The Celtic Christian Communion

The Ecumenical Order of St. Columba

 

 

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  ECCLESIASTICAL CHARTER

FOR

 

The Celtic Christian Communion

The Ecumenical Order of Saint Columba

 

To all the faithful in Christ, Health, Peace, Joy, and Apostolic Benediction

In the Name of the + Father, and of the + Son, and of the + Holy Spirit Amen.

 

                                                       SACRAMENTAL, ACCEPTING  & ECUMENICAL

 

Article 1.  The Celtic Christian Communion and The Ecumenical Order of Columba was founded as a wholly Christian Communion and Order for the protection, service and ministry to all the people of God, no matter what race, class, cultural, color, creed, or  abilities; For it is essential to act always, and in every manner appropriate, to ensure the stability and faithful service of the consecrated shepherds, pastors, and other ministers the universal Church of God in Christ. It is the responsibility of each chief shepherd thereof, that is, of each Bishop in the universal Church of God in Christ, to act in accordance with the ancient and apostolic Christian Faith so as to meet this ever-present need.

Article 2. Now, therefore, in execution of this sacred responsibility, I, Bishop Thomas E. Mills, believing ourself to be called of Christ and moved of the Holy Spirit in behalf of the universal Church and Her children in North America and elsewhere, and being fully authorized through our Episcopal consecrations and the powers there unto appertaining, by these present charter The Celtic Christian Communion and The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba with the provisions that such established communion shall be and forever remain in all respects truly Christian and truly universal in the sense of the apostolic tradition of the historical Church of God in Christ and shall be in full communion with all of God’s Creation maintaining and observing a true inclusive, ecumenical Christian Order and Sacramental Communion. The said re-established Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba may include aspirants to the independent sacramental priesthood and ordained clergy: Deacons, Priests, and Bishops. All clergy of The Celtic Christian Communion should be members of The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba. The Rule of Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba, That is a "Rule for beginners" which requires no extraordinary ascetical austerities and which is characterized by moderation, discretion, commonsense, and holy obedience. That Rule is entirely consistent with the purposes, goals, and objectives of the Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba;  which Order  shall base its spirituality and its approach to religious and ecclesiastical discipline on the model of that Rule, but which shall not be bound by its monastic legislation. That is to say, the Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba “in so far as its spirituality and approach to religious and ecclesiastical discipline is modeled upon the Rule of Columba; the Order is not strictly a monastic order.

Article 3. Purposes, Goals and Objectives: The purposes of The Celtic Christian Communion and The Ecumenical Order of St. Columba are to proclaim the Good News of our Lord in accordance with His command: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." [Matthew 28:19-20]; and to promote the universal religious faith in the fullness of Christian traditions as found in the early Celtic Church. To mutually assist believers united in the Faith, by means of prayers, worship, teaching, and religious discipline, in attaining salvation through participation in the sacraments, worthy life, and charity; and to undertake charitable works for the good and welfare of the community. To establish, an independent, inclusive, ecumenical, self-governing, ecclesiastical body in which each Episcopal Ordinary jurisdiction is coequal with all others. To provide for the extension and missionary activity of a true interfaith communion; to provide for the instruction and training of the spirit. The goals and objectives of The Celtic Christian Communion and The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba are to present the interfaith communion to any and all people in all its purity and fullness, in all the power of the Divine Spirit; and to provide all people of God with the sacraments and divine services, with pastoral care and spiritual guidance, and with a truly Universal Christian preaching and teaching of the Holy Gospel.

Article 4. In this Communion, members shall be bound by only this one rule of prayer: "Pray thrice daily." Breviaries, rites for Morning, Day, and Evening Prayer, etc., may be used but shall not be binding on any member. The monastic hours are not binding on the members. Insofar as religious habits, ecclesiastical vesture, and special liturgical vestments are later developments in the Church of God, but not known in the earlier more pristine Christian tradition, they are optional, at the discretion of each local Bishop; there shall be no rule of general applicability regulating habit, ecclesiastical vesture, and/or liturgical vestments in this communion. Each rank of the clergy shall be sufficient without honorary higher grades. There shall be, as in the pristine Christian tradition of deacons, minister/presbyter, and bishops, but there shall not be any archdeacons, archpriests, archbishops, metropolitans, etc.; furthermore, there shall be, besides the formal sacerdotal rank of the clergyman, only one informal honorific address, to wit, bishop, Father /Mother and deacon ", for all three ranks, but no such forms as Eminence, Excellency, Your Grace, Most Reverend, etc., lest some poor misguided soul be led to covet such grades, titles, and honors. No one in this communion should turn this rule into an offense by uncharitably refusing to use the honorific forms of address duly given to hierarchs of other jurisdictions, for in that direction one finds pride and intolerance. The humility of the clergy of this communion must not be perverted into any sort of sanctimonious condescension. There is no excuse for sinning against charity.

