Further thoughts on formal defection
Canon Law Discussions. Praecipue ad usum scholarum.
I. The Formal Act of Defection.
1. It is possible (c. 124), but highly unusual, to impose, for validity, on “rank-and-file” members of the Church, the specific obligation of writing when they wish to acheive an effect in the Church. Indeed, outside of a few cases involving higher-level ecclesiastical administration, it appears that a writing requirement for the validity of an action is virtually unheard of. Rest of post continued off-blog.