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DECLARATION AND CONSTITUTION
Canon 1 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry is a Universal Apostolic Denomination that brings brotherhood of all clergy together in unity of the Priesthood in Apostolic Succession.
Canon 2 - We are an Apostolic Church. When Christ Jesus walked this earth, He chose for himself 12 men to follow Him. These twelve disciples of our Lord were the twelve Apostles, with whom Jesus entrusted the Church. As the Apostles went into the world to spread the Gospel, they appointed bishops to lead the Church. Those who have been consecrated Bishop can trace their authority back to the Apostles and to Christ in an unbroken line of succession. We are one with the Apostolic Rite and the New Covenant.
Canon 3 - We believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church Sacred in accord with tradition. The Church declares its belief that the Bishops of the Church are the Successors to the Apostles and hold the teaching authority granted to the Apostles by Jesus Christ. This authority is not vested in a single bishop regardless of office or position but is equally and jointly held by all bishops.
Canon 4 - The Apostolic Church is a Catholic Church in its right. Rome holds no copyright on the term catholic. The word means "universal" or "worldwide." We are a Catholic Church because we teach the faith that Christ Himself gave to the Apostles and we continue the ancient Apostolic practices. Apostolic which means Apostles of Christ. We are His teachers and preachers of His holy word and are with one in Him.
Canon 5 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry is an Ecumenical (Inter-Communion) Apostolic jurisdiction of the Holy Order of the Priesthood that welcomes unity of the Christian Ministry that consist of the Anglican Rite, Episcopal or Reformed Episcopal, Lutheran, Celtic Rite, Roman (Latin) Rite, Liberal Catholic Rite, Charismatic Catholic Rite, and Orthodox Rites (East and West) and Independent Catholic Rite. We come together as one cause for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry is made up of a unity within a Communion of Lay Ministers, Deacons, Priests, and Bishops that are looking for a place without being judged by their past. We are all Disciples of Christ dedicated as Apostles to preach the gospel of His Holy Word. We are here to teach what the Bible has given us the truth of the Living God. This makes the Apostolic Rite.We are the teachers of Christ and follow what was passed down in the Scriptures.
Canon 6 - We do not judge other ministers because they are not of our Church. When they are ordained as ministers, they are ordained to preach the Whole Divine Gospel of God, and this is done by the laying on of hands. When we were ordained Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, we became a brotherhood within the Priesthood of Apostles and have been given the authority to pass down through Apostolic Succession to teach the New Covenant to the faithful. The Bishops were given the authority as the overseer of the Church as Jesus appointed in the Scriptures.
Canon 7 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry declares its belief in the ancient Symbol of Faith known as the Nicene Creed, with or without "filioque." We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth and of all that is seen and unseen; and in one Lord Jesus Christ the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father: God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God. Begotten, not made, one in being with the Father, through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and, by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary and became man. For our sake, He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again, in fulfillment of the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He shall come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His Kingdom shall have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified; He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, we acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Canon 8 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry also accepts the other ancient statements of faith known as the Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as equally valid and useful summarizations of the Christian Faith that was once delivered to the Saints. These creeds teach that God is triune -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the Son became man; He came down from heaven to be born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life. He was crucified for us at Calvary, He died and was buried, and he rose again from death. By His most precious death and passion, He provided for us sinners a way to be reconciled to God.
Canon 9 - The Creed of Athanasius was written by St. Hilary to set-forth the teaching of St. Athanasius. Athanasius was born about 295 AD and was a deacon theologian present at the council of Nicea. He is largely responsible for the Nicene Creed. The Athanasian Creed presents the clearest statement of the Christian Doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Incarnation. The Nicene Creed is recited every Sunday.
We recite the Athanasian Creed once a year on Trinity Sunday.
1. Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith;
2. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
3. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
4. Neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance.
5. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit.
6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
7. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit.
8. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated.
9. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
10. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.
11. And yet they are not three eternals but one eternal.
12. As also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensible, but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.
13. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty.
14. And yet they are not three almighties, but one almighty.
15. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;
16. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
17. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord;
18. And yet they are not three Lords but one Lord.
19. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;
20. So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say; There are three Gods or three Lords.
21. The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.
22. The Son is of the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten.
23. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
24. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
25. And in this Trinity none is afore or after another; none is greater or less than another.
26. But the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal.
27. So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
28. He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
29. Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
30. For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man.
31. God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man of substance of His mother, born in the world.
32. Perfect God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
33. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood.
34. Who, although He is God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ.
35. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of that manhood into God.
36. One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
37. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ;
38. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead;
39. He ascended into heaven, He sits on the right hand of the Father, God, Almighty;
40. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
41. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;
42. and shall give account of their own works.
43. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
44. This is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully he cannot be saved.
Canon 10 - We accept the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, however nothing in this Canon shall be construed as to compel any lay member, Deacon, Priest or Bishop of a Rite or Tradition other than the Anglican Rite or Tradition to accept the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion.
