Ius remonstrandi

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In Catholic canon law, ius remonstrandi (Latin: "right of objection") refers to the right in law to protest a Papal bull, edict or law.[1]

The right is usually reserved for a Catholic bishop or other high-ranking church official.[2][3]

In 1994, Belgian politician and canon law scholar Rik Torfs appealed to bishops to use their ius remonstrandi to protest the papal letter ordinatio sacerdotalis, which sought to close the debate on allowing women into priesthood.[4]


  1. ^ Torbet, Ronald (1969). Authority and Obedience in the Church Today—II New Blackfriars Volume 50, Issue 592, pages 626–632, September 1969
  2. ^ Guth, Hans-Jurgen (2002). Ius Remonstrandi: a bishop's right in law to protest. Revue de droit canonique 2002, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 153-165 [13 page(s) (article)], [Note(s): 231, 234-235, 238 [17]
  3. ^ Müller, Hubert (1992). How the Local Church Lives and Affirms Its Catholicity. The Jurist, 52; 340 (1992)
  4. ^ Torfs, Rik (1995). A healthy rivalry: human rights in the church. Volume 20 of Louvain theological & pastoral monographs. Peeters Publishers, ISBN 978-90-6831-762-6