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The incardination is the inclusion of a Roman Catholic cleric to his superior authority within the church and the resulting mutual relationship. Its termination is the excardination.

In the Roman Catholic Church every cleric must be incardinated, as stated in can. 265 CIC .

According to the CIC, instances capable of incardation are dioceses or other particular churches , personal prelatures , religious institutes , societies of apostolic life and, with special approval, secular institutes .

Incardination seeks both the incardinated clergy to serve in the respective organization of the Church, on the other hand inkardinierende organization to deal with it in their service and existentially secure, so to him alimony .

An ordination can only take place if such an authority is ready to incardinate the person to be consecrated. In religious institutes and societies of apostolic life, incardination as a cleric must be permanent incorporation according to can. 266 § 2 CIC . An incardination relationship can be transferred from one to another instance if, for example, a diocesan priest changes from one diocese to another, a diocesan priest joins a religious community or a religious priest leaves his order and becomes a diocesan priest, this is called umkardination .

Incardination took place until the new regulation by the Motu Proprio Paul VI. Ministeria quaedam with the tonsure, since then with the ordination of deacons by an institution with incardination rights. Incardination can also be ended by laicization , voluntarily or as a church punishment .


Individual evidence

  1. Dtv-Brockhaus, 1986, entry on incardination.
  2. ^ Ludger Müller , Christoph Ohly : Catholic Church Law. A study book. Paderborn. Schöningh 2018 (UTB; No. 4307), ISBN 978-3-8385-4307-9 , p. 244
  3. ministeriales Quaedam I-IV; Reiner Kacynski: Low orders . In: Walter Kasper (Ed.): Lexicon for Theology and Church . 3. Edition. tape 7 . Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 1998, Sp. 819 .