No. You may not park here.

A young man in the Diocese of Madison recently posted on his blog (HERE) a photo of the jolly sign at the chancery marking the parking place of the local bishop, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino.

To wit…

Can. 1340 §1 A penance, which is imposed in the external forum, is the performance of some work of religion or piety or charity.

§2 A public penance is never to be imposed for an occult transgression.

§3 According to his prudent judgement, the Ordinary may add penances to the penal remedy of warning or correction.

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  1. VexillaRegis says:


  2. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    1340 is getting off light. This could could been a 1336, or 1332, or, even 1331.

  3. StJude says:

    Haha ….that’s funny!

  4. Elizabeth D says:

    LOL!! Brilliant. A gift from the excellent Tribinal??

  5. filioque says:

    St. Mary, Mother of God, parish in Washington, DC, has a sign at the parking lot gate warning non-parishioners: “Park not, lest ye be towed.”

  6. Phil_NL says:

    Hmm, how about Can. 1389, §1? :p

    A person who abuses an ecclesiastical power or function is to be punished according to the gravity of the act or omission, not excluding privation of office, unless a law or precept has already established the penalty for this abuse.

  7. Scott W. says:

    Securing primo parking is never an abuse of power. :)

  8. rbbadger says:

    Back in the early 1960s, Bishop Jerome D. Hannan of the Diocese of Scranton decreed that a latae sententiae suspension would be incurred by any cleric of the Diocese who went boating with a female companion. The decree, which can be seen in the book Envisioning Faith by James B. Earley, also states that it is immaterial whether the female companion is in the boat or on skis. The suspension would still apply.

  9. lelnet says:

    It could reasonably be argued (possibly even by me) that the most important purely-worldly trait in a bishop is a working sense of humor.

    Good to know that Madison is in good hands, in that regard. :)

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