Nullification of Orders, Solemn Professions
Clerical and Religious Incardination
identifies the particulars prerequisites rendering a candidate
irregular and ineligible for Orders. It is the duty and
responsibility of those entrusted with the screening of candidates
for Orders, Profession and Incardination to ensure eligibility.
Despite all prudent safeguards, unworthy or ineligible candidates,
through intentional acts of fraud and deception, will ascent to Holy
Orders, make Profession or obtain Incardination.
Should it be
determined and documented that a Cleric or Religious has attained
their rank and status through acts of willful fraud and deception or
lacked the necessary psychological and spiritual freedom to enter
into Orders, Profession or Incardination, the appropriate Bishop or
Religious Superior must move to have said Orders, Profession or
Incardination declared Null and Void and return that person to their
Acts of Fraud
and Deception include, but not limited to:
of Application with false or misleading personal information.
B. Submission of False Academic Credentials or Canonical
C. Withholding of any information which would deem one irregular for
Orders, Profession or Incardination.
It is the
belief of this Church that one who obtained Holy Orders through acts
of willful fraud and deception or lacked the necessary interior
psychological or spiritual freedom, lacked the necessary
dispositional prerequisites [interior disposition] for the
Sacrament to be validly received at the time of ordination, even
when all necessary prescribed form was followed by the ordaining
It is the
belief of this Church that one who made Profession or obtained
Incardination through acts of willful fraud and deception or lacked
the necessary interior psychological or spiritual freedom for the
Canonical Act of Profession or Incardination to be validly
conferred, even when all necessary prescribed liturgical form was
followed by the bishop or religious superior.
It shall be
the responsibility for Bishops or Religious Superiors to exercise
all pastoral professionalism in the execution of Articles of
completion of the process of nullification of Holy Orders, Solemn
Profession and Clerical and Religious Incardination, the names of
those who have have their clerical or religious status nullified
will be made part of the public record of this church body.