[EPISCOPAL ANGLICAN CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA&NORTH INDIA MISSIONARY –DIOCESE- INDIA-INTERNATIONAL]
[FOUNDER AND PRESIDENTTHE MOST. REVD. DR.N.STEPHEN C.J.]
INTRODUCTION AND PREAMBLE
We the Most Reverend Doctor N.Stephen, by the Grace of God, ,PresidingArchbishop and Metropolitan– of Episcopal Anglican Church of South India& International diocese, primate of India, after prayer and deliberation, herewith promulgate the following Canons and Standing orders for the good India&International of the church this Fifteenth day of January in the year of 2015, with the blessing of the Most Rev Dr. John LongleyMetropolitan Arch bishop ofAECInternational[Australia]in13 theOctober 2014.and with the blessing of THE MOST REV VICTOR MANUEL CRUZ BLANCOpresidingAnglican Arch Bishop and Metropolitan. Province of Latin Americaon October 14th 2016.and with the blessing of SAMUEL LOVATO” PROVINCE OF ITALY” Vide REGN 29 .VI.2015, R.G.N.0302//2015 as an International Diocese.
STRUCTURE and COMMUNION
INTRODUCTION AND PREAMBLE
We the Most Reverend Doctor N.Stephen, by the Grace of God, Metropolitan Archbishop Elect of Episcopal Anglican Church of South India, primate of India, after prayer and deliberation, herewith promulgate the following Canons and Standing orders for the good India of the church this Fifteenth day of January in the year of 2015.
STRUCTURE and COMMUNION
These are the Canons of Episcopal Anglican Church of South India, a totally independent communion of Churches and Clergy committed to, and following the Anglican traditions in doctrine and worship, and herein after referred to as “e;the Church”e;.
The Archbishop and the College of Bishops shall govern the Church. During any vacancy in the office of Archbishop the College of Bishops shall discharge all the duties of the Archbishop until a Successor has been elected, installed and enthroned in his stead.
The College of Bishops shall in the event of a vacancy in the office of Archbishop convene an Electoral College to choose a new Archbishop from amongst their number. Each Bishop shall be entitled to a single vote; the Archbishop shall be elected on a first past the post ballot system. When elected by the majority of his peers the Archbishop shall be Installed and Enthroned at an early opportunity in accordance with the established customs of the Church. At the time of his election the length of his initial term of office shall be determined and on the completion of the said term, he may be re-appointed for a similar period of time, at the end of his second period in office, he shall however not be eligible for re-election, but will then and then only be given the honorary title of Archbishop Emeritus. An Archbishop Emeritus shall be entitled to retain his seat in the College of Bishops and to speak on any subject but will not have any voting rights.
The Church will be in Full Communion with all Churches of like Faith and Doctrine especially with the Continuing Anglican Churches throughout the world.
The Church is rooted in the teaching of the historic Church enshrined in the Catholic Creeds and the teaching of all the Ecumenical Councils of the Christian Church, as developed and amended in the Anglican tradition. As such it is a Continuing Church of the traditional Anglican Communion.
The Church is a Communion of traditional Anglican clergy who are in union acknowledging the Faith as once given to the Apostles. We are in union to ensure that our orthodoxy is maintained for the hope and salvation of all mankind and to the Glory of God. To that end it is therefore resolved:
We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and that we are His servants in this world, keeping to the Faith as given.
That we hold to the doctrine as revealed by God in the Holy Scriptures, the Canon known as the King James Version of the Holy Bible as holding all things necessary for salvation.
We use the Book of Common Prayer in any such version as may be duly authorised to maintain orthodox liturgy and a common practice of worship.
We hold to the 39 Articles of Religion as may be applied to time and place, holding the principle that in Scripture, Tradition and Reason, all things may be for God’s peoples necessity and common welfare.
We hold to the Holy Orders of Bishops, Priests and Deacons, and we believe that in accordance with the teaching of Holy Scripture and the traditions of the church that all who hold these Orders must be men of high moral character.
We hold that all congregations are independent and own any properties in common. The clergy are held in common by all and for all. The Communion serves its parishes whilst the clergy serves the Body of Christ.
No Bishop of the Church will enter into any agreement for Inter-Communion with any other church or ecclesial body without the consent of the Archbishop in writing.
No Bishop of the Church will take it upon himself to act as Episcopal Visitor to any body or Religious Order whatsoever without the consent of the Archbishop in writing.
