THE DISCIPLINES

Common Discipline, Canon 8

The Celtic Society of St. James

and

The Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation

of

The Anam Cara Episcopate (Diocese) of St. James and St. Mary

The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas 

ARTICLE ONE: HOLY ORDERS

 

A.  There shall be three (3) common orders for ordained ministry: a) making of deacons; b) the ordering of priests and missionary monks, aka elders and presbyters; c) the ordination or consecration of titular bishops.

 

B.  The Celtic Society of St. James allows the ordination of men and women to holy orders with the same rights and duties.  We also understand the Communion makes no distinction as to race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, social status, profession, marital status, political belief, and culture of its members. V Holy Orders are established by Canon 7. V

 

C.  The Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation only allows the ordination of men due to its unique character and mission within the church diocese collective for this society. We also understand the Communion makes no distinction as to race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, social status, profession, marital status, political belief, and culture of its members, and thus an exception is made for this religious life society on bases of gender.  Holy Orders are established by Canon 7. V. There is a provision for women in this religious life society. 

 

ARTICLE TWO: AUTHORITY OF THE DIOCESAN CANONS AND HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

 

The Diocesan Canons and Historical Documents are binding on both the Celtic Society of St. James and the Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation, as prescribed in The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas Corporate Charter.

 

As to the ordering and structure of the societies, the Disciplines of each Society shall serve as the instruments of societal governance, so long as they are in accordance with The Diocesan Canons and Historical Documents, previously stated.

 

ARTICLE THREE:  SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

 

While there is no mandate that this sacrament is observed in either societal order, this article sets forth the requirements should a society so select to observe the sacrament heretofore mentioned.

 

Marriage is a sacred union of two consenting adults to live as one in union with the blessings of Almighty God. This union should not be entered into unadvisedly, but discretely and with respect for the institution as established in Holy Scripture. Two consenting adults are to present themselves to a priest as defined by Diocesan Canon 7-B of this church diocese. Upon examination of their intent, the holy office shall be notified that the priest has approved the couple for the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Marriage giving their names, ages, and the date and place for their union. After this notification is made, the priest may proceed with the marriage providing all required civil jurisdictional requirements have been met. The officiating priest is required to ensure that the state's marriage licenses and documents are filed with the proper civil jurisdiction in order to comply with state laws governing marriage.

 

It is understood that the church functions as an agent of the state in matters of marriage. Therefore, any priest, who for conscience sake, does not feel inclined to actually act as the agent for the state, may refer the couple to civil authorities for the taking of the marriage vows.  Thereafter, the priest may offer the couple the opportunity to have their civil marriage blessed with the Form of Prayer and Dedication after a Civil Marriage.

Common Discipline, Canon 4:C

The Celtic Society of St. James

and

The Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation

of

The Anam Cara Episcopate (Diocese) of St. James and St. Mary

The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas 

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DIOCESE FOR JURISDICTION

 

There shall be one (1) Episcopate (Diocese)  comprised of both the Celtic Society of St. James and the Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation, without geographical boundaries, so too state that "the world is my parish", and Jesus Christ's commission to us, is to go into the world and proclaim God's Gospel, baptizing and teaching whatsoever He has taught us contained in the Holy Scriptures and by the witness of God's Holy Spirit.

 

This Episcopate (Diocese) shall be called The Anam Cara Episcopate (Diocese) of St. James and St. Mary and shall have jurisdiction over the whole collective church diocese. Canon 4:C has defined the ecclesiastical governance for both this diocese, as well as the whole collective church.

Common Discipline, Canon 4:C

Amended to Add: January 10, 2020

The Celtic Society of St. James

and

The Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation

of

The Anam Cara Episcopate (Diocese) of St. James and St. Mary

The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas 

 

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PAROCHIAL VICARIATE  (VICAR)

 

There shall be established within this Diocese/Church a parochial vicariate for the purpose of establishing a ministerium as defined herein.

