THE DISCIPLINES 

All references referring to The Celtic Catholic Church do so as the Ecclesia of Jurisdiction and are to be understood as the Governing Canons, Disciplines, and Principles of Faith for the Synodical Ordinariate of St. John. 

Common Discipline, Canon 8

The Celtic Catholic Church

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 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 ordinariate 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 the 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ARTICLE TWO: AUTHORITY OF THE CANONS AND HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

 

The Canons and Historical Documents are binding on both the Celtic Society of St. James and the Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation, as prescribed in The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas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. (The Canons, Disciplines, and Principles of The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas are in effect as the same as The Synodical Ordinariate of St. John.)

 

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Society shall serve as the instruments of societal governance, so long as they are in accordance with The Canons and Historical Documents, previously stated, as The Canons, Disciplines, and Principles of The Synodical Ordinariate of St. John

 

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 (Anglo) Catholic Church 

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ORDINARIATE FOR JURISDICTION

 

There shall be one (1) Synodical Ordinariate 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 Synodical Ordinariate shall be called The Synodical Ordinariate of St. John and shall have jurisdiction within the whole collective church. Canon 4:C has defined the ecclesiastical governance for both these societies, as well as the whole collective church.

Common Discipline, Canon 4:C

Amended to Add: November 15, 2020

The Celtic Catholic Church

 

I.  THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR OF THE ORDINARY OF ST. JOHN

 

There shall be established within The Synodical Ordinariate of St. John, a Chancellery for the purpose of establishing a spiritual and educational office for the direction of vocations and continued growth in the life of the whole Ordinariate as defined herein.

 

A chancellery is responsible for serving as an "Anam Cara" for those in Holy Orders from these two societies brought together to accomplish the teaching mission of The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas/USA. This chancellor shall be a teaching office and not engage in jurisdictional processes designated to the Synod of Societies unless requested to do so by the Synod Bishop. 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 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 chancellor shall engage fully in the sacramental life of the societies and the synod. The chancellor shall act as the shepherd of those in the process of fulfilling the requirements for Holy Orders at every level of the Synodical Ordinariate with pastoral oversight to its educational and spiritual wellbeing, as instructed by Christ to feed my sheep and attend my flock. 

II.  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 Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas is a member of the Province of South Central United States of America of the Episcopal (Anglican) Free Communion, chartered 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

Bishop & Director

Common Discipline, Canon 4:C

Amended to Add: May 21, 2020

The Celtic (Anglo) Catholic Church of the Americas

 

The jurisdictional and administrative structure of this Synodical Ordinariate shall consist of two monastic orders (societies) governed by their respective Monastic Bishops and collectively form the Synod Council of Bishops, which shall have episcopal oversight and jurisdiction within the whole Church Collective.

 

The Synod Bishop will serve as an episcopal presider of the Synod Council of Bishops.  In addition, he will serve as a Member of the Consistory of Bishops of the Episcopal (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 Synod Council of Bishops. The Synod Bishops will elect from their number a new Synod Bishop to preside over the Synod within the Collective Church in keeping with The Canons, Disciplines, and Principles of The Synodical Ordinariate of St. John.

 

Given this day and under my hand and seal;

 

William (Liam) Flint

Synod 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 (Anglo) 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.

 

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 Collective 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 Collective Church. The Ordinary is composed of equals among equals. The Diocesan 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

Common Discipline: Incardination

September 29, 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 (Anglo) Catholic Church of the Americas

 

The Incardination Policy of this Diocese shall be as follows, with no exceptions.

 

Deacons shall not be Incardinated into this Diocese. Any candidate seeking a Deaconate shall apply under the Ordinary and Society based on their process.

 

Priests shall be considered for Incardination based on the following criteria:

 

            1. They shall have a valid line of Apostolic Succession recognized by this Diocese.

            2. A written recommendation from their bishop stating they are in good standing with a verification of the Apostolic Line included.

            3. They shall meet all other qualifications as required by the Diocese and follow the standard processes as defined in the Canons and Disciplines of the Diocese.

 

Bishops shall not be Incardinated into this Diocese. Any candidate seeking Episcopal Orders shall be elected from within the Ordinary and Society based on the process set forth for election to the Episcopacy within this Diocese. The Diocese maintains its Apostolic Lines without breaking the Succession.

 

 

 

Given under my hand and seal this 29th day of September in the year of our Lord twenty-twenty.

 

 

Bishop Liam Flint

Diocesan Bishop

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