Canon 11- We believe that the sacraments are outward signs of the continued presence of Christ and his saving grace among us. There are seven sacraments:
The Sacrament of Baptism: Baptism by water in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a cleansing of sin and a new birth. John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way before the Lord. He called sinners to be baptized in the River Jordan in preparation for the coming ministry of our Lord Jesus.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist: The Mass is the Lord’s Supper, otherwise known as the Eucharist, Holy Communion, or Divine Liturgy. Jesus instituted this sacrament when he gathered together His disciples and broke bread among them and shared a cup of wine. The bread is His body; the wine is His most precious blood. When we come to the Lord’s Table at Mass to receive this sacrament; we come as humble members of the Body of Christ after careful preparation. The Eucharist is the central focus of our Church Service. All bishops and priests of the The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry should celebrate The Eucharist once a week if possible. The Eucharist should be offered as often as possible to all baptized Christians, or believe themselves so to be, a part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, and shall not be turned away from the Love of Christ for reasons of race, religion, creed, national origin or sexual orientation. It is a hope and expectation that those who do partake of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, do so after confessing their sin to Almighty God and renounce and repent from their sin.
The Sacrament of Confirmation: Confirmation is the laying on of hands by the bishop. People receiving confirmation are instructed about the church and faith. When the Bishop confirms in person, he does so in the long line of succession by which the Apostles themselves laid their hands on the first bishops. The sacrament conveys the gifts of the Holy Ghost. Recognizing this, we must also be cognizant of the fact that due to the diverse geographical structure of the The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry and the placement of its Bishop's and clergy, it may become necessary for the Sacrament of Confirmation to be administered by a Priest. Therefore, nothing in this Canon shall prohibit a Bishop or Archbishop from withholding permission or dispensation to a Priest or Pastor of a parish from administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to persons so instructed about the church and faith.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Penance is the confession of sin to God in the presence of a priest. The priest pronounces the forgiveness of sin and blesses the penitent. All confession is private and inviolable. The priest may not reveal a confession to anyone except God alone. He may not even bring up the contents of a confession to the same penitent later in time.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: Holy Unction is the anointing with oil for healing when one is ill. The oil used has been blessed by the bishop for this special use. If there shall exist an emergency where death is imminent in the person receiving the anointing, and there is no oil available for this special use, and there is no possibility of such oil being blessed by a Bishop in a timely manner, then it shall be permissible for a Priest to bless this oil in context with the use of this Canon.
The Sacrament of Matrimony: Holy Matrimony is the union of one man and one woman for life before God. A man and a woman come before the Church of God to make their vows. This relationship is like Christ and His Church. The Church is the bride.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders: Holy Orders convey the Apostolic Ministry of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons in the Church. These orders were instituted by Christ. It was and shall be unlawful for any member of the Episcopacy of the The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry to offer, confer or celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Orders for any candidate to Holy Orders in exchange for any donation or tithe, no matter what form the donation or tithe may take. That is to say money, goods, valuables or services, or any other article. Likewise, it shall be unlawful for any member of the Episcopacy of the The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry to offer for the above mentioned consideration(s) elevation to the Episcopacy to any candidate eligible and approved for the same. Violation of this is Simony and will not be tolerated, accepted or condoned in any manner. This in and of itself may result in the immediate revocation, nullification and termination of any association or affiliation with The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry. This and of itself may result in the immediate removal of faculties or credentials of any parties involved in the sale of Holy Orders or of any office of the Church. A thorough investigation will be conducted and all evidence will be prayerfully considered. In any case, the facts and circumstances, once uncovered, will be presented to the Council of Bishops of the The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry. Any determinations to the sanctions levied, if any, will be made in a Christ like manner, with love and compassion. If the offending parties refuse to accept the sanctions imposed, if any, the matter may be adjudicated by the Presiding Bishop.
Canon 12 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry declares its belief in the Revelation of God and God’s Son Jesus Christ found in the Canonical Scriptures (i.e. the Bible). This Revelation is inert in matters of faith.
Canon 13 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry declares its belief in the Seven Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick as signs of the Lord Jesus’ continuing Presence and action in His Church and channels of Actual and Sanctifying Grace.
Canon 14 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry declares its belief in the actual, real, and true Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ; body and blood, soul and divinity; in each and every portion of the Eucharistic Elements of bread and wine; from the moment of their consecration in the Liturgy until the moment of their dissolution. The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry does not identify the process by which this miracle transpires as the Lord Jesus has not seen fit to reveal a mechanism we simply accepts that it is true, on His Word.
Canon 15 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry declares its belief in the normative decrees of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the undivided church: the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, Constantinople in 381 AD, Ephesus in 431 AD, Chalcedon in 451 AD, Constantinople II in 553 AD, Constantinople III in 680 AD and Nicaea II in 787 AD.
Canon 16 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry declares its belief in the Sacred Tradition of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Canon 17 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry declares that Matters of the Faith may be defined only in the presence of a moral consensus of all bishops and that, to be considered normative for the Church, a teaching proposed by the Bishops in a matter of Faith must also be received by a moral consensus of the people of God (sensum fidei).
Canon 18 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry declares its belief that Apostolic Succession, vested in the bishop, and passed by them in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is necessary for the licit and efficacious celebration of the Sacraments.
Canon 19 - The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry declares its belief that it is called by Jesus Christ to preach the good news of his life, death, and resurrection; and to extend His Sacraments to all who appropriately and reverently seek them.
THE PRESIDING BISHOP AND THE GOVERNING COUNCIL BOARDS
The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry
Canon 20 - The Three Presiding Governing Councils (which are; The Ministerial Council Board of Directors, The Celtic Cross Conclave of International Independent Catholic and Christian Bishops and the Celtic Cross Abbesses Council of the St. John the Evangelist Sisterhood) of The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry shall conduct meetings and vote on matters placed before them by the Presiding Bishop.
Canon 21 - The Presiding Bishop shall preside over the Council of Bishops and take order for the consecration of bishops upon their appointment. He shall perform all duties currently delegated to him either by his own order or the canons of this code.