No Bishop of the Church will enter into any arrangement whereby he engages in a personal Prelature with any Clerk in Holy Orders in any circumstances whatsoever without the consent of the Archbishop in writing.
No Bishop or Priest of the Church will con-celebrate the Eucharist with a woman priest or Bishop of any other jurisdiction whatsoever.
HOLY ORDERS and LAY MINISTRY
By divine institution, there are in the Church sacred ministers who are also called clergy, the others are called lay people. The orders of the clergy shall be the traditional orders of Bishops, Priests and Deacons handed down to us from the earliest times.
According to the traditions of the earliest church, no woman shall be ordained into any state of Holy Orders.
The ancient non-sacramental Order of Deaconess shall be preserved, and it shall be open to the Archbishop to appoint any woman of devout character and proved fitness, to the Order of Deaconess. The Archbishop shall define the duties of the Deaconess at the time of her appointment. No-one shall be admitted to the Order of Deaconess under the age of 30 years, and until she shall have laid before the Archbishop testimonials showing that she is a communicant of the church in good standing, and that she possesses such characteristics as, in the judgment of the persons testifying, fit her for the duties of that office. No woman shall be recognised as a Deaconess until she has been admitted to that office by a Bishop, at a Service prescribed for that purpose, as approved by the Archbishop.
In addition, the duties of Archbishop, Vicar General, Chancellor, Theologian, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, Director of Vocations and any other necessary and appropriate appointments may be conferred by the Archbishop in his absolute discretion as the need arises. The Archbishop is not obliged to fill any such vacancy as may arise. The Archbishop may create any other new appointment as may in his judgment become necessary for the good order and governance of the Church.
The appointments of Secretary, Treasurer, Chancellor and Registrar shall be open to the Laity.
No cleric or lay office holder in the Church shall be an employee of the Church under any circumstances. It is a Condition Precedent of any License or appointment in the Church that the licensee or appointee understands and accepts this ab intio (from the beginning.)
There shall be no compulsory retirement age for any office holder within the Church, clergy or lay; all appointments shall be ad vitam, sed quamdiu se bene gesserit (for life unless indisposed by ill health.)
Bishop will carry the title The Right Reverend, and will customarily be addressed as Bishop (Christian name).
Priests will carry the title The Reverend, and will customarily be addressed as The Reverend or Father (Christian name).
Deacons will carry the title The Reverend and will customarily be addressed by their Christian name.
Deaconesses will carry the title Deaconess and will customarily be addressed by their Christian name.
A Priest holding the appointment of Vicar General or Dean of Theology shall carry the title of The Very Reverend, and will otherwise be customarily addressed as a priest.
A cleric other than a Bishop holding a Diocesan appointment as a Secretary, Treasurer, or Director of Vocations etc shall at the discretion of the Archbishop carry the title The Reverend Canon in addition to any other distinctions.
It shall be open to the Archbishop to approve the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor upon the request of the Chancellor, should the need arise.
The appointment of the Registrar shall be on the recommendation of the Chancellor, subject to the approval of the Archbishop.
It shall be open to the Archbishop to confer honorary titles on any members of the clergy in recognition of special service or other worthy contribution.
All titles of honour except that appertaining to the Chancellorship and the appointment of Registrar endure for life unless the College of Bishops exercises its authority to remove them for good and pressing reason. Only the current Chancellor is The Worshipful although it shall be open to the Archbishop at his absolute discretion, to confer the title Emeritus on former holders of the office after long and distinguished service to the Church.
In accordance with the Archbishop’s historic position as the representative of the true Catholic Church deriving from the Medieval Succession it shall be open to the Archbishop to grant academic honours in the form of honorary degrees in Theology, Divinity, Ministry, Church Music and Canon Law. These will be in the form of (Hon) D.D., (Hon) Th.D., (Hon) D.Min., (Hon) D.C.Mus., (Hon) D.CL. etc. They will be granted at the Archbishop’s absolute discretion, The use of such degrees by clergy in their non-clerical life without the abbreviation (Hon) is absolutely forbidden, and may result in a Chancellor’s hearing if so used.
Where the needs of the Church require and ministers are not available and only at the request of a Bishop when appropriate, lay people may exercise the ministry of the word, .preside over liturgical prayers, confer emergency baptism and distribute Holy Communion of the pre-consecrated Host. In extreme emergency any baptised person may ask for God’s blessing on the soul of a person about to die.
