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Code of Ethics
For all members of our Clergy & Seminarians of 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
Celtic Cross Ministry Inc. Board of Directors,
Celtic Cross Conclave of International Independent Catholic and Christian Bishops
Abbesses Council of the Celtic Cross Saint Scholastica Sisterhood
Mandated by the
Patriarch of the Celtic Templar Rite and the Celtic Cross Church & Ministry
H.E., The Very Rev. Dr., Patriarch +++Andrew Moses Brendan Patrick
D.D., Th.D., M.R.Php., B.D.
C.C.F.M., O.S.A., O.S.P., S.O.E., S.O.S.B.N.B.
Global Headquarters of Celtic Cross Ministry
and any and all subsidiary divisions of said church and ministry.
To take affect immediately as of
March , 3rd, 2009
Electronically signed by the affixed Official Episcopal Coat of Arms