Canon 22 - All necessary expenses of the Presiding Bishop shall be provided for in the budget to be submitted to the Vicar General, or if this position is vacant, to the Council Chairman of the individual Board of Council.
Canon 23 - The Council of Bishops consists of all bishops duly appointed and consecrated by mandate from the Presiding Bishop. The Council of Bishops shall consist of those Bishops and Archbishops directly under the jurisdiction of the Independent Catholic Church. The Council of Bishops shall vote on all matters brought before them.
ON PARISHES AND PARISH COUNCILS
Canon 24 - The formation of a new parish or the reception of an existing one is left to the action of the Bishop Missionary with the approval of the Presiding Bishop.
Canon 25 - Every parish shall, if possible, own its own property and have control over it and neither the The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry nor the Diocesan Bishop shall have any equitable interest or trust estate therein. For the purposes of his office, and for the full and free discharge of all the functions and duties pertaining thereto, the Rector, shall at all times, be entitled to the use and control of the church and parish buildings with the appurtenances and furniture thereof.
Canon 26 - A Rector shall be appointed by the Diocesan Bishop, or in the absence of a Diocesan Bishop, the Bishop Missioner, or Apostolic Administrator. The Bishop and the Rector shall be subject to the provisions of these canons. In every case, the Archbishop shall license the credentials of the priest chosen to be Rector before he is canonically instituted.
Canon 27 - The Parish Council of the parish is the governing board chosen in accordance with the canons of this code and by the parishes own by-laws. The rector shall be an ex-officio member of the Parish Council who chairs the meeting of the council with voice, with vote, and with signatory powers.
Canon 28 - Each parish shall set the qualifications for the members of its council in the parish bylaws.
CONGREGATIONS OR CLERGY SEEKING AFFILIATION
Canon 29 - A congregation of Christian people, holding the Christian faith as set forth in the catholic creeds and recognizing the Holy Scriptures as containing all things necessary for salvation and using a rite approved by this Fellowship or declaring its intention to do so, may make application for affiliation with The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry to the Bishop Ordinary of the jurisdiction where the congregation is located. The Ordinary may accept the congregation pending the approval of the Presiding Bishop and the Celtic Cross Conclave of Bishops.
Canon 30 - A minister who has not received apostolic succession ordination and desires to serve such a congregation shall conform to the provision of canons on ordination. A minister who has been ordained by a bishop not in communion with this Church but whose ordination is nonetheless considered valid by the Presiding Bishop may be admitted in his orders. In such cases, the Bishop Ordinary admitting him will forward all pertinent information and/or prescribed clergy statements to the Presiding Bishop that the newly admitted priest or deacon may be entered on the Official Registry of Clergy.
Canon 31 - A Bishop who has been consecrated by a Bishop or Bishops in a jurisdiction other than the jurisdiction of this Church may apply for affiliation with this Church through the Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese in which he resides. The applicant should supply proof of his diaconal and priestly ordination as well as his apostolic consecration together with a recommendation, if he gives it, of his provincial superior. The Ordinary must then submit the request to both the Presiding Bishop, and the Council Chaiman. After this, a church charter may be granted by the Presiding Bishop or the bishop may be assigned as a regular bishop of The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry
INTER COMMUNION AGREEMENTS
Canon 32 - This Church may, from time to time, enter into inter-communion agreements with other churches. Such agreements shall be effective upon the recommendation of the Presiding Bishop and his Curia. Inter-communion agreements are then ratified by the Celtic Cross Conclave of Bishops.
Canon 33 - A baptized member of this Church is a person who has received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with water in the Name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and is enrolled in a parish of this church.
Canon 34 - A communicant is a person who has been confirmed by a Bishop of this Church, by a bishop in communion with this church, or by a bishop in Apostolic Succession and such person having been received by a bishop of this church, and is enrolled in a parish of this church.
Canon 35 - A member or communicant desiring transfer from one parish to another shall be entitled to a letter of transfer.
Canon 36 - A member or communicant is in good standing if he or she is in full compliance with these canons and not under any form of ecclesiastical discipline.
Canon 37 - There shall be several duties of a communicant within The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry, they are as follows:
Worship God every Sunday in his Church unless he is reasonably hindered, and, in the event of such hindrance, to read privately the office of morning or evening prayer.
To observe his baptismal vows, and to live as not to give scandal to the Church of God.
To observe all applicable canons of this Church.
To give regular support to the church, and evidenced by the books of the Treasurer of the Parish, the biblical tithe being the duty of every Christian. - They receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist as often as possible.
Canon 38 - A baptized member or communicant of the Church may be stricken from the rolls of the parish:
1.) By the rector if such a person abandons the Church by joining another religious body.
2.) With the consent of the Bishop if said person gives offense to the Church by reason of his manner of life; (Be that of a Moral and Ethical Biblical Scripture) provided that he or she may be restored to the rolls of the parish when, and if, the causes for removal no longer exist.
Canon 39 - A baptized member or communicant may be censured by the Rector with the consent of the Bishop and thereby removed from and made ineligible for any office in the Church for any of the causes specified in Canon 40, or refusal to obey the godly admonitions of the Bishop. Such admonition and censure shall be given or confirmed in writing by the Bishop and state the specific cause or causes and the evidence which constitutes the cause.
Canon 40 - Excommunication of communicants shall be by the Bishop Ordinary after consulting the Presiding Bishop. Some of the causes are as follows:
1.) Abandoning the Christian Faith.
