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Code of Ethics


For all members of our Clergy & Seminarians of the



and the




Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry of the Celtic Templar Rite of Churches and Ministries




Is composed of Clergy, each working as an agent unto




themselves in their respective Congregations and Parishes.




We remind all Clergy that the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry is under the jurisdictional standards of


National and International Law




All Clergy answer to their respective Priests and Bishops and all answer to




the Patriarch of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry.




All complaints are dealt with severely.




The Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry




reminds all ministers working as Pastoral Counselors




that confidentially is not extended in all cases to ministers, even




with the seal of confession is at stake.




A minister may be summoned to




court and ordered to divulge what has been told to him/her even in a




counseling session. There is no law or blanket exemption which




protects a minister from that order. There is a privilege, which




exists and can be taken away at any time, at the discretion of the courts.




We remind everyone that it is unethical and may be




illegal to engage in sexual contact with a client or person under




your care and this extends to people within your church, where you




are seen as an authority figure.




We also strongly remind any




minister who hears about abuse or a crime even in a counseling




session that they are obligated to report it to the proper authorities.




We also remind any minister that illegal behavior




is not now and never will be condoned




and if an allegation is put forth we will




investigate the allegation to the best of our abilities in a fair




and ethical manner, and if necessary, take steps to resolve this,




even if it means taking away the credentials of ministry issued by




the Holy See and returning them to laity.




In an effort to maintain fairness,




and to exclude those allegations which




are merely devices to place shame upon a minister or brought in a




manner which is clearly malicious, slanderous or libelous,




the following will be adhered to:




All persons making an allegation,




whether by email, postal mail, telephone or in person,




must identify themselves using their true




name. Proof of identity will be required.




All persons making an allegation must provide their true address,




telephone number and email address. These will be verified.




Anonymous allegations and complaints will not be accepted.




If the person who is making an allegation does not have the courage of




their convictions in order to properly identify themselves, then




the allegation or complaint will be viewed as lacking substance, merit and credibility.




Allegations or complaints of a nature so serious that they may




require immediate action will be forwarded to the proper authorities without delay.




During the course of the investigation, if any, of a complaint or




allegation against a member of the clergy of this,




the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry




assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions of the




clergy member while the matter is being investigated prior to




resolution and while the member remains in ministerial status.




We also remind all Bishops




that being a Bishop does not infer or extend




any special or preferential treatment to them and that the same




rules apply to them as well.




This policy will be strictly adhered to, without exception.




By official Order




of the



Celtic Cross Ministry Inc. Board of Directors,




Celtic Cross Conclave of International Independent Catholic and Christian Bishops


and the


Abbesses Council of the Celtic Cross Saint Scholastica Sisterhood









Code of Conduct



Celtic Cross Ministry Incorporated



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For Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers, Administrators, Staff, and Volunteers


 


I. Preamble


Bishops, priests, deacons, pastoral ministers, administrators, staff, and volunteers (clergy, staff, and volunteers) in our parishes, religious orders, and institutions must uphold Christian values and conduct.




The Code of Pastoral Conduct for Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers,


Administrators, Staff, and Volunteers provides a set of standards for conduct in certain pastoral situations.


 


II. Responsibility


The public and private conduct of clergy, staff, and volunteers can inspire and motivate people or it can scandalize and undermine the faith of the people. Clergy, staff, and volunteers must, at all times, be aware of the responsibilities that accompany their work. They must also know that God's goodness and grace supports them in their ministry.




Responsibility for adherence to the Code of Pastoral Conduct rests with the individual. Staff and volunteers who disregard this Code of Pastoral Conduct will be subject to remedial action by the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry. Clergy who disregard this Code of Pastoral Conduct will be subject to remedial action by the Pastoral Councils of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry. Corrective action may take various forms—from a verbal reproach to removal from the ministry—depending on the specific


nature and circumstances of the offense and the extent of the harm.


