Canon 15: Incardination of a Secular Cleric
Candidates for Clerical Incardination into this Church must be full
members of the Church prior to their application for Incardination.
No application for Incardination shall be given prior to reception
into the Church.
15.2 As part
of the application process of Clerical Incardination, candidates
must fulfill the requirements of Canon 12.14.
15.3 If there
is a pastoral need, the local ordinary may grant candidates for
Clerical Incardination the title of "cleric in residence", and
provide them with the necessary faculties to assist the bishop.
candidate for secular Clerical Incardination will be subject to the
provisions of Canon 12.15 and 12.25
15.5 If it is
determined that the candidate comes from a tradition that does not
have valid Apostolic Succession and/or lacks the completion of the
Rite of Orders, the local ordinary will supply the necessary
sacramental validity through the Imposition of Hands and the
required consecratory prayers for the Order received.
Candidates for Secular Clerical Incardination must possess a Master
of Divinity degree, equivalent degree, or they must complete the
required academic studies prior to being incardinated. This includes
but is not limited to “reading for orders,” using one of the many
Old Catholic or Independent Catholic online seminaries or schools of
theology, or another “higher academic facility” as long as there is
documented proof of completion of study through an officially issued
certificate or diploma at Masters level by the competent authority.
length of time for the process of Incardination will be determined
by the local ordinary, in consultation with the candidate and the
clergy of the diocese.
Candidates for secular incardination who are already clerics from
within this Church body, may make a written petition the Local
Ordinary of the Diocese they wish to incardinate into. Before a
cleric is permitted to incardinate, the petitioning cleric's current
ordinary or religious superior must provide a letter of
recommendation and a official copy of the petitioning cleric's
files, records and documents to the ordinary being petitioned. The
ordinary being petitioned may, for just cause, decline a petition
for secular incardination.
after attaining Secular Incardination within the Church, it is
discovered that the candidate consciously submitted false and
misleading information on his or her application for Secular
Incardination into the Church, the incardinating diocese shall
declare such Incardinations null and void.
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