2.) Failure to repent of grievous and abominating sin (According to Biblical Scripture) and to amend one’s life in accordance with the Gospel.
3.) Openly and knowingly denying any doctrine of the Church, or teaching or proclaiming any contrary doctrine; provided that in all cases the said communicant shall be entitled, if he demands it, to a trial before the Ecclesiastical Court for the Presiding Bishop.
Canon 41 - Whenever the cause of excommunication ceases to exist, a person who has been excommunicated may be restored to communicant status by the Bishop Ordinary with the advice and consent of the Rector of the parish to which said person was formerly a communicant.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY MATRIMONY
Canon 42 - Holy Matrimony is a lifelong union of a man and a woman, blessed by God with the full authority of the Church, for the procreation of children (if it be God’s will), and their physical and spiritual nurture, for the purpose of mutual love, comfort and honour, and for the safeguarding and benefit of the society.
Canon 43 - No priest may solemnize any marriage or bless any previous union except in accordance with these canons and the laws of the civil jurisdiction in which the marriage took place.
Canon 44 - At least one of the parties must have been baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Canon 45 - The priest shall determine the freedom and the fitness of the parties to contract Holy Matrimony according to the canons of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry Statement of Belief and this Church.
Canons 46 - Parties who wish to enter into Holy Matrimony shall notify the priest at least six months prior to the proposed wedding date, so that the priest may instruct the parties as to the nature of Holy Matrimony and assess their fitness to enter into the marital covenant. They may dispense with the required period of time provided there is sufficient time to allow for Pre-Marital Spiritual Counseling.
Canon 47 - At his or her discretion, a priest may decline to solemnize any marriage. This maybe for personal, moral or ethical basses as directed by the Church and or Holy Scripture according to the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry - Statement of Belief and this Canon.
Canon 48 - There shall be at least two competent witnesses other than the priest, to the solemnization of Holy Matrimony.
Canon 49 - The priest shall record in the proper register the date and place of marriage, the names of the parties and their parents, the age of the parties, their residences and Church status, and witnesses and priest shall sign the record.
Canon 50 - After the marriage has been done, the marriage license will be recorded with the local circuit court or office of the county clerk within the time limit given by the court to be entered into record. The State of registry where the priest resides must be registered to perform and Rite of Marriage Ceremony in whatever jurisdiction the official ceremony is to take place.
LITURGY OF THE CHURCH
Canon 52 - Liturgy of rubrics edition of the 1549, 1662, 1928, 1979 Book of Common Prayer shall be the standard Book of Common Prayer in this Church. This includes the 1985 version of Novus Ordo or the Tridentine Mass, also the Stowe Celtic Missal, the Book of Divine Worship, the Anglican Missal or the New American Missal and on occasions the Book of Common Prayer. A bishop may, upon request, authorize the use of supplemental liturgies. Other liturgies may be adopted by decree of the Presiding Bishop as long said liturgies are Christian and doctrinally sound. Nothing in this Canon shall be construed as meaning that a lay member, Deacon, Priest or Bishop of one Rite or Tradition, which ever it shall be, will be compelled to use a liturgy, prayer book or Missal of another Rite or Tradition.
MUSIC OF THE CHURCH
Canon 53 - It shall be the duty of every rector to see that music is used in his/her congregation as an offering for the glory of God and as a help to the people in their worship. To this end he shall be the final authority in the administration of matters pertaining to music with such assistance as he may see fit to employ from such persons skilled in music. It shall be his duty to suppress all unseemly music and all irreverence in the rendition thereof.
Canon 54 - This Church adheres to a practice of allowing male and female Clergy. Bishops, with respect to biblical and Scriptural guidelines. Priests, and Deacons as the new covenant of Jesus Christ. We refer to the ministry of the Blessed Mother, Mary the husband of Joseph, Mary Magdalene and all the female Saints and Prophets which have been reorganized by the one full Catholic and Apostolic Church as having vital roles in the Spreading of the faith and bearing good fruit for the Kingdom or Heaven.
Canon 54a – Women may also enter the divine covenant of a Convent life. Should they choose a life of humility and service as a part of the Saint Scholastica Sisterhood.
Canon 54b - Men may also enter the divine covenant of Monastery life. Should they choose a life of humility and service as a part of the Saint Brendan the Navagator Brotherhood.
Canon 55 - No person may be licensed as a deacon until he or she has reached the age of twenty-one (21) years. (Exception only being the age of (18) years for this ministries Non-Denominational Christian Church known as the Evangelical Church of the Celtic Cross). The licensing period shall be for one year. At the conclusion of the one year period, the successful completion of the Celtic Cross Seminary of Theology seminarian training, with the consensus of the Bishops and/or Ordinary, and with the agreement and approval of the Presiding Bishop, the candidate shall be elevated to the Sacred Priesthood. If consensus is not reached, the licensing period may be extended for one year. The same examination will take place at the end of this time. If there is consensus as described above, elevation of the candidate shall take place. If consensus cannot be reached, or if the candidate is not called to the Priesthood, the license shall be revoked and the candidate released. No person shall be elevated to the Episcopacy until he has reached the age of thirty (30) years and or has been a priest for at least five years. Nothing in this Canon shall be construed as removing from any office those person(s) already in their respective office prior to the revisions of this Canon, nor shall anything contained in this Canon prohibit the modification of the time or age constraints subject to approval by the Bishop and/or Ordinary, and Presiding Bishop.
