Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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Yes! I am perfectly happy to confirm that we are in agreement that POW has no legal force and therefore cannot bind anyone.
This position, however, has consequences. Canonically, POW is not a “public” document of the Church. Consequently, it can only be a private document and, in canonical terms, the opinions expressed in it are only imputable to the person or persons expressing them – from what I can see the only person who signed it was Joe Duffy, the Bishop of Clogher. That is all I am saying.
For an example of an augmentative use of POW see footnote 38 of the document in the attached link. When referring to POW the use of the term “requirement” is not appropriate and should not be used. Remember the principle ubi lex non distinguit