Residenzpflicht (canon law)

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In Catholic and Protestant canon law, residence requirements mean that the holders of church  offices - especially Catholic and Protestant pastors - are obliged to live near the church in the church's official residence or in the parsonage assigned to them . The same applies in Germany to permanent deacons in the parish service.

Exceptions to this obligation can be granted in justified cases.

As the head of a Roman Catholic diocese, the Catholic bishop is obliged to reside in his diocese.

In addition to the residence requirement, in canon law the person concerned is also required to be present .

Individual evidence

  1. Codex of Canon Law, see Can. 533 §1 "The pastor is obliged to have his residence in the rectory near the church"
  2. Parish Service Act of the EKD § 38 "Parish priests are obliged to live at the place of work"
  3. Framework regulations for permanent deacons in the dioceses of the Federal Republic of Germany see § 14 - Residenzpflicht ( Memento of the original from April 1, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 179 kB) "The permanent deacon in the parish service should live at his place of work" @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Codex of Canon Law, see Can. 395 "The diocesan bishop, even if he has a coadjutor or auxiliary bishop, is obliged to reside personally in the diocese."