Canon 56 - No person shall be ordained a bishop, priest, or deacon unless and until he or she has publicly subscribed to the ancient creeds, known as the Apostle’s Creed, and the Nicene Creed. He or she shall have subscribed to the oath prescribed and take his or her Holy Vows into the priesthood.
Canon 57 - No person shall be ordained a bishop, priest, or deacon or received into the Church in any of these capacities, or admitted as a postulant, or candidate for holy orders, unless they shall meet the New Testament standards.
Canon 58 - An adult male or female communicant member of this Church who believes himself called to the Sacred Ministry shall consult the Rector of the Parish, or, if there is none where he lives, some other priest. If encouraged to persevere, he should apply to the Bishop Ordinary for admission as a postulant. The application for postulancy shall state:
2.) Date and place of birth.
3.) Date and place of baptism
4.) Date and place of Confirmation with the name of the confirming Bishop
5.) Date and place of admission to communion.
6.) Whether he or she has applied previously to any bishop for admission as a postulant
7.) The grounds on which he or she believes them self called to the Sacred Ministry.
8.) An application to the ministry must be completed by the intended Postulant prior to acceptance
Canon 59 - Within sixty days of the receipt of the application, the Bishop shall notify the applicant of the acceptance or rejection of his or her application. If the applicant is accepted, this fact is to be recorded in the records of the diocese and the Presiding Bishop.
Canon 60 - The life, preparation and study of a postulant shall be directed by the Bishop and/or Ordinary.
Canon 61 - The postulant shall report to the Bishop personally or by letter four times a year during the Ember seasons regarding his manner of life, his spiritual state, and the progress of his studies.
Canon 62 - Before entering into his or her courses of Celtic Cross Seminary of Theology (CCST) studies, the postulant shall lay before the Bishop and the Bishop evidence that he or she, possesses a diploma from an accepted Institute of Theology. If this is the case and the postulant seeks a waiver of studies provided by the CCST and if the evidence provided is sufficient, the Bishop with the concurrence of the Presiding Bishop may waive the theological training provided by the CCST.
Canon 63 - The Bishop may remove any postulant who fails to be accepted as a candidate after the lapse of two years from the date of his or her acceptance as a postulant, noting this fact in the Diocesan records and informing the Bishop.
Canon 64 - Any postulant who has met the requirements of Canon 62 may apply for admission as a candidate. The application shall be endorsed by the Bishop.
Canon 65 - The Bishop shall admit said person as a candidate within thirty days, except for weighty cause, and so note the same on the records of the Diocese, and inform the Bishop. If said person is not to be admitted they are to be informed by the Bishop in writing within thirty days.
Canon 66 - The Bishop may remove any candidate for Holy Orders who fails to present himself or herself for examination in the deacon’s Orders within two years, and shall note this action in the Diocesan Records and inform the Presiding Bishops office.
Canon 67 - The Bishop shall be appointed by the Presiding Bishop from within the Council of Bishops. The Bishop shall also occupy the Office of Vicar General of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry and will be the Chaplain of the Presiding Bishop.
Canon 68 - It shall be the duty of the Bishop under the guidance and oversight of the Presiding Bishop, to conduct the examinations of postulants, and candidates prescribed in these canons. The Bishop shall give oversight to postulants, candidates, and deacons, and shall advise them in regard to their studies and preparations.
Canon 69 - The Bishop shall report promptly, in writing, to the Presiding Bishop, respective Bishop, the results of each examination held by his or her office, whether satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
LICENSING TO THE DIACONATE
Canon 70 - A candidate for Holy Orders must contact the Bishop within 36 hours once he or she, has been notified their application has been accepted and have completed the required examinations. He or she, does then apply to the Bishop to be licensed a Deacon, also submitting a recommendation from the priest who endorses him as a postulant.
Canon 71 - When the requirements of Canon 70 have been satisfied, the Bishop shall take order for the licensing of the candidate to the diaconate. The person licensed to the diaconate shall remain a deacon for at least two years before being ordained to the priesthood, provided that the Bishop may shorten this time to no less than six months with the approval of the Presiding Bishop.
Canon 72 - A deacon licensed under the provisions of this canon shall exercise their ministry as an assistant in any parish or parishes to which, at the request or with the consent of the Rector and parish council, they may be assigned by the bishop. As such, they may execute all functions pertaining to the office of deacon. They may not serve as Minister in Charge of a congregation except under the supervision of a diocesan priest. They may not be transferred to another jurisdiction without the written permission of the ecclesiastical authority thereof.
ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD
Canon 73 - A deacon desiring to be ordained to the priesthood, shall apply to the bishop to be ordained a priest. A deacon shall remain a deacon for no less than six months and no more than two years, in order to be trained, understand more of the ministry, the rubric and scriptures.
Canon 74 - All deacons must complete the required courses provided by Celtic Cross Seminary of Theology and receive a passing within the time limit of being licensed a deacon.
Canon 75 - No person shall be ordained to the priesthood without a mandate from the Presiding Bishop.
Canon 76 - All candidates ordained to the priesthood will be ordained by a bishop within the Apostolic Succession as it is passed down in the scriptures.
CLERGY ORDAINED IN OTHER CHURCHES
Canon 77 - A priest or deacon who has been ordained by a bishop in Apostolic Orders recognized as valid by this Church may be admitted to a Diocese of this Church in the Order in which they were ordained, such admission being by the Bishop of the diocese under such conditions as he or she, may determine, provided that the said priest or deacon renounces the authority of his or her former ecclesiastical obedience and submits them self to the authority of such bishop. All such priests or deacons shall meet the requirements for ordination stated in these canons.
