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I found this on another forum. What happens?
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What happens if a priest of say the SSPX were to desire to leave the priesthood what would happen? What should he do, if he finds out that being a priest was not for him after he got ordained.

How does he get out of the priesthood?
Technically he would have to go to Rome and petition for laicization.  In practice, he might just stop being a priest.

But once a priest, always a priest.  The Sacrament is indelible.  So there's not really "getting out" in the complete sense.
Talk to his superiors.  They'll advise him from there.
(04-08-2011, 06:02 PM)love alabama Wrote: [ -> ]I found this on another forum. What happens?
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What happens if a priest of say the SSPX were to desire to leave the priesthood what would happen? What should he do, if he finds out that being a priest was not for him after he got ordained.

How does he get out of the priesthood?

It is possible for a priest to violate his duties, and this is a sin. A priest, in practice, could walk away and do whatever he wanted.

Quote:Can. 291 Apart from the cases mentioned in can. 290, n. 1, the loss of the clerical state does not carry with it a dispensation from the obligation of celibacy, which is granted solely by the Roman Pontiff.

Can. 292 A cleric who loses the clerical state in accordance with the law, loses thereby the rights that are proper to the clerical state and is no longer bound by any obligations of the clerical state, without prejudice to can. 291. He is prohibited from exercising the power of order, without prejudice to can. 976. He is automatically deprived of all offices and roles and of any delegated power.

So, such a priest is not held to the obligations of a priest, but he does still have his priesthood, and the vow of celibacy. This state brings into light the "valid and illicit" issue, as such a priest can still consecrate, but it is illicit.

I have no idea what the SSPX would do in this case. It is only done for the gravest of reasons by the Apostolic See, and the SSPX has issues which would complicate that.