Canon 16: Bishops
within this Church are called forth in service and in leadership by
the Presiding Bishop and the House of Bishops, upon the
recommendation of the Council of Advisors, House of Clergy, House of
Laity, and the People of God.
shall serve the Church as either a Local Ordinary of a Diocese,
Auxiliary Bishop of a Diocese, or as Prefect of a Vicariate.
are called forth because of a liturgical, sacramental, or pastoral
need. Bishops are also called for their spiritual guidance,
theological knowledge, academic wisdom, and pastoral ability.
Candidates for the Episcopacy shall be priests who have been
ordained or Incardinated into the Church for a period of no less
than three years, are active in their standing without leave of
absences during the three year period prior to candidacy and are
currently in good standing within the Church.
Candidates for the Episcopacy must possess appropriate academic
16.6 For a
just cause, a bishop may request a leave of absence from his/her
faculties. Such requests are made to the Presiding Bishop, who shall
grant such leaves after appropriate pastoral investigation of the
cause and appointment of an Administrator for the period of the
leave of absence, who will work directly with the Presiding Bishop.
Auxiliary Bishop requesting a leave of absence must apply to the
local ordinary, who will submit the request to the Presiding bishop.
Bishop of the Diocese or Local Vicariate must reside within the
jurisdiction to which they are appointed.
Bishop of a Diocese or Vicariate possesses all the rights,
prerogatives, and responsibilities inherent in that office, as long
as they are not in violation of any Canons of the Church.
Auxiliary Bishops shall assist the Local Ordinary in the pastoral
care of the Diocese or Vicariate they are called to serve.
Bishops shall serve as members of the Church's Liturgical
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