Canon 78 - If there is doubt as to the validity or regularity of such ordination, the Bishop may regularize him.
Canon 79 - A minister ordained in a church not having Apostolic Orders recognized as valid by this Church and who seeks Holy Orders in this Church must renounce the authority of their former ecclesiastical obedience and submit themselves to the authority of a bishop of this Church. They must submit their letter of ordination and satisfactory evidence of it and other credentials as being valid and authentic. They must provide satisfactory evidence of their moral and godly character and that they are free from any vows of other engagements inconsistent with the ministry of this church. They must have fulfilled all the requirements pertaining to his or her order as stated in these canons. He or she, shall display competence in all areas except ordination to the priesthood. In addition, they shall be examined in the points of doctrine, discipline, polity, and worship in which the communion from which he or she has come differs from this Church.
APPOINTMENT OF BISHOPS
Canon 80 - When there shall be occasion for the appointment of a bishop, the Presiding Bishop shall notify the Council of Bishops. In case of the resignation, incapacity, or death of the Bishop, the Bishop Auxiliary immediately becomes Apostolic Administrator for the vacant see pending appointment of a new bishop from the Presiding Bishop. In cases involving the vacancy of a Metropolitan See, the senior suffragan bishop shall be appointed Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese.
Canon 81 - Every bishop ordinary shall visit every congregation in their charge at least once every two years for the purpose of examining their condition, preaching the Gospel, celebrating the Holy Eucharist, and confirming those presented for that purpose.
Canon 82 - Every Bishop Ordinary shall keep a register of their official acts.
Canon 83 - Every Bishop Ordinary may not perform any apostolic act within the jurisdiction of another bishop without the consent of that Bishop or, in the absence of the Ordinary, the Metropolitan Archbishop.
Canon 84 - Every Bishop Ordinary shall deliver at the Diocesan Convention a Charge to their clergy and may from time to time, address to his people Pastoral Letters on points of Christian doctrine, worship, or manners, which he may require his clergy to read or distribute to their congregations.
Canon 85 - No bishop in Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry may confer Holy Orders without a mandate from the Presiding Bishop. No Archbishop, Bishop, or even the Presiding Bishop should make representations or promises to a candidate for ordination or Holy Orders that are outside of or contrary to our stated policy and procedures or Code of Canon Law unless this is done in consultation and agreement with all parties concerned, that is, the Bishop and/or Ordinary and the Presiding Bishop. Even then, this should not be the rule, it should be the exception. And then it should and must be done prior to the application process, not after the process has been completed.
Canon 86 - Every Bishop Ordinary shall give timely notice of the acceptance of Letters Dismissory. They shall enroll among the clergy of the diocese; those received and delete the names of those transferred thereby.
Canon 87 - The resignation of a Bishop Ordinary shall be addressed to the Presiding Bishop and shall become effective upon his acceptance. A Bishop retiring or resigning shall retain his seat and vote with the Council Chairman except where this retirement or resignation is made while awaiting the outcome of any investigation of facts and circumstances concerning any allegations of violations of these Canons, or while awaiting the vote of the Councils in connection with the levy of sanction or discipline to be mandated by the Council Chairman, if any, in connection with the allegation of violation of any of these Canons on the retiring or resigning Bishop and is subject to these Canons. A Bishop who has resigned with the consent of the Presiding Bishop, may, at the discretion of the new Ordinary, be enrolled among the clergy of that diocese, and become subject to its canons and regulations. It shall be construed that any Bishop who retires or resigns while under investigation of allegations of violations of these Canons does so to avoid any disciplinary action(s) that may be lawfully imposed according to these Canons.
DUTIES OF PRIESTS
Canon 88 - Every Priest in charge of a congregation shall see to it that a parish register is kept in which shall be recorded all baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials within such parish. Priests must also record all divine services of said parish with the date, place, and nature of said service. Also to be recorded are all the communicants of said parish if they be active or inactive.
Canon 89 - Every Priest in charge of a congregation shall at every confirmation deliver to the bishop the list of those to be confirmed, advise the bishop on every apostolic visitation of the spiritual and temporal state of the parish, delivering for inspection all parish registers, and read to the congregation, any pastoral letter received from the bishop within thirty days.
Canon 90 - Every Priest in charge of a congregation shall instruct both parents and godparents concerning the significance of holy baptism, the responsibilities involved, and how these obligations are to be discharged. He is to instruct children and adults who have not been confirmed, preparing them for confirmation.
Canon 91 - No priest shall officiate or preach on any more than one occasion in any jurisdiction not his own without the consent of the local ordinary.
Canon 92 - A clergyman moving from one jurisdiction to another, in order to gain canonical residence within a jurisdiction, shall present to the ecclesiastical authority thereof a testimonial from the ecclesiastical authority of the jurisdiction from which they are moving, a certificate that they are a clergyman (stating order) in good standing, not liable for presentment for any ecclesiastical offense within the past five years. Such certificate is called Letters Dismissory.
Canon 93 - No priest moving from one jurisdiction to another shall officiate as Rector or Priest in Charge of any parish or congregation of the jurisdiction into which he moves unless and until the bishop of the jurisdiction into which the priest is moving shall have received Letters Dismissory from the previous bishop.
Canon 94 - Any priest who desires to officiate temporarily outside the confines of this church shall obtain permission from the ecclesiastical authority of the jurisdiction in which they are enrolled.
