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 Canon Thirty

Code of Canon Law
of the
Evangelical Catholic Church

Canon 30:  Ecumenical Faculties

30.1 Dual affiliation of clerics of the Evangelical Catholic Church with other denominations not in communion with this Church are prohibited. Faculties may be granted by the local ordinary for a cleric of this Church to pastorally function within another Christian community.

30.2 A cleric of this Church may petition for permission from the local ordinary to provide ecumenical pastoral assistance to a Christian community not in communion with this Church, which is without pastoral care, or is in transition and attempting to secure pastoral care from their denomination. In such cases, this Church and its clerics are forbidden from initiating any type of recruitment of that parish body. To do otherwise would be in violation of the spirit of cooperative ecumenism.

30.3 A cleric of this Church may petition the local ordinary to provide pastoral care to a community that is not in communion with this Church, only if that faith community has formally expressed in writing their desire to discern the possibility of continuing their journey of faith with this Church.

30.4 It shall be the responsibility of the local ordinary to select a cleric suitable to assist such faith communities in their discernment process. It shall be the direct personal responsibility of the local ordinary to remain involved in this discernment process.

30.5 Clerics of this Church may freely celebrate or concelebrate with a faith community, which has entered into a formal covenant of Intercommunion. Prior to celebrating with such communities, clerics of this Church must have the written permission of the local ordinary of the sister community.

30.6 Pastoral free-lancing by clerics of this Church is strictly prohibited. Clerics, engaging in such activities, shall have their faculties suspended.

 

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