Would canon law prohibit the formation of a religious institute of single Catholic women with dependent children? I don’t see this mentioned as an impediment in canon 643 although I know proper law can include/establish additional impediments.
Of course, women with dependent children are not accepted into traditional religious communities, but if an institute were established with this charism in mind, with the children living in community.
Please note: I am not necessarily seeking opinions on whether or not this would be advisable, just curious if it would be possible under canon law.
Thanks for your help!
Can. 643 §1. The following are admitted to the novitiate invalidly:
1/ one who has not yet completed seventeen years of age;
2/ a spouse, while the marriage continues to exist;
3/ one who is currently bound by a sacred bond to some institute of consecrated life or is incorporated in some society of apostolic life, without prejudice to the prescript of ⇒ can. 684;
4/ one who enters the institute induced by force, grave fear, or malice, or the one whom a superior, induced in the same way, has received;
5/ one who has concealed his or her incorporation in some institute of consecrated life or in some society of apostolic life.
§2. Proper law can establish other impediments even for validity of admission or can attach conditions.