Code of Canon Law
Evangelical Catholic Church
Canon 17: The Diocesan
Bishop as Local Ordinary
Within the canonical boundaries of their diocese, the diocesan
Bishop has all the ordinary power required for the exercise of their
office, except in those matters reserved to some other
A person who has been appointed Bishop of a diocese cannot assume
ordinary power until such time as they are canonically installed
into that office. Should one who has been appointed Bishop of a
diocese already exercises an office within that diocese, they may
continue exercising that office until their installation as Bishop.
Unless there is a canonical impediment, those who have been
canonically appointed to the office of diocesan Bishop, must be
installed into their office within four months of their
appointment. The installation of the diocesan Bishop must take
place within an public liturgical act.
Within the exercise of their pastoral office, the diocesan Bishop
must remain solicitous to the needs of all the faithful entrusted
into their care. The diocesan Bishop must demonstrate the apostolic
spirit of this community of faith to all, especially to all those
who are not sufficiently able to benefit of ordinary pastoral care
and for those who have become pastorally orphaned.
(1) If there
are faithful of a different rite residing within their diocese, the
diocesan Bishop must provide for their spiritual needs by means of
priests and parishes of that same rite.
The diocesan Bishop must exercise unconditional charity and humanity
to those who are not in Communion with this Church and those who are
not baptized and must always embrace and welcome all with the spirit
of ecumenism of this Church.
The diocesan Bishop must always remember the needs of their clergy,
of whom the diocesan Bishop must look upon as their counselors and
helpers. The diocesan Bishop must defend their rights at all times
and must ensure that they fulfill all obligations of their offices.
The diocesan Bishop must also ensure that all clergy have the
opportunity to develop their spiritual and intellectual life.
The diocesan Bishop must always foster vocations to the priesthood,
deaconate and religious life.
The diocesan Bishop is bound to teach and witness to the faithful
the truths of faith. The diocesan Bishop must preach frequently and
must ensure that the provisions of the Canons regarding her Liturgy,
preaching of the Word and catechetical instructions are faithfully
Remaining mindful that they are the bound to give examples of
holiness, charity, humility and simplicity of life, the diocesan
Bishop is to seek in every way all opportunities to promote the
holiness of Christ's faithful.
17.10 Upon their
canonical installation, the diocesan Bishop must apply the Mass for
those entrusted to their care each Sunday.
17.11 While the
diocesan Bishop can function anywhere within their diocese, they may
not do so publicly outside of their diocese without the consent of
the local Ordinary, unless expressly given or reasonable presumed.
diocesan Bishop personally governs their diocese with legislative,
judicial and executive power, they may appoint Vicar Generals or
Episcopal Vicars to assist in the pastoral and sacramental care of
all those entrusted to the care of the diocese.
The diocesan Bishop must promote and defend the unity of the Church
and is bound to promote the discipline which is common for the
welfare of the Church, and so press for the observance of all
ecclesiastical laws and norms of the Church.
In all legal
transactions, the diocesan Bishop acts in the person of the diocese.
diocesan Bishop is to foster various forms of the apostolate within
their diocese and to ensure that all works of the apostolate is
under their direction.
diocesan Bishop is obligated to visit all parishes, religious houses
and sacred places within their diocese.
diocesan Bishop is obligated to prepare a written report for
presentation at the annual conference of the church.
diocesan Bishop has the prerogative to create Monsignors or Canons
within their diocese according to church law.
diocesan Bishops are requested to offer their resignations upon
their 70th birthday.
Any diocesan Bishop who has retired from their office, acquires the
title of "Bishop-Emeritus." Unless there is a grave reason
contrary, a Bishop-Emeritus retains their faculties to celebrate the
sacraments. A Bishop-Emeritus may, unless there is a grave
reason contrary, be called upon by their successor to assist as need
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