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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ARTICLE TWO: AUTHORITY OF THE DIOCESAN CANONS AND HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

 

The Diocesan Canons and Historical Documents are binding on both the Celtic Society of St. James and the Society of Mary, Mother of Consolation, as prescribed in The Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas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shall serve as the instruments of societal governance, so long as they are in accordance with The Diocesan Canons and Historical Documents, previously stated.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