What offices or organs exist in regimes of the church during sede plena, sede impedita and sede vacante?
Question 8: What offices or organs exist in regimes of the church during sede plena, sede impedita and sede vacante?
Answer 8: The offices and organs that exist during sede vacante and sede impedita include: The Diocesan Chancellor to notarize and authentic documents especially the bull of election for canonical possession, the Judicial Vicar until the new appointment or reappointment by the new bishop. The diocesan administrator cannot validly remove the Judicial Vicar. The Auxiliary bishop who is not a Vicar General, and not appointed either as the Apostolic or diocesan administrator, continues to exercise the faculty he had as Episcopal Vicar. The Financial Administrator for routine administrative services but no major acts of administration. For the bodies, the college of consultors in order to elect the diocesan administrator within 8 days and to accept the bull for canonical possession, they are also to give advice or consent in some cases to the acts of the diocesan administrator.
All the other persons and organs like Vicar General, Episcopal vicar, Presbyteral Council, Curial Council and Pastoral Council cease to exist automatically with sede vacante.
In places where you have the cathedral chapter, it continues in existence and is akin to the college of consultors.