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n. Roman Catholic Church
An authorization granted by the pope, allowing a bishop or diocese to deviate from canon law in some particular.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin indultum, from Late Latin, concession, gift, from Latin indultum, neuter past participle of indulgēre, to be kind.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a faculty granted by the Holy See allowing a specific deviation from the Church's common law
[C16: from Church Latin indultum a privilege, from Latin indulgēre to indulge]
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an often temporary dispensation granted by the pope, permitting a deviation from church law.
[1525–35; < Medieval Latin indultum, n. use of neuter of Latin indultus, past participle of indulgēre to indulge]
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Regarding the latter, these general premises were turned into the explicit prohibition of guaranteeing amnesties or indults to sexual violence crimes and the creation of a special team on sexual violence within the Investigation and Accusation Unit that is part of the Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-Repetition planned in the agreement.
First, it calls for careful theological, historical, and pastoral investigation into "each part of the liturgy which is to be revised." Second, it specifies that this investigation is to be done in light of "the general laws governing the structure and meaning of the liturgy and from the experience derived from recent liturgical reforms and indults conceded to various places." (46) Third--and the aspect that deserves attention for my purposes here--is this: "There must be no innovations unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires them; and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing."
The relevant recent indults mentioned in SC no.23 would have included those granting permission to use vernacular languages in ritual celebrations in various countries from as early as 1941.
(111) Me Guy du Rousseaud de la Combe, Recueil de jurisprudence canonique et beneficiale, par ordre alphabetique : avec les pragmatiques, concordats, bulles & indults des papes, ordonnanees, Edits & Deelarations de nos Rois ; Arrets & Reglements intervenus sur cette Matiere dans les differens Tribunaux du Royaume, jusqu'a present, Paris, Delalain, 1755, sub verbo << femme separee >>.
(144) PiusXII, Sacram communionem: Motu Proprio whereby the indults granted by the Apostolic Constitution "Christus Dominus" are extended, in ACR 34 (April 1957): 97-98.
Jesus Torres, was the primary signatory on official documents such as indults, releasing religious from solemn vows, a seemingly clear exericise of jurisdiction.
bishops that they request an indult, or exception, from Rome in order that U.S.
In private discussion, the announcement about an indult brought a sigh of dismay from one delegate.
Still, for innocent prisoners whose cases have been reviewed by the commission, the nightmare doesn't end with the presidential indult.