Before candidates are accepted for ordination, they must submit documentation of their baptism and confirmation. In cases where such documentary attestation is impossib1e, the candidate may instead at the discretion of a Bishop swear an affidavit before a Magistrate or a Commissioner for Oaths, that they have been baptized and confirmed, giving such information as they are able.
In order correctly to confer the Orders of Priesthood or Deaconate, it is required that, in the judgment of the Bishop, the candidate possesses the requisite qualities and is considered beneficial to the ministry of the Church.
The Bishop must ensure that before a person is promoted to any order, they are properly instructed concerning the order itself and its obligations. The Archbishop shall have absolute discretion as to the nature of such instruction, the need for it, or otherwise.
The Priesthood may be conferred only upon those who have completed their twenty-fifth year of age, and possess a sufficient maturity. There would normally be an interval of at least six months between the Deaconate and the Priesthood. The Deaconate may be conferred only upon those who have completed their thirty year of age.
Any person over the age of 45 years, believing that he has a genuine call to the ministry of God’s word may apply to a Bishop, to have his vocation tested and, subject to a favourable outcome, and with the approval in writing of the Archbishop may be ordained a Permanent Deacon. And in that capacity be appointed to assist a Priest in his own locality.
An Ordination is to be celebrated during public Holy Communion. The minister of sacred ordination is without exception a Consecrated Bishop.
After an ordination, the names of the individuals ordained, the name of the ordaining Bishop, and the date and place of ordination are to be entered into a Register of Services.
The ordaining Bishop is to give to each person ordained Priest or Deacon an authentic certificate of the ordination received. Such document is normally referred to as Letters of Orders. It must contain the date and place of ordination, and a statement that it took place during a public celebration of Holy Communion and the seal and signature of the ordaining Bishop, along with Arch Bishop
It is usual though not essential for the principal consecrating Bishop at an Episcopal Consecration to have at least two other Bishops with him. However, where this is not practicable, letters from those who would wish to co-consecrate will be accepted in absentia.
No rites of ordination will be used without the approval of the Archbishop and such rites will be based on those openly approved within the Church.
All Bishops have the power to ordain Deacons and Priests of the Church. They must both satisfy themselves of the correctness of the rite used and the required intention to ordain. Each ordaining Bishop must issue their own respective ordination documents. The Archbishop shall be informed in advance of all ordinations, and shall have an absolute rite of veto upon any ordination that he considers undesirable. His decision shall be lead by the Holy Spirit and will be unquestionable. All certificates signed and issued by Arch [founder] along with Bishop respected regin and country. Provincial bishops must inform about each and every ordination and get approval and authorized certificates from Archbishops [founder]. All ordinations must be done along with or in the presence of Arch bishop only.
No Bishop within the Church can consecrate another Episcopal candidate within the Church without the consent and participation of the Archbishop.
No Bishop will take part in the consecration of anyone as a Bishop in any other jurisdiction without the consent of the Archbishop in writing.
No Bishop will take part in the ordination of a woman as a Deacon or Priest, or the Consecration of a woman as a Bishop in any other jurisdiction.
To be a suitable candidate for the Episcopate, a person must be outstanding in his ability to show Christian love to all. A person who in the prudent judgement of the Archbishop all things considered, is considered to be of exceptional faith, wholly motivated by the right intention, deeply endowed with wisdom, held in the highest esteem by a group of peop1e who know him well and have achieved a developed sense of moral probity and virtue and clearly possess the emotional, psychological and spiritual qualities appropriate to the order to be received. They must be at least 25 years of age.
In the Church, a parish is not limited by geographical boundaries, it embraces all who have contact with a particular Priest. The Priest is their proper pastor. He exercises the pastoral care of the community entrusted to him under the guidance of a Bishop, whose ministry of Christ he is called to share, so that for this community he may carry out the office of teaching, sanctifying and serving with the cooperation of other Priests or Deacons and with the assistance of lay members of Christ’s faithful.
A Priest has the obligation to ensure that the word of God is proclaimed in its entirety to those within his parish. He is to see that the lay members of Christ’s faithful are instructed in the truths of the faith. He is to foster works that promote the spirit of the Gospel, including its relevance to social justice. He is to have a special care for the Christian education of children and young people.
A Priest is to strive to ensure that Christ’s faithful are nourished by the devout celebration of the Sacraments.
So that the Priest may fulfil his office of pastor, he is to strive to know those entrusted to his care. He is therefore to visit their families, sharing especially in their cares, anxieties and sorrows, comforting them in the Lord.
