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Church Council Meeting - Highland Park Baptist Church - Lenoir City,  Tennessee


October 21st, 2020 Meeting of the Evangelical Catholic Church


Paula Helsby
Canon Mark Hebert
William R. Morton
Bishop James Alan Wilkowski

This meeting was called to consider an amendment to Canon 15 of the Code of Canon Law

Bishop Wilkowski proposes the following amendment to Canon 15.7


Canon 15:  Incardination of a Secular Cleric

15.1 Candidates for Clerical Incardination into this Church must be full members of the Church prior to their application for Incardination. No application for Incardination shall be given prior to reception into the Church.

15.2 As part of the application process of Clerical Incardination, candidates must fulfill the requirements of Canon 12.14.

15.3 If there is a pastoral need, the local ordinary may grant candidates for Clerical Incardination the title of "cleric in residence", and provide them with the necessary faculties to assist the bishop.

15.4 A candidate for secular Clerical Incardination will be subject to the provisions of Canon 12.15 and 12.25

15.5 If it is determined that the candidate comes from a tradition that does not have valid Apostolic Succession and/or lacks the completion of the Rite of Orders, the local ordinary will supply the necessary sacramental validity through the Imposition of Hands and the required consecratory prayers for the Order received.

15.6 Candidates for Secular Clerical Incardination must possess a Master of Divinity degree, equivalent degree, or they must complete the required academic studies prior to being incardinated. This includes but is not limited to “reading for orders,” using one of the many Old Catholic or Independent Catholic online seminaries or schools of theology, or another “higher academic facility” as long as there is documented proof of completion of study through an officially issued certificate or diploma at Masters level by the competent authority.

15.7 The length of time for the process of Incardination (to be completed) will be determined by the local ordinary, in consultation with the candidate and the clergy of the diocese.

15.8 Candidates for secular incardination who are already clerics from within this Church body, may make a written petition the Local Ordinary of the Diocese they wish to incardinate into.  Before a cleric is permitted to incardinate, the petitioning cleric's current ordinary or religious superior must provide a letter of recommendation and a official copy of the petitioning cleric's files, records and documents to the ordinary being petitioned.  The ordinary being petitioned may, for just cause, decline a petition for secular incardination.

15.9  If, after attaining Secular Incardination within the Church, it is discovered that the candidate consciously submitted false and misleading information on his or her application for Secular Incardination into the Church, the incardinating diocese shall declare such Incardinations null and void.

Bishop Wilkowski offered the following Amendment to 15.7

15.7 The transitional period before cleric can complete the process of Incardination shall be one year from the date they receive their letter of transitional faculties. This period can be extended for one additional year at the request of the Ordinary or candidate for Incardination.

Following discussion, Canon Mark Hebert moved that this amendment be approved and Bill Morton seconded the motion.  Motion passed 4-0

Paula Helsby closed the meeting with prayer and meeting adjourned. 





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