Article 5. This Communion shall follow a modern interfaith Christian Liturgy. Each local Bishop shall establish the ritual usages in his or her ordinary jurisdiction within this rule. The liturgical use of Gaelic is permitted, even encouraged, but is not required. English is the official administrative language of this communion. Liturgical use of vernacular languages appropriate to the congregations of the faithful is fully authorized hereby.

Article 6. The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba may include lay monks, nuns, brothers, or sisters. Monastic clergy may be members of the Order. This rule, we emphasize, does not prohibit any member Bishop of the Order from establishing lay monastic and/or religious orders within their own ordinary jurisdiction. For lay members, we allow that Oblates who associate themselves with the Order and its works may be accepted into associate membership. Also, clergy of other jurisdictions of the universal church; who do not join the Celtic Christian Communion may join The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba as full members.

 

Article 7. The requirement for initial reception into The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba is a vow of stability in the Order within the Celtic Christian Communion for one year. Full membership in the Order shall require a perpetual vow. The perpetual vow of stability is a vow of agreement under this Charter and life-long perseverance in theCeltic Christian Communion. Men and women who are already perpetually vowed clergy may be received into the Communion and the Order by a renewal of their existing perpetual vows of stability. This is a lifetime commitment, not to be lightly entered into and not to be broken once made. Clergy are not required to take vows of chastity and holy poverty. No man should hold any expectation of being dispensed from his vow at any time in future.

Article 8. The Vows of The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba shall be these.

1. The Temporary Vow. ""Most loving, eternal God, Father Almighty, Thou Who art deserving of all my love, I, ______________________________ on this ______________ join myself, even though __________ Unworthy, to The Ecumenical Order of St. Morgan & Saint Columba and, inflamed with the desire of consecrating myself entirely to Thy holy love, in accordance with the Rule of the Ecumenical Order of Saint Columba, bind myself for period of _______ years to serve Thee with all my strength, by imitating the holy life of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Thy Son and our Savior, Which is the only way of pleasing Thee, and to labor for the salvation of souls.  Now, therefore, in the presence of Thy Divine Majesty; and of the whole court of Heaven; prostrate on my

knees, I vow, by this Holy Gospel, stability for a period of ______ years in the Ecumenical Order of St. Morgan & St Columba.

 

2. The Perpetual Vow.  "Most loving, eternal God, Father Almighty, Thou Who art deserving of all my love, I, _______________________ on this ______________ join myself, even though ________unworthy, to The Ecumenical Order of  Saint Columba and, inflamed with the desire of consecrating myself entirely to Thy holy love, in accordance with the Rule of the Ecumenical Order of St. Columba bind myself to serve Thee all the days of my life with all my strength, by imitating the holy life of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Thy Son and our Savior, which is the only way of pleasing Thee, and to labor for the salvation of souls. Now, therefore, in the presence of Thy Divine Majesty; and of the whole court of Heaven; prostrate on my knees, I vow, by this Holy Gospel, holy obedience and stability, persevering until death in the Ecumenical Order of St. Morgan & St. Columba

3. The Renewal of the Perpetual Vow. ""Most loving, eternal God, Father Almighty, Thou Who art deserving of all my love, I, ______________________________ on this ______________ once again join myself, even ________though unworthy, to The Ecumenical Order of Saint Columba and, inflamed with the desire of consecrating myself entirely to Thy holy love, in accordance with the Rule of the Ecumenical Order of Saint Columba, bind myself to serve Thee all the days of my life with all my strength, by imitating the holy life of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Thy Son and our Savior, which is the only way of pleasing Thee, and to labor for the salvation of souls. Now, Therefore, in the presence of Thy Divine Majesty; and of the whole court of Heaven; prostrate on my knees, I vow anew, by this Holy Gospel, holy obedience and stability, persevering until death in the Ecumenical Order of Saint Columba"

 

4. In all cases, the candidate signs and dates his vow; kneels, places their right hand on the Bible or religious book, and makes the vow. A witness signs the vow form immediately after the candidate makes their vow.

