Francis: Another Motu Proprio - More Confusion

Francis, known for his casuistic legalism, has issued another modification of Canon 700 on April 3, extending the time limite for appealing against dismissal from a religious community to 30 days.

This is the second time in a short period that Francis has amended this canon. In 2022, with the motu proprio Competentias quasdam, he decided that decrees dismissing religious no longer needed to be confirmed by the Holy See.

One wonders how canon lawyers are coping with Francis' chaotic proliferation of laws, sometimes couched in an unprofessional language that hampers the administration of justice.