He is to help the sick and especially the dying in great charity, solicitously restoring them with the Sacraments and commending their souls to God. He is to be especially diligent in seeking out the poor, the suffering, the lonely, those who are exiled from their homeland, and those burdened with special difficulties.
The Priest is to recognise and promote the special role that lay members of Christ’s faithful have in the mission of the church, fostering their associations that have loving purposes. He is to ensure that the faithful are concerned for the local community and that they take part in and sustain works which promote the community.
The functions especially entrusted to the Priest are as follows: the administration of baptism, the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation to those in danger of death or at the request of a Bishop, the anointing of the sick and the imparting of the Apostolic blessing, the conduct of marriages and the nuptial blessing, the conduct of funerals, the celebration of the Eucharist and also Sacramental confession.
A Priest is to be responsible for the keeping of proper registers, that is, of baptisms, of marriages and of deaths, and any other services conducted. He is to ensure that all entries are accurately made and that the registers are carefully preserved.
CLERICAL DRESS with advice to the Clergy
Ordinary clerical dress consists of a shirt and a clerical collar. Shirts may be violet or grey. In the Anglican tradition Roman Purple or Violet are only won by Bishops. Shirts of rainbow colours for the clergy are not acceptable. Clerical collars may be of the Roman type or inserted type as may be most convenient.
Clergy may also wear cassocks as part of their ordinary clerical dress and traditionally the cassocks was not worn over any other clothes but was considered as a garment in its own right. Cassocks are worn in liturgical celebrations; particularly choir Offices when they are worn with a surplice, scarf/tippet and academic hood where applicable. The ordinary colour of a cassock for the clergy is violet, a violet cincture and cape may also be worn. Cassocks come broadly in two different styles, a Roman style which buttons up the front, and a Sarum or wrap around style. The Sarum cassock is preferred but either is acceptable.
It is obligatory for Deacons and Priests to wear the stole. At the Eucharist the Priest may wear the stole crossed over his breast and fixed in position with the ends of the cincture or girdle. This symbolises the sacrifice of Christ that is about to be remembered. However, some modem sets of vestments are designed for the stole to be worn over the chasuble. Deacon’s stoles are worn over the left shoulder with the ends tied on the right hip. The stole is the symbol of the authority of the Priesthood / Deaconate. The colour of the stole will usually match that of the liturgical season.
Baptism; Priests may wear an alb and white stole (with the stole hanging down, not crossed) or a cassock, surplice and scarf / tippet. Deacons should wear alb and stole (with the stole worn in the Deacon style) or a cassock, surplice and scarf.
Reconciliation/ Penance/Confession: In a formal context the Priest should wear a cassock and a purple stole. In an informal context a stole will suffice. Small reconciliation stoles which are double-sided white / purple are available and Priests should carry one around with them at all times in case they are required to administer the sacraments in an emergency.
Marriage: priests may wear an alb and a white stole. Deacons should wear alb and stole (with the stole worn in the Deacon style) or a cassock, surplice and stole.
Sacrament of the Sick/Extreme Unction: Priests may wear an alb and purple stole with the stole hanging down, not crossed or a cassock, surplice and stole. In an emergency the reconciliation stole alone will suffice.
Funerals: Priests may wear either an alb and a black or purple stole (with the stole hanging down, not crossed) or a cassock, surplice and stole. Deacons should wear alb and stole with the stole worn in the Deacons style or a cassock, surplice and scarf and tippet.
Blessing of houses: Priests may wear an alb and white stole (with the stole hanging down, not crossed) or a cassock, surplice and scarf / tippet.
Copes: Copes may be worn for the solemn celebration of the sacraments outside of the Eucharist and for solemn processions and the formal celebration of the Divine Office.
Bishops: the normal wear of a Bishop shall be a cassock with rochet and red chimere, and tippet, although a black chimere may be worn for funerals. A zucatta may be worn, with cope and mitre on ceremonial occasions. In the alternative a Roman style cassock may be worn with a shoulder cape.
