At the time of the consecration of the
Evangelical Catholic Church, we, like many other Independent
Catholic jurisdictions, embarked on a mission to foster vocations
and to provide a ecclesial home to the countless numbers of inactive
clerics and religious. Like many of the other Independent
Catholic jurisdictions of that time, we accepted a low bar of standards to just
allow anybody to apply and become a priest - and for many years the
ECC paid a high and painful price for that policy.
Many years ago the the pool of vocational prospects was very shallow and inhabited by a
majority of individuals who lacked the psychological, emotional,
educational and spiritual standards necessary to don a collar or
habit and engage in any form of public ministry and by doing so we
became guilty of contributing to the glut of feral clergy and
religious that contributed to the discreditation of the overall
Independent Catholic movement.
We have learned that the People of God deserved better and
the ECC had to become a better steward of the gifts which God had
entrusted us with.
In recent years, the Evangelical
Catholic Church has celebrated the incardination of several fine and
outstanding clerics who have brought pride and who have contributed
to the growth and maturity of our community. Because of their
insights, we began seven years ago to revamp and reform our
formation policies for candidates for formation and incardination
that has enabled us to embrace the highest of professional and
ecclesial standards - second to none.
We are now pleased to be to proclaim
that the Evangelical Catholic Church is not,
nor will it ever permit itself to be a
clerical or religious repository for dysfunctional individuals.
According to Canon
12.25 of the Code of Canon Law for the Evangelical Catholic Church, the following are irregular
regarding the reception of Orders:
§1 A person who labors under some form of mental illness or other
psychic defect due to which, after consultation with experts in the
medical field, are judged incapable of rightly carrying out the
§2 A person who has committed the delict of apostasy, heresy, or schism
within the Church.
§3 A person who
has committed voluntary homicide.
§4 A person who
has committed sexual assault.
outlines the procedures and steps required by potential candidates
for Ordination to the Priesthood and Diaconate and also for
Candidates for Secular Incardination:
Reception as a member of the Evangelical Catholic Church prior to
submitting a application for entrance into any of our formation
2. Completion of a
application for entrance into any of our formation programs with all
necessary documents completed. These included:
baptism, confirmation, marriage and reception into the Evangelical
Catholic Church. Also decrees from any divorces.
Paperwork from any
criminal background check and evaluations from psychological
acceptance of a completed application, the proper authority shall
convene a review panel for the
recommendation of the candidate acceptability.
then accepts or rejects the candidate. (Note: this acceptance is
provisional only. The Diocesan bishop reserves the right to dismiss
any candidate from the program for a canonical reason, even if
occult. Cf. Can. 10.18 & 10.19).
When a candidate
for Orders either must begin their academic formation program or has
come to us with previous academic credits earned, the following
Minor Order of Lector at the beginning of graduate studies, unless
Minor Order of Acolyte mid-way in the academic program, unless
Candidacy will be
celebrated at the discretion of the Diocesan bishop (note: reception
of the Minor Orders will be at the discretion of the Diocesan bishop
if the candidate has completed the required academic studies prior
to entering our formation program).
required academic studies have been certified as completed and
prior to beginning the internship, the candidate shall be ordained
to the Order of Deacon.
Completion of any
pre-arranged required internship program.
Ordination to the
for clerical Incardination are very identical to those for other
candidates. A cleric seeking Incardination normally has already completed
the required studies and received all the Minor Orders. After the
Diocesan bishop accepts the candidate for Incardination, the bishop will
grant the candidate temporary faculties as a "cleric-in-residence." The
length of time of this required "probationary" period is at the
discretion of the Diocesan bishop after consultation with he clergy of
Prior to the celebration of
Incardination, the Diocesan Bishop or any other delegated authority
shall seek the evaluation and counsel of the parish or mission where
the candidate has been working for their impute and contribution of
from those norms and policies hereby stated are prohibited for any
reason. Any candidate for any of our formational tracks who
fails for fulfill or respect any part of this process will not be
considered as a suitable candidate and will dismiss from
Canon Law and Formation Policies
of the ECC
Religious Orders and Religious
Welcoming Women to
the Deaconate and Priesthood
Welcoming Back Inactive Deacon, Priests, Religious and Bishops
Sample Application for the ECC
Secular Formation Program
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