 

A ministerium is an association of clergy from these two societies brought together to accomplish the teaching mission of The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas within a specific geographic area, such as a small town or group of small towns or rural communities. This parochial vicariate shall be a teaching office and not engage in jurisdictional processes designated to the Diocesan Synod of Societies. Neither shall this parochial vicariate celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Orders in the making of deacons, the ordering of priests and missionary monks, or the consecration of bishops. The Diocesan Synod of Societies is the instrument of communion that holds us together in the bonds of Celtic Christian love, fellowship, tradition, and sacramental life. The parochial vicar shall engage fully in the sacramental life of the societies and the ministerium. The parochial vicar shall act as the shepherd of his ministerium with pastoral oversight to its physical and spiritual wellbeing, as instructed by Christ to feed my sheep and attend my flock. 

EPISCOPAL ADDRESS

Celtic Christianity is a simple faith of belief and devotion to Christ and the one, holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church built on the Rock of Faith proclaiming to Jesus of Nazareth; You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. In that tradition, our bishops are simply referred to and addressed as "brother bishop" and not your grace or your excellency, or any other title designating supremacy over others. Christ and Christ alone is the Head of His Church.  The Anam Cara Episcopate (Diocese) of St. James and St. Mary of The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas is a member of the Province of South Central United States of America of the Anglican Free Communion, founded in the United Kingdom.

January 27, 2020

Secretary of State

The State of Mississippi

 

BE IT KNOWN,

The Celtic Church in Mississippi, Inc.

hereby will be known as

The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas

in order to better reflect its mission outreach

in the Name of the Father,

and the Son,

and the Holy Spirit.

 

Given under my hand and signature and seal, this the 12th day of January in the year of our Lord Twenty-Twenty.

 

+++William (Liam) Flint+++ 

___________________________

The Rt. Rev. William A. Flint

Titular Bishop & Director

Common Discipline, Canon 4:C

Amended to Add: May 21, 2020

The Celtic Society of St. James

and

The Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation

of

The Anam Cara Episcopate (Diocese) of St. James and St. Mary

The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas

 

The jurisdictional and administrative structure of this Diocese shall consist of two monastic orders (societies) governed by their respective Monastic Bishops and collectively form the Diocesan Council of Bishops, which shall have episcopal oversight and jurisdiction over the whole Diocese.

 

The Diocesan (Titular) Bishop will serve as an episcopal advisor to the Diocesan Council of Bishops.  In addition, he will serve as Member of the Consistory of Bishops of the Anglican Free Communion. At his retirement or death, this position will not be filled, but left vacant, transferring any episcopal responsibilities or oversight to the Diocesan Council of Bishops.

 

Given this day and under my hand and seal;

 

William (Liam) Flint

Diocesan (Titular) Bishop

Common Discipline, Canon 4:C

Amended to Change and Add: May 23, 2020

The Celtic Society of St. James

and

The Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation

of

The Anam Cara Episcopate (Diocese) of St. James and St. Mary

The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas

 

The title "titular" is being replaced with the title "diocesan" in the Canons, Disciplines, and other instruments of communication within this Diocese, effective by this change. This is to better define the Office of the Diocesan Bishop and the responsibility of Jurisdiction and Oversight within the Diocese in relationship to the General Church and the Ordinary Council of Bishops.

 

Since the birth of The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas by the merging of two like-minded ecclesiastical bodies, the Ordinary was redefined to include the Presiding Bishop and the Council of Bishops within the General Church. This Discipline establishes that Ordinary within this Diocese.

 

All seeking Holy Orders to be deacons, priests, priestly monks, or bishops will be required to follow the processes set forth by the Ordinary of the General Church.

 

Within this Diocese, there is established a Diocesan Council of Bishops which shall be entrusted with the Jurisdiction and Oversight of the Diocese. Upon the vacancy of the current Diocesan Bishop either by retirement or death, the Diocesan Council of Bishops shall then be responsible for the Jurisdiction and Episcopal Oversight of the Diocese as a collective body.

 

The Ordinary of The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas is to be understood as a collective of bishops, abbots, and other ecclesiastical offices that exercise jurisdiction and Oversight within the General Church. The Ordinary is composed of equals among equals. The Presiding Bishop presides over the Ordinary Council of Bishops. There is no supremacy within the Episcopacy of this Church.

 

Given under my hand and seal this 23rd day of May in the year of our Lord twenty-twenty.

 

 

Bishop Liam Flint

Diocesan Bishop

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