|Sanctions in the Church » Delicts and Penalties in General » Penal Law and Penal Precept|
|Generally, a penalty is ferendae sententiae, so that it does not bind the guilty party until after it has been imposed; if the law or precept expressly establishes it, however, a penalty is latae sententiae, so that it is incurred ipso facto when the delict is committed.|
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