 

Article 9. The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba is a religious order (that is, a sodality); it is not, in itself, a particular ecclesiastical jurisdiction or denomination. In accordance with apostolic tradition, each Bishop member of this communion has his own ordinary jurisdiction of the  Celtic Christian Communion which is a "particular Church" wherein the Sacraments are celebrated, the Word of God is preached, and the people of God receive pastoral care. The Celtic Christian Communion does not claim ecclesiastical affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, or The Anglican Communion. The Celtic Christian Communion is now and shall remain truly inclusive and ecumenical; that is, the Celtic Christian Communion considers all Christians to be within the universal church and treats all people, as brothers and sisters in God. This does not mean that we do not see any difference amongst the various denominations, sects and confessions; rather, we see the members of those various bodies as varying in the extent of their receipt of the fullness of Christian Faith and Discipline. We reject the idea that any person who honestly believes the Good News of Jesus Christ and confesses Christ as our universal Lord and Savior can or should be excluded from communion services. With respect to ecclesiastical discipline, the most ancient disciplinary norms and procedures shall be followed to the extent possible, remembering the ancient principle: "In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity." Unity in the Faith is essential; in matters of discipline, the Church's catholicity is proven by local variety.

Article 10. As to certain controversies which have disturbed Church from time to time, the rules of the Communion

 

§1. The ecclesiastical calendar of the west shall normally be followed.

§2.  In the matter of Holy Eucharist, is wine or grape juice may be used mingled in the chalice with water.  Bread, with or without leaven may be used.

§3. Baptism may be by done by total immersion, pouring or sprinkling of water, in accordance with triune formula

§4. Marriage is itself a sacred vocation and it is no impediment to Holy Orders at any rank or at any time.

§5. Abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia all are homicide and cannot be treated as less.

§6. Non-abortifacient birth control is within the conscience, discretion, and competence of the prospective parents.

§7. Men and women may be ordained to Holy Orders and celibacy of those in Holy Orders is a personal decision.

§8. The Sacrament of Marriage is open to couples of legal age of marriage according to where each couple lives or reside.

§9.  We may also honor the Jewish Sabbath as found in early Christian traditions besides the normal weekly services.

§10. We believe in the purity of sexuality within a marriage relationship, thus we do not ordain those in promiscuous relationships.

§11. We also believe we should have fun and joy in our worship.  

 

Article 11. Faith and Doctrine:

I. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION declares its belief in the ancient Symbol of Faith known as the Nicene Creed:

 

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,  God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

 

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.     

   

We believe in one holy {universal / catholic} and apostolic Christian Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,  and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

This communion also accepts the other ancient statements of faith known as the Apostles' as equally valid and useful.

 

We believe in God, the Father almighty maker of heaven and earth.

 

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only {begotten} Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended {to the dead / into hell}. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy {universal/catholic} Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

II. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION declares its belief in the Revelation of God and God's Son, Jesus Christ, found in the Canonical Scriptures (i.e. the Bible). This Revelation is inerrant in matters of faith. And they contain a revelation of the character of God, and of the duty, interest, and final destination of humankind. We believe there is one God, whose nature is Love, revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of Grace, who will finally restore the whole family of humankind to holiness and happiness. For we believe that holiness and true happiness are inseparably connected, and that believers ought to be careful to maintain order and practice good works; for these things are good and profitable unto men.

 

III. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION declares its belief in the Seven Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick as signs of the Lord Jesus' continuing Presence and action in His Church and channels of Actual and Sanctifying Grace.

 

IV. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION declares its belief in the actual, real, and true Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ; body, blood, soul, and Divinity; in each and every portion of the Eucharistic Elements of bread and wine; from the moment of their consecration in the Liturgy until the moment of their dissolution. CCC does not identify the process by which this miracle transpires as the Lord Jesus has not seen fit to reveal a mechanism. CC simply accepts that it is true, on His Word.

