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   Canon Thirteen

Code of Canon Law
of the
Evangelical Catholic Church


Canon 13:  Diocesan Priests

13.1  Diocesan Priests are priests residing and functioning within a canonical diocese.

13.2  Diocesan Priests are obligated to show respect for the Presiding Bishop of the Church.

13.3  Diocesan Priests are obligated to show respect and obedience to their local ordinary.

13.4 Unless they have been excused by their ordinary or are impeded by law, all diocesan priests are obligated to accept and faithfully fulfill the office and duties entrusted to them by their ordinary.

13.5 Since all diocesan priests are working for the same purpose, they are to be united to one another in the bonds of prayer and collegiality and are to cooperate with one another.

13.6 Diocesan priests are to acknowledge and promote the mission of the laity within the Church.

13.7 Diocesan priests have a special obligation to seek holiness in their lives because they have been consecrated to God and are stewards of the mysteries of God in the service of His people.

13.8  Diocesan priests are to nourish their spiritual life through the celebration of the Eucharist and through the reading of Holy Scripture.

13.9  Diocesan priests are obligated to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

13.10  Diocesan priests are obligated to make spiritual retreats, to engage regularly in mental prayer and to approach the sacrament of penance.

13.11 Diocesan priests are obligated to honor and engage in acts of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary through prayer and in the celebration of her particular Feasts.

13.12  Diocesan priests are to behave with due prudence in relations to persons who company could be a danger to the sacredness of their obligations and or could lead to scandal of the faithful.

13.13  Diocesan priests are encouraged to continue their studies and education after their ordinations.

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