CANONICAL ASPECTS OF EXCLAUSTRATION
A COMPARISON OF CIC cc. 686 & 687 & CCEO cc. 489-491 & 548
CCEO c. 410 describes the religious state as a stable mode of common life in an institute approved by the Church. Common life is one of the essential characters of religious state. Every religious is committed to reside in his or her own religious community. However, at times, a religious may find himself or herself unable to fulfill sincerely this commitment or at times, the institutes may find difficult with a member when his or her life brings serious harm to the life of the community. The canonical provision, called exclaustration, a temporary separation from the religious community, is a feasible and realistic solution for such difficult and extraordinary situations in religious life. The various canonical norms, articulated in both Codes regarding this provision are presented in a comparative manner in this article.