The Colours of the Liturgical Seasons. White: The sum of all colours so it can be worn at any time. Used particularly for the great feasts of Our Lord, The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Angels, Confessors and Virgins. It is worn during Christmastide and Eastertide. It may also be worn at funerals to symbolise the resurrection. Red: Red as the symbol of fire and blood is worn on Pentecost and on the feasts of Martyrs, Palm Sunday and may be worn on Good Friday. Green: Green, the colour of hope, is worn during what the church calls ‘Ordinary Time’. Purple: Purple is the symbol of penitence, humility and longing. It is worn during Lent and Advent and on All Soul’s Day and may be worn for funerals. Rose: Rose as the symbol of refreshment and joy is traditionally worn on the third Sunday of Advent and the fourth Sunday of Lent. Black: Black is the symbol of sadness and mourning. It may be worn on Good Friday, All Soul’s Day and Funerals. It has become less fashionable in recent years and has largely been replaced in some jurisdictions by Purple. The Church will continue to allow its clergy to wear Violet/Merun/Purple if they so wish.
The minimum required accoutrements for those in Holy Orders would thus consist of:
A White Stole because white can be worn at any time.
An alb and amice if required, with girdle.
A Reconciliation stole.
A White chasuble.
A Black scarf / tippet.
THE HOLY SACRAMENTS
The Sacraments of the Church are the Sacraments of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and are the outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual Grace.
The Sacraments of the New Testament were instituted by Christ the Lord and entrusted to the Church. As actions of Christ and of the Church, they are signs and means by which faith is expressed and strengthened, worship is offered to God and our sanctification brought about. Thus they contribute in the most effective manner to establishing, strengthening and manifesting ecclesiastical communion.
Sacred ministers may not properly deny the Sacraments to those opportunely ask for them.
Because they imprint a character, the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders cannot be repeated.
By Baptism people are freed from sins, and are born again as children of God and, made like Christ by an indelible character, and are incorporated into the Church.
Baptism is to be conferred by total immersion water with the appropriate words, using any rite that may be approved by the Archbishop. The Ordinary minister of Baptism is a Bishop, Priest or a Deacon, but may in cases of emergency be carried out by a Deaconess, a Lay Reader or any confirmed member of the Church.
In so far as possible, in the case of Infant Baptism, the child being baptised shall be assigned at least one Godparent. The parents are to choose the Godparents and they can be any Baptised Christian of full age.
The Priest must carefully and without delay record in the Register of Baptism the full names and date of birth of the baptised, the minister, the parents, the Godparents and the place and date of the baptism.
The Sacrament of Confirmation confers a character. By it the baptised continue their path of Christian initiation. They are enriched with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are more closely linked to the Church. They are made strong and more firmly obliged by word and deed to witness to Christ and to spread and defend the faith.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred by anointing with chrism on the forehead and by the laying on of the hands by the confirming Bishop, and by the appropriate words.
The chrism to be used in the Sacrament of Confirmation should have been consecrated by a Bishop.
The ordinary minister for the Confirmation is a Bishop. Where it is not expedient or convenient for a Bishop to confirm, a Priest can also validly confer this Sacrament at the request of a Bishop, In the normal course of events the nominated Priest should be a Canon of the Church.
To establish that Confirmation has been conferred the full names of those confirmed, the Bishop, the parents and the place and date of the Confirmation shall be recorded in the Register of Confirmations.
All Baptised and Confirmed people are to be invited to receive the Holy Communion. This should include all those from other Christian denominations the only requirement being a love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The most Holy sacrifice of the Eucharist must be offered in bread, and in wine to which a small quantity of water has been added. Reception of the consecrated host in the hands is permitted in accordance with the Anglican tradition.
In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation those who confess their sins to a Priest, and are sorry for their sins and have a purpose of amendment, receive from God, through the absolution given by that minister, forgiveness of the sins they have committed after baptism, and at the same time they are reconciled with the Church, which by sinning they wounded.
Only a Bishop or Priest is the minister of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.
The anointing of the sick, by which the Church commends to the suffering, and glorified Lord those who are dangerously ill so that He may support and save them, is conferred by anointing them with Holy Oil and pronouncing the relevant words.
The Holy Oil to be used in the anointing of the sick is normally blessed by a Bishop but in the case of necessity any Priest may bless the oil, but it should only be blessed during the celebration of the Sacrament.
The minister is to apply the anointing oil with his own hands, using the relevant words. If for some very special medical reason it is indicated that anointing by hand would be inappropriate then and then only may an anointing spoon be used.
A Bishop, Priest or a Deacon can validly administer the Sacrament of the anointing of the Sick.
Holy Matrimony and Family Life
Matrimonial consent is an act of will by which a man and a woman by an irrevocable covenant mutually give and accept one another for the purpose of establishing a marriage.
From a marriage there arises between the two people a bond which of its own nature is permanent and exclusive.
