[quote="Neofight, post:8, topic:332548"]
Agreed. Herein lies the danger of answering questions as a canonist instead of a catchiest.
I think the OP was looking for an understanding of Church practices, and not rote recitation , or even an unscholarly lay interpretation of a very complex set of laws that professional canonists have spend years studying (and I say that with great respect for other posters, who I am convinced are trying to be helpful).
But whenever the faithful pose a question, it should be seen as an opportunity for catechesis rather than legalism, because we are more apt to focus on faith, hope, and charity in teaching (see CCC25) than the starkness associated with Canon Law.
This is not to detract from the importance of the Code, but unless someone is asking specifically about Canon Law, it's like giving a person schematics to build a nuclear clock when he only wanted to know if you know what time it is!
If 1ke didn't post the quote from Canon Law, I would have. :p I get your point about avoiding legalism, but this is a very sepcific question with a very specific answer in Canon Law. So I don't think pointing out the canon is the wrong approach for this particular thread.
But, I know I always get confused by the years thing. Like how we're in the 21st century right now even though it's not 2100 yet. :o