 


III. Pastoral Standards


1. Conduct for Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors


Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors must respect the rights and advance the welfare of each person.


1.1) Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors shall not step beyond their competence in counseling situations and shall refer to other professionals when appropriate.


Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors: Clergy, staff, and volunteers who provide pastoral, spiritual, and/or therapeutic counseling services to individuals, families, or other groups.




1.2) Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors should carefully consider the possible


consequences before entering into a counseling relationship with someone with whom


they have a pre-existing relationship (i.e., staff, professional colleague, friend, or other


pre-existing relationship). [See Section 7.2.2]




1.3) Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors must not audiotape or videotape sessions.


Unless Prior Consent and Waiver signed by the interviewee is granted and given.




1.4) Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors must never engage in sexual intimacies


with the persons they counsel. This includes consensual contact, forced physical contact, and conversation.




1.5) Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors shall not engage in sexual intimacies with relatives, friends, or other individuals who are close to the client, when there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the client. Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors should presume that a potential exploitation or harm exists in such intimate relationships.




1.6) Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors assume the full burden for setting and maintaining clear, appropriate boundaries in all counseling and counseling-related relationships.




1.7) Physical contact of any kind (i.e., touching, hugging, holding) between Pastoral Counselors or Spiritual Directors and the persons they counsel can be misconstrued and should be avoided.




1.8) Sessions should be conducted in appropriate settings at appropriate times.


1.8.1) No sessions should be conducted in private living quarters.


1.8.2) Sessions should not be held at places or times that would tend to cause


confusion about the nature of the relationship for the person being counseled.




1.9) Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors shall maintain a log of the times and places of sessions with each person being counseled.




IV. Confidentiality


Information disclosed to a Pastoral Counselor or Spiritual Director during the course of


counseling, advising, or spiritual direction shall be held in the strictest confidence possible.




2.1) Information obtained in the course of sessions shall be confidential, except for


compelling professional reasons or as required by law.


2.1.1) If there is clear and imminent danger to the client or to others, the Pastoral


Counselor or Spiritual Director may disclose only the information necessary


to protect the parties involved and to prevent harm.


2.1.2) Before disclosure is made, if feasible, the Pastoral Counselor or Spiritual


Director should inform the person being counseled about the disclosure and


the potential consequences.


2.2) Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors should discuss the nature of


confidentiality and its limitations with each person in counseling.


2.3) The staff or volunteer providing pastoral counseling services or spiritual direction


should keep minimal records of sessions.


2.4) Knowledge that arises from professional contact may be used in teaching, writing,


homilies, or other public presentations only when effective measures have been taken


to absolutely safeguard both the individual’s identity and the confidentiality of the


disclosures.


2.5) If a Pastoral Counselor or Spiritual Director discovers, while counseling a minor, that


there is a serious threat to the welfare of the minor and that communication of


confidential information to a parent or legal guardian is essential to the child’s health


and well-being, the staff or volunteer should:


Attempt to secure written consent from the minor for the specific disclosure.


If consent is not given, disclose only the information necessary to protect the


health and well being of the minor.


Consultation with the appropriate Church supervisory personnel is recommended


before disclosure.


2.6) These obligations are independent of the confidentiality of the confessional.


Under no circumstances whatsoever can there be any disclosure, even indirect, of


information received through the confessional.




3. Conduct with Youth


Clergy, staff, and volunteers working with youth shall maintain an open and trustworthy


relationship between youth and adult supervisors.


3.1) Clergy, staff, and volunteers must be aware of their own and others’ vulnerability


when working alone with youth. Use a team approach to youth activities.


3.2) Physical contact with youth can be misconstrued and should only occur under


appropriate public circumstances.


3.3) Clergy, staff, and volunteers should refrain from the possession and use of alcohol


and/or illegal drugs when working with youth.


3.4) Clergy should not provide shared and private accommodation for individual young


people.