Those who have the care of children have the most serious obligation and the primary right to do all in their power to ensure their children’s physical, social, cultural, moral and spiritual upbringing.
Pastoral care must be provided for all who experience divorce. There shall be no impediment to the remarriage of divorced people provided that the Priest is fully satisfied that such re-marriage is not undertaken lightly or without commitment, and after he has made due and diligent enquiry to ascertain the authenticity and godliness of that which is being sought.
A Priest can impart blessings, except those reserved to the Bishop. In accordance with the traditional practice of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church throughout the world a Deacon may bless people, but not objects.
No cleric should attempt to exorcise the possessed without the special and express permission and guidance or the Archbishop, using only the Form of Exorcism provided and approved by the Church. Due to the possible legal ramifications. those undertaking any form of exorcism are strongly advised to consult the Chancellor in advance for advice.
A Bishop, Priest or Deacon of the Church is available to conduct a Baptism, a Marriage, a Funeral, or any other service according to the authority of their orders.
In the case of a marriage service in England and Wales, they may only take place in a building, which has been properly licensed for that purpose by the local authority and only then in the presence of an authorised person – the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths. Marriage blessing services following a civil ceremony may however take place at any convenient location.
The Church does not under any circumstances recognize the civil partnership ceremonies, which take place between homosexual males or lesbian females. Clergy members found to have attended or given a blessing at such ceremonies will be subject to a disciplinary hearing in the Chancellor’s Court, which will ultimately lead to their expulsion from the Church. There will be no right of appeal against such decisions.
CHURCH BUILDINGS & SACRED PLACES
All the services of the Church can be held in any appropriate place. At the discretion of a Bishop, Priest, Deacon, church or lay people involved.
Sacred places are those, which are assigned to divine worship or to the burial of the faithful by the dedication or blessing provided for this purpose.
It is appropriate that places set aside for use of a Church be dedicated and blessed. The dedication and blessing of a place belongs to a Bishop, but may be delegated to another appropriate clergyman if necessary.
Where more than a single person gathers regularly for worship, a Bishop of the Church can be requested to dedicate the church building and agree a title for it.
If a Church regularly uses a building as a place for their worship then such a place can be set aside and can be named after the Church that uses it.
An Oratory or a Private Chapel means a place that is set aside for divine worship, for the convenience of one or more individuals. Oratories and Private Chapels may be used for other church and secular purposes when not in use for worship provided that such use is of a respectable and Godly nature according with the holiness of the place. Such buildings that may be available could include, Village Halls, Cemetery Chapels, Scout Headquarters, Social Clubs, etc, or a room which has been set apart for the purpose within a private house.
A document is to be drawn up recording the dedication or blessing of the place, which must be retained by the Priest in charge.
Sacred places are violated by acts done in them which are gravely injurious and give scandal when, in the judgement of a Bishop, these acts are so serious and so contrary to the holiness of the place that the harm needs to be repaired by means of a penitential rite.
Sacred places lose their dedication or blessing if they have been in great measure destroyed, or if they have been permanently made over to secular usage, whether by decree of a Bishop or simply in fact.
There shall be no impediment preventing the Church from using any building belonging to another Christian group or denomination with the full consent of the ordinary authority of that place.
There shall be no impediment preventing any Christian group or denomination using any building owned by or under the control of the Church with the consent in writing setting out the agreed terms and conditions of the usage, from the cleric normally in charge of that place.
RIGHTS & DUTIES
DUTIES OF [FOUNDER & PRESIDENT] METROPOLITAN ARCH BISHOP INDIA-INTERNATINAL DIOCESE:-
He is the total responsibility person to the diocese & He is the Founder and president of the Diocese. He is having rights to undertake all the responsibilities of subordinates of all departments and their functions He is having rights to establish (or) Remove the power of the subordinates (and) extending (or) reducing the departments if necessary. He is not the owner of the property & finance of the Diocese. He is having the power to handle cash, cheque, and DD up to. 25,00,000/- per month individually, But with the knowledge of synod & Gen. Sec and Metropolitan (or) moderator He can handle cash, cheque & DD for Rs.50,00,000/- p. month. If it is more than crore must get permission fromsynod board members also. He can take decision to buy, but not to Sale the property of movable and immovable, but with the decision of Moderator and synod& Gen. Secretary. Along with synod board permission and after passing resolution, He can sale any things of the diocese property. He is only the authority person to consecrate Bishops. And to appoint Deputy Moderator, Synod & Gen. Secretary, treasurer, and all State & District Bishops and all other subordinates. He is having full autonomous power to remove the persons from the service within 24 hrs. Without notice of the subordinates against if there is any violation of diocese Rules (or) improper activities (or) indiciplinary activities appeared in duty. He is the signing authority in certificates & Bank correspondence of cheque and DD etc., he is a chancellor of faculty (St. Peter’s Theological College & Seminary India. He only appoint trust secretary & treasurer and other synod board members, advisory committee, and ordination council members [time to time as applicable].
