


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Minister of the sacrament of confirmation in light of “The Pontifical”, “Roman Ritual” and “Code of Canon Law” of 1983

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The purpose of the article is to share the reflection about the minister of the sacrament of confirmation in light of two binding liturgical books: the Pontifical “Ordo Confirmationis”, the Ritual “Ordo initiationis christianae adultorum” and the Code of Canon Law of 1983. The sacrament of confirmation is usually administered by the bishop, however he isn’t the only minister of this sacrament, since a presbyter may be authorised by the bishop to administer this sacrament as well. Although the Constitution “Lumen gentium”, no 26 defines bishops as appropriate ministers of confirmation (ministri originarii confirmationis) by introducing this new term to terminology, the legislator of the Code calls the bishop an ordinary minister (minister ordinarius), applying the term used in the Church since the church council in Florence. Most canonists share the opinion that the term “ordinary minister”, which is traditionally and historically justified, seems to be more capacious and comprises the church council term “minister originarius”. Here in turn the meaning of the latter one is emphasized by theologians, according to whom the church council by using this new term brings out the truth that the intervention of the bishop in the sacrament of confirmation is the extension of the event of Paschal Pentecost. In this perspective the person of bishop who administers the sacrament of confirmation becomes a connection with Pentecostal Church, a guarantee of Church unity. Due to his presence and service confirmands have stronger feeling of connection with their own diocese and with the universal Church. According to the binding doctrine and the law of universal Church, the sacrament of confirmation is administered legally by presbyters. In Roman Pontifical and in the Code of Canon Law of 1983 an extension of presbyters’ rights can be noticed in terms of administering the sacrament of confirmation in light of the rules which were previously binding.








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  • Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego, Warszawie


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Publication order reference



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