3.5) Staff and volunteers should not provide shared and private overnight accommodation


for individual young people including, but not limited to, accommodations in any


Church-owned facility, private residence, hotel room, or any other place where there


is no other adult supervision present.


3.5.1) In rare, emergency situations, when accommodation is necessary for the


health and well being of the youth, the clergy, staff, or volunteer should take


extraordinary care to protect all parties from the appearance of impropriety


and from all harm.


3.5.2) Use a team approach to emergency situations.




4. Sexual Conduct


Clergy, staff, and volunteers must not exploit the trust placed in them by the parish


community for sexual gain or intimacy.


4.1) Priests, religious, staff, and volunteers who are committed to a celibate lifestyle are


called to be an example of this promise in all relationships at all times.


4.2) Staff and volunteers who provide pastoral counseling or spiritual direction services


should use discretion in developing intimate relationships with minors, staff, or


parishioners.


4.3) No clergy, staff, or volunteer may exploit another person for sexual purposes.


4.4 Allegations of sexual misconduct by staff or volunteers should be taken seriously and


reported to the parish priest. Allegations of sexual misconduct by clergy should be


taken seriously and reported to the Pastoral Council of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry


4.5) Clergy, staff, and volunteers should review and know the contents of the child abuse


regulations and reporting requirements for their State and should follow those


requirements.




5. Harassment


Clergy, staff, and volunteers do not engage in physical, psychological, written, or verbal


harassment of staff, volunteers, or parishioners and do not tolerate such harassment by other


Church staff or volunteers.


5.1) Clergy, staff, and volunteers shall provide a professional work environment that is


free from physical, psychological, written, or verbal intimidation or harassment.


5.2) Harassment encompasses a broad range of physical, written, or verbal behavior that


includes, but is not limited to, the following:


Physical or mental abuse;


Racial insults;


Derogatory ethnic slurs;


Unwelcome sexual advances or touching;


Sexual comments or sexual jokes;


Requests for sexual favors used as


A condition of employment, or


To affect other personnel decisions, such as promotion or compensation; and


Display of offensive materials.


5.3) Harassment can be a single severe incident or a persistent pattern of behavior where


the purpose or the effect is to create a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work


environment.


5.4) Allegations of harassment by staff or volunteers should be taken seriously and


reported immediately to the parish priest.


5.5) Allegations of harassment by clergy should be taken seriously and reported


immediately to the Pastoral Council of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry.




6. Parish, Religious Order, and Institutional Records and Information


Confidentiality will be maintained in creating, storing, accessing, transferring, and disposing


of parish, religious order, or institutional records.


6.1) Sacramental records shall be regarded as confidential. When compiling and publishing


parish, religious order, or institution statistical information from these records, great


care must be taken to preserve the anonymity of individuals.


6.2) Most sacramental records older than 70 years are open to the public.


6.2.1) Information regarding adoption and legitimacy remains confidential,


regardless of age.


6.2.2) Only staff authorized to locate the records and supervise their use shall handle


requests for more recent records.


6.3) Parish, religious order, or institution financial records are confidential unless review is


required by an appropriate government agency. Contact the parish priest and the Chair


of the Parish Stewardship Committee upon receipt of any request for release of


financial records.


6.4) Individual contribution records of the parish, religious order, or institution shall be


regarded as private and shall be maintained in strictest confidence.




7. Conflicts of Interest


Clergy, staff, and volunteers should avoid situations that might present a conflict of interest.


Even the appearance of a conflict of interest can call integrity and professional conduct into


question.


7.1) Clergy, staff, and volunteers should disclose all relevant factors that potentially could


create a conflict of interest.


7.2) Clergy, staff, and volunteers should inform all parties when a real or potential conflict


of interest arises. Resolution of the issues must protect the person receiving ministry


services.


7.2.1) No clergy, staff, or volunteer should take advantage of anyone to whom they


are providing services in order to further their personal, religious, political, or


business interests.