Canon 95 - Any priest retiring from active ministry because of age or disability and any priest who is not currently engaged in ministry remains subject to the bishop of the jurisdiction in which he is enrolled.
DUTIES OF A DEACON
Canon 96 - Every deacon shall be subject to the authority of the Bishop of the jurisdiction for which he or she has been ordained, or if there be no bishop, to the Bishop. He shall officiate in such places only as such authority may designate. They shall not accept appointment for work outside the jurisdiction without the written permission of the local ordinary.
Canon 97- A deacon shall not be the rector of a parish, but may accept a Chaplaincy in the military service.
Canon 98 - A Deacon ministering in a parish shall act only under the direction of the Priest, or Bishop if there be no priest.
Canon 99 - The Letters Dismissory of a Deacon desiring to be transferred from one jurisdiction to another shall state the exact standing of the deacon in regard to examinations passed or dispensations received; also the dates of his birth, and admission as a candidate for ordination.
Canons 100 - Duties of the Deacon under the direction of the Rector or Priest in Charge or, in the absence of a Rector or Priest in Charge, under the supervision of the local ordinary are:
1.) Care for the sick, afflicted, and poor.
2.) To organize, superintend and carry out the church's work.
3.) To give instruction in the Christian Faith.
4.) To prepare candidates for baptism and confirmation.
5.) To assist at the administration of Holy Baptism.
6.) To prepare for the sacraments.
7.) To care for appointments, linens, and vestments.
Canon 101 - A Deacon shall report monthly to the Bishop in the manner and form required by him or her.
Canon 102 - A Deacon desiring transfer to another jurisdiction shall have written authorization from Bishops of both Jurisdictions and proper Letters Dismissory as defined in Canon 100.
Canon 103 - The Rector, at his discretion, may use qualified communicants, to read the Old Testament lesson, psalm, and Epistle lesson within the context of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer.
Canon 104 - The Bishop may, under such conditions as he may prescribe, license any communicant over the age of eighteen (18) as a lay reader. Such a license shall be for one year and is renewable at the Bishop's discretion. For cause, which to them may be sufficient, the Bishop may at any time revoke the license of a Lay Reader.
Canon 105- Each person desiring to be licensed as a lay reader shall be properly instructed and trained by a parish priest before making application to the Bishop, making use of whatever manual that be dictated by the Patriarchal See.
Canon 106 - A Lay Reader, so licensed, may be placed by the Bishop in temporary pastoral charge of a parish which has no rector, in which case he shall function under the direction and oversight of the bishop, or they may exercise their office in a parish, under the direction of the Rector thereof. In no event shall he function outside an established parish, or elsewhere in the diocese in which they're licensed, except on the express instructions of the Bishop.
Canon 107 - The functions of a lay reader are limited to the following reading:
1.) Morning and Evening Prayer, omitting the absolution, and making no substitution for it.
2.) The Litany.
3.) The scripture readings, except the Gospel.
Canon 108 - A lay pastor when appointed but is not ordained may be authorized to assist the Priest or Bishop in the services of worship, including preaching the sermon of Mass.
Canon 19 - A lay pastor may not perform any sacraments as to the Holy Eucharist, Baptismal, Matrimony Rite, Anointing or Blessings. He may assist in the sacraments only.
Canon 110 - A Lay Pastor may assist in Holy Eucharist only when a priest is present.
Canon 111 - Acolytes are males and females between the age of twelve to adult to assist the priest in his duties of mass services and all Acolytes must be confirmed within the church before becoming an Acolyte and be trained as such.
Canon 112 - Congregation whom witnesses the baptismal and recites the Apostles Creed before the Baptism are done by ordained priests only and may be performed by full immersion if available, If not, pouring of water over the candidate from a basin where the water has been blessed may be upon with each pouring saying: "I baptize you now my brother (their name) or sister (their name) in the name of the +Father and of the +Son and of the +Holy Spirit." Wash away your sins and be born again anew with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and be whole with him. May the light of the Lord shine over you.
Canon 113 - A religious community of men or women desiring official recognition of the Church shall submit for his approval its Rules and Constitution to the bishop of the Diocese wherein the
Mother-house of the community is situated. No change in the Rule or Constitution shall be made without the bishop's approval.
Canon 114 - In such constitution there shall be a distinct recognition of the doctrine, disciplines, and worship of this Church as a supreme authority.
Canon 115 - No religious community shall establish itself in another diocese without the permission of the Presiding Bishop.
Canon 116 - The religious community shall be free to choose liturgical Formularies within their chapels/parishes in conformity with their Rule and the apostolic traditions of the Apostolic Rite; but elsewhere they shall conform to the canons on worship and in the administration of the sacraments, without alteration, same as it may be permitted by these Canons.
Canon 117 - Provision shall be made in the Constitution for the appointment of a Visitor, with the approval of the local ordinary, if the Bishop himself is unwilling to serve in this capacity. It shall be the duty of the visitor to see that the constitution and rule as approved are duly observed, and to receive and hear appeals either from the community or from individual members thereof as to transgressions of the Rule. No full member of a community shall be dismissed there from without appeal to the visitor, nor shall they be released from obligations without the sanction of the visitor.
Canon 118 - It shall not be within the power of a succeeding Bishop to withdraw the official recognition that has been given to a religious community, provided, that the conditions laid down in these canons are observed.
Canon 119 - A bishop, priest, or deacon of this church shall be liable to Presentment and trial for the following offenses, whereas:
1.) Crime or immorality.