RIGHTS & DUTIES OF MODERATOR:-[INDIA-INTERNATIONAL]
He is the appointed person by the Synod Board (or) directly by the Arch Bishop himself. Once in five years election will be conduct. Election officer Synod general Secretary and Deputy Moderator. Moderator having all powers to diocese function without disturbance. In the absence of Metropolitan Arch Bishop,moderator is the Authority person to run the Diocese as per Byelaws. He is the signing authority in all certificates including theological certificates. He should present with synod general secretary at the time of all ordinations. He can ordinate Priests, Deon & consecrate bishops, while Absence of Arch Bishop along with national general secretary, Deputy Moderator and state president. He is under national synod general secretary.
RIGHTS & DUTIES OF DEPUTY MODERATOR [INDIA-INTERNATIONAL]
He is totally Asst to metropolitan. He will overlook all duties temporarily while absence of metropolitan and Arch Bishops and has to report to synod general secretary. He is also Electoral person by the Body once in five year. He has to control Mission department activities, and president (Bishop) Admin & development and all State all District Bishops and his subordinates of area chairman pastorate chairman, marriage council director and Liaison officer. He can take action upon indiciplinary activities of his subordinates and forward to metropolitan for further action. HE IS UNDER NATIONAL SYNOD GENERAL SECRETARY.
RIGHTSANDDUTIESOFSYNODGENERALSECRETARY [INDIA- INTERNATIONAL
He is the authorized person for overlooking all synod activities, and control OF all departments’ of state and district bishops’ room’s activities INCLUDING, MODERATOR and DEPUTY MODERATOR. He has right to write letter and arrange meetings among state and district bishop’s council, synod board, advisory council, ordination council, and to send letters and instruction to the subordinates with the signature of Metropolitan. He is not an electoral person but directly posted by Arch bishop. He is fully Asst to Metropolitan. He can visit any state or any district for development. He is the organizer and Controller of study center activities, He is the faculty registrar cum Director [elect]vice-chancellor. Due to financial matter he can co-ordinate with metropolitan and Arch Bishop. He is alsocontroller of all theological colleges&’ studies throughout India and abroad.
He is the liable person to develop ministry and elect district Bishops and Associate bishops, throughout district wise, He can recommend all District Bishops, and bishop commissionary, missionary bishops, and missionaries through District wise. According to the rules and eligibility as per Byelaw. All ordinations and consecrations should be with Arch bishop and informed to Arch bishop [National president] in advance for getting approval and certificates. [His position will be lift up by Arch bishop without election, by his veetopower or by election by the diocese bishop’s council properly as a central Diocesedirector of EACSI CENTRAL DIOCESE-INDIA] He has to control all district bishops, priests, marriage council directors, liaison officer’s activities throughout their own responsible state, and Report to National synod general secretary as and when need arises. They can inspect all the district bishops, priests and churches, along with missionary bishop and commissionary bishop can take indiciplinary action to remove or revoke from the diocese with the permission of National synod general secretary and Arch bishop with the law council advice.
RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF STATE Bishopscoordinator [or] Director:-[IN INDIA]
HAVING NO RIGHTS TO OVER THE POWER OF STATE PRESIDENT AND STATE BISHOP.HE ISUNDER THE CONTROLL OF NATIONAL SYNOD GENERAL SECRETARY AND STATE PRESIDENT ANDSTATE BISHOP. HIS LIMIT IS ONLY UNDER HIS JURISDICTION.BUT HE CAN ORGANISE [OR] DIRECT [or] co-ordinateALL DISTRICT BISHOPS REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF DIOCESE IF THE NEED ARISE, nothing more than that. [Election will be once in TWO years].
Rights and Duties of STATE OVERSEER GENERAL: [IN INDIA]-
He is the person to organize or introduce or select Bishops/and subordinates in the particular state. [Election will be once in two years].
RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF DISTRICT BISHOPS. [INDIA-INTERNATIONAL]
He is the responsible person report to moderator directly, & to National synod general secretary & state president& state bishop about the district, and he mayselect the following ministers in district level,Associate general bishop, Chaplin,commissionary bishop,missionary bishop,senior chief overseer, senior overseer, district overseer, Taluk overseer, marriage council director & liaison officer, pastorate , Deacons, lay preaches and missionaries with the help of State president&bishop and Nationalsynod general secretary and metropolitan for the smooth administration. All Ordination and consecration should be done with the presence ofArch Bishop& to get Permission by way of letter in advance. All certificate should be received from Metro Politian Arch Bishop, His limit is only under his jurisdiction. No authority to give any certificates to anybody else without the knowledge of national synod secretary/state bishop/state president and Arch bishop. He is the MWA fund controlling& handling petty cash in his district. He is the fellowship leader/organizer/ in his district.
He is a subordinate bishop. He is having all power as like as district bishop. While absence or sick or inability or in the period of suspense period or in the revoke condition of district bishop He can take charge and run diocese work without delay.
RIGHTSANDDUTIES OF BISHOP COMISSIONARY: [INDIA&INTERNATIONAL]-
He is the person to control all subordinates [priests, bishops] activities in the particular state/ district. He can take action against indiciplinary activities found by the subordinates including state/ district bishops inform to arch bishop, state president and national synod secretary to remove or suspend or revoke from diocese.
RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF BISHOP MISSIONARY: [INDIA&INTERNATIONAL]-
He is the person to visit and inspect all the churches including state/district bishops churches & activities and if found any indiciplinary activities, he can take action with the help of commissionary and to recommend to Arch bishop,, state president to revoke or to remove or suspend from diocese.
Rights and duties of Bishop Chaplin:-
He is an assistant to bishop having no power to activate independently or by order of any bishop.[Bishop Chaplin] is to be responsible for the keeping of proper registers, that is, of baptisms, of marriages and of deaths, and any other services conducted. He is to ensure that all entries are accurately made and thattheregistersarecarefullypreserved.
M.C. Director is controlled by Moderator and synod general secretary of central diocese of India, &district, and state bishop. He can recommend Liaison officer.All marriages solemnized under ICMR Act 1872 scheduled IV under part I sec 5 (1), 5(2), 10(1), 11(2), Part IV Sec 27TO29&31TO37 and sec VI clause 64 of ICMR Act 1872 (15of1872]underGovt.G.O.19020/G2/2013.DT31.10.2013.allmarriages solemnized by pastorate chairman and all marriage particulars will send to District M.C. Director for verification and to get approval seal and signature in the abstract itself and get Returns of submission Letter from director and then, pastorate chairman is the person take it to the DR office and IG office for Registration. Marriage records can be controlled by pastorate chairman, New Marriage Register will be issued by national diocese office at cost of Rs.300/- fund goes to national diocese account. And for renewal of license Rs.300/- once in a year by national synod general secretary. [Without renewal license become null and invalid] This fund has to send national diocese fund, No marriage register should be given or sale to non-diocese members or self-printings.If found, according to bylaw criminal action to be taken by the diocese advocates in the court of law.Liaison Officer is the person to attend all Govt official matters especially IG Office matters.
RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS & MISION DIRECTOR:-
He is having controlled this department. He can move through email and website for all dealings and Forward to Moderator He is a liable person to report, inform to Arch Bishops in this connection. Every month respectively. Arch Bishop metropolitan is the Head of this Department.
Note>-indiciplinary action will be taken up on state bishop, state president, National synod secretary, state bishop commissionary, state bishop missionary complaints upon wrong district function & state function and wrong administration, if found, notice will be issued without information within 24 hrs. Postings and powers will be revoked and legal notice will issued by advisory council for the court legal action as per cannon. Arch bishops state personal representative will follow and report to Arch bishop house.
EACSI-Women diocese throughout theNation:-
In every state diocese one women diocese president and one wise president will be appointed, and this presidents may recommend women priests for their states and districts and send the name to the metropolitan for approval for their districts. After verification of all certificates and testimonies metropolitan passed order to central women diocese authority to ordain and licensed as priests along with the council members. .women priests and their activities are controlled by state & central women diocese president and their council. Women priests may concentrate in church ministry and can give Holy Communion, and solemnize marriages, funerals ceremony etc. independently or can call district women president & district bishop and associated bishops.She will get renewal her marriage license from district bishop office. Report given to district bishop and state bishop and synod general secretary of central India diocese properly once in three months.
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