7.2.2) Pastoral counselors should not provide counseling services to anyone with


whom they have a business, professional, or social relationship. When this is


unavoidable, the client must be protected. The counselor must establish and


maintain clear, appropriate boundaries.


7.2.3) When pastoral counseling or spiritual direction services are provided to two or


more people who have a relationship with each other, the Pastoral Counselor


or Spiritual Director must:


Clarify with all parties the nature of each relationship,


Anticipate any conflict of interest,


Take appropriate actions to eliminate the conflict, and


Obtain from all parties written consent to continue services.


7.3) Conflicts of interest may also arise when a Pastoral Counselor’s or Spiritual Director’s


independent judgment is impaired:


By prior dealings,


By becoming personally involved, or


By becoming an advocate for one (person) against another.


In these circumstances, the Pastoral Counselor or Spiritual Director shall advise the


parties that he or she can no longer provide services and refer them to another Pastoral


Counselor or Spiritual Director.




8. Reporting Ethical or Professional Misconduct


Clergy, staff, and volunteers have a duty to report their own ethical or professional misconduct


and the misconduct of others.


8.1) Clergy, staff, and volunteers cannot minister to others unless they minister first to


themselves.


8.1.1) When there is an indication of illegal action by a staff member or volunteer,


please notify the proper civil authorities immediately. Also notify the parish


priest and the Pastoral Council of the Reformed Celtic Church.


8.1.2) When there is an indication of illegal action by clergy please notify the proper


civil authorities immediately. Also notify the Pastoral Council of the


Reformed Celtic Church


8.2) When an uncertainty exists about whether a situation or course of conduct violates this


Code of Pastoral Conduct or other religious, moral, or ethical principles, consult with:


Peers,


Others knowledgeable about ethical issues, or


The Pastoral Council of the Reformed Celtic Church.


8.3) When a staff member or a volunteer may have violated this Code of Pastoral Conduct


or other religious, moral, or ethical principles, report the issue to a supervisor or to the


parish priest.


8.4) When a member of a religious order may have violated this Code of Pastoral Conduct


or other religious, moral, or ethical principles, report the issue to the Abbot or Abbess


of the religious order and to the parish priest.


8.5) When clergy may have violated this Code of Pastoral Conduct or other religious,


moral, or ethical principles, report the issue to the Pastoral Council of the Reformed


Celtic Church.


8.6) The obligation of Pastoral Counselors and Spiritual Directors to report client


misconduct is subject to the duty of confidentiality. Any agreement or duty to


maintain confidentiality must yield to the need to report misconduct that threatens the


safety, health, or well-being of the persons involved.




9. Administration


Employers and supervisors treat clergy, staff, and volunteers justly in the day-to-day


administrative operations of their ministries.


9.1) Personnel and other administrative decisions made by clergy, staff, and volunteers


shall meet civil codes and also reflect Celtic Christian social teachings and this Code


of Pastoral Conduct.


9.2) No clergy, staff, or volunteer shall use his or her position to exercise unreasonable or


inappropriate power and authority.




10. Staff or Volunteer Well-being


Clergy, staff, and volunteers have the duty to be responsible for their own spiritual, physical,


mental, and emotional health.


10.1) Clergy, staff, and volunteers should be aware of warning signs that indicate potential


problems with their own mental, physical, and/or spiritual health.


10.2) Clergy, staff, and volunteers should seek help immediately whenever they notice


behavioral or emotional warning signs in their professional and/or personal lives.


10.3) Clergy, staff, and volunteers must address their own spiritual needs. Support from a


Spiritual Director or an Anamchara is highly recommended.


10.4) Inappropriate use of alcohol and drugs is prohibited.





By Official Mandate of the Presiding Bishop of the Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry


H.E., The Very Rev. Dr. Patriarch +++Andrew Moses Brendan 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.


As of March 3rd, 2009





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