2.) Holy or teaching publicly or privately and advisedly, any doctrine contrary to that held by this Church.
3.) Violation of the Code of Canon Law.
4.) Any act which involves the violation of ordination vows.
5.) Habitual neglect of public worship, and Holy Communion, according to the order and use of this church.
6.) Conduct unbecoming a clergyman.
7.) Abuse of authority.
Canon 120 - In the case involving a bishop, priest, or deacon convicted in a secular court of any crime or misdemeanor involving immorality, it shall be the duty of the duty of the Bishop to institute an inquiry into the matter, and if there is reason for further proceeding, to present him or her for trial.
Canon 121 - No presentment shall be made or conviction had for any offense, unless the offense shall have been committed within five years immediately preceding the time of the presentment, except that in the case of a conviction in a court of record exercising criminal jurisdiction as aforesaid, a presentment may be made at any time within one year after such conviction notwithstanding that five years may have elapsed since the commission of the offense.
Canon 122 - The mode of presentment of a priest or deacon shall be provided by the Canons of the Church
Canon 123 - The Council of Elders subject to ratification by the Presiding Bishop, alone has the authority to pronounce sentence on a deacon, priest, or bishop convicted as indicated in these canons.
Canon 124 - Sentence shall be:
1.) Censure and/or admonition.
2.) Suspension, for a definite period, not to exceed 3 months.
3.) Suspension for life.
4.) Deposition from the sacred ministry.
Canon 125 - A sentence of suspension of a priest or deacon, or bishop maybe terminated or shortened by the Presiding Bishop with the advice and consent of the Bishop.
CLERGY CHARGED WITH OFFENSE IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION
Canon 126 - If clergy belonging to any jurisdiction shall have conducted themselves in another jurisdiction in such a way as to be liable for presentment under the provision of Canon 120, the ecclesiastical authority thereof shall give notice of the same to the ecclesiastical authority where the clergy person resides, exhibiting, with any information, reasonable ground for presuming its truth. If the ecclesiastical authority of the alleged offender, after due notice given, shall omit, for the space of three months, to proceed against the ordained clergy, or ask the other authority to proceed, it shall be his right to take the initiative.
DONATIONS, TITHING AND THE REIMBURSING OF REASONABLE EXPENSES
Canon 127- Nothing in these Canons shall be construed as prohibiting the solicitation and acceptance of either donations or tithes. By definition, a donation is the voluntary and wilful giving of goods, services, money, or other articles of value. There cannot be an expectation of this, nor can there be an amount set upon this. By definition and custom, tithing is usually one tenth of a person's or organization's income or budget, after certain considerations. It is usually given to an institution such as a Church or other charitable organization. Again, it should not be an expectation, nor should it have the traditional or customary ten percent set upon it.
All donations and or tithes should and must be given wilfully and voluntarily. In all cases, any instances of fundraising, including but not limited to donations and tithing, should be conducted in an ethical, transparent and Christian like manner. There should be no ambiguities or "grey areas." It must be above reproach and rebuke. Nothing in these Canons shall be construed to prohibit the reimbursement or recovery by the clergy member of any reasonable expenses incurred by said clergy member in the oversight of his or her ministry. Again, there shall be no ambiguities or "grey areas." It is essential in all matters that involve these actions be legal, above board and out in the open.
ENACTMENT, AMENDMENT, AND REPEAL
Canon 128 - No new canon shall be enacted, or existing canon amended or repealed, except by General Synod by a majority vote except in times of emergency where a canon may be enacted by the Presiding Bishop through the office of the Bishop, or independently. All judicial orders are subject to review at the next convening General Synod.
Canon 129 - Whenever a canon which repealed another canon, or part thereof, shall itself be repealed, the previous canon shall not be revived or re-enacted.
Canons 130 - These Canons are promulgated on this 1st day of January in the year of Our Lord 2015.
Canon 131 - The Canons of this code takes binding effect immediately.
Canon 132 - Executive Directive of the Governing Councils of The Celtic Cross Ministerial Council Board of Directors, The Celtic Cross Conclave of International Independent Christian and Catholic Bishops,
The Celtic Cross Abbess’s Council of the Sacred Order of Saint Scholastica Sisterhood and the
Presiding Bishops Advisory Council.
Under extenuating circumstances an official voting member of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry and it's Governing Council Body, has the authority to present cause for special disposition. Either for the elevation or removal of a Presiding Bishop on grounds of competence or incompetence. Depending on the motion brought up to the other members of the presiding boards.
The adjoining board members will take the issue brought before them under advisement and upon discussion, prayer and meditation shall put to a vote and follow through with the decision that is on the table at the recommendation of the final vote and ruling. A minimum of 2/3 majority will be suffice to pass any measure brought before the councils, as a group or independently as it pertains to the situation brought before them.
These Church and Ministry Canons are hereby approved by the
Patriarch and Presiding Ecclesiastical Authority of the,
Celtic Templar Rite of Churches and Ministries and the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry
as shown by the electronic signature and affixed Episcopal Coat of Arms,
is here by fixed as the standard
this Church and Ministry will operate and function
in all jurisdictional States here in the United States of America and around the world.
H.E., The Very Rev. Dr. Patriarch +++Andrew M. B. Patrick D.D., Th.D., M.A.Phil., B.D.
C.C.F.M., O.S.A., O.S.P., S.O.E., S.O.S.B.N.B.
Patriarch, President and Presiding Bishop of the Celtic Templar Rite and the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry
and any and all Subdivision to said Church and Ministries Celtic Templar Rite, globally.