Concerning these passages of canon law:
***Can. 885 §1. **The diocesan bishop is obliged to take care that the sacrament of confirmation is conferred on subjects who properly and reasonably seek it.
**§2. *A presbyter who possesses this faculty must use it for the sake of those in whose favor the faculty was granted.
*Can. 889 §1. Every baptized person not yet confirmed and only such a person is capable of receiving confirmation.
§2. To receive confirmation licitly outside the danger of death requires that a person who has the use of reason be suitably instructed, properly disposed, and able to renew the baptismal promises.
Can. 890 The faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the proper time. Parents and pastors of souls, especially pastors of parishes, are to take care that the faithful are properly instructed to receive the sacrament and come to it at the appropriate time.
Can. 891 The sacrament of confirmation is to be conferred on the faithful at about the age of discretion unless the conference of bishops has determined another age, or there is danger of death, or in the judgment of the minister a grave cause suggests otherwise.*
How is it possible that a parish or a diocese can proscribe a certain bunch of hoops to jumped through before confirmation, over and above what is necessary to demonstrate that those seeking it have been suitably instructed and are properly disposed?
For instance, if someone knows all of the subject matter that is going to be taught in an academic preparation, how can they be required to take the class as a condition on top of that, a class in which they can only miss four classes out of thirty or so that are only offered at limited times? If they can demonstrate that they’ve performed a hundred hours of service a year for the past three years, how can they be denied the sacrament because they didn’t meet a service requirement? Why, if the diocesan bishop is obliged to take care that the sacrament be conferred on those who are properly disposed and reasonably seek it, can there be such a limited way to demonstrate that?
I’m wondering if the limited means of demonstrating readiness for the sacrament don’t amount to denying the sacrament, and not to a small number of Catholics. Can anyone comment on this?