 

V. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION declares its belief in the normative decrees of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church: the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, Constantinople in 381 AD, Ephesus in 431 AD, Chalcedon 451 AD, Constantinople II in 533 AD, Constantinople III in 680 AD, and ending with Nicea II in 787 AD.

 

VI. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION declares its belief in the Sacred Traditions of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

 

VII. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION, in accord with Sacred Tradition, declares its belief that the bishops of the Church are each Successors to the Apostles and hold the teaching authority granted to the Apostles by Jesus Christ. This authority is not vested in any single bishop regardless of office or position but is equally and jointly held by all bishops.

 

VIII. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION declares its belief that Matters of the Faith may be defined for the Church only in the presence of a moral consensus of all bishops and that, to be considered normative for the Church, a teaching proposed by the bishops in a matter of the Faith must also be Received by a moral consensus of the People of God (sensum fidei)

 

IX. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION declares its belief that Apostolic Succession, vested in the bishops, and passed on by them in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is necessary for the licit and efficacious celebration of the Sacrament and that all levels of this communion is open to all men, and women.

 

X. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION believes and declared that it is called by Jesus Christ to preach the Good News of His life, death, and resurrection to all of his creation; and to extend His Sacraments to all who appropriately and reverently seek them out in each of our ministries.

 

XI. THE CELTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNION believes and declares that humanity, through its progression in life over the centuries, may look to the past for guidance but ultimately lives by values, morals and conscience inspired by the ever-living Spirit in short, that we hold to ecumenical faith and discipline within this communion and order.

 

 Within this communion we express our spiritual Experience and; sharing in community have led many opened minded Christians to believe that:


• God is the ground for all being, God is in all things and; all things are in God; but all things are not God.
• God manifests in the universe as a Trinity: the Father, the source of all; Christ the Son, the Word 'made flesh'; the Holy Spirit, the life giver, inspirer and; sanctifier.
• The human spirit, made in the image of God and divine in essence.
• All people will ultimately become one with Christ in God.
• The scriptures are open to various levels of interpretation and; that the individual must discover the truths hidden in them for themselves.
• God is both the Father and Creator. The nature of God brings forth and; nourishes all life  The divine feminine is manifested on earth in the sanctity of life and; the mystery of birth. It calls forth our deepest respect for creation and; in many of us a concern for the animal world and; the environment.
 

Social Issues Statements:

 

1. The Celtic Christian Communion believes and holds to that our faith tradition on the subject of immigration and is committed to the freedom and spiritual prosperity of all people. We believe that walls promote greed and ignorance, inhibiting refugees from fleeing oppression and crippling the intellectual and religious prosperity of future generations but this does not mean that we condone or excuse illegal behavior.

 

2. The Celtic Christian Communion believes and holds to concept to be inclusive of all people.

 

3. The Celtic Christian Communion believes and holds the ideal of equality between a man and a woman in a marriage. In those areas that permit same sex unions as a marriage we believe this to be a civil union and may be celebrated at the discretion of the local Priest or Bishop according to their own beliefs and understanding.

4. As Christians, we believe we are responsible for improving the human condition. Nuclear arms and war are a direct threat to all humans and living beings. For we believe the usage or threat of nuclear action is unjust and a grave threat to the human condition, drastically worsening the quality of future generations affected by nuclear warfare and nuclear disasters.  as well this communion believes that peace is obtained through democracy, a dialogue between those in conflict, resistance against oppression and warfare, and communal collaboration for the well-being of societies.

 

5. This Communion defines our religious education by our openness to influences and careful examination of our own practices and teachings. As much of our religious education is dependent on our work in the community and facilitated conversations that explore God’s presence in our lives. For Our religious education programs aid in moral and character formation. In the classroom, we promote healthy human education programs that are age-appropriate and truthful so that our children grow-up safe and informed, celebrating their sexuality rather than fearing it and becoming vulnerable to abuse.

 

6. Our faith tradition teaches that God is present in mathematical equations, theories, and the unknown. This belief in scientific findings and questions enrich our understanding of God and the human experience. As an intellectual Christian community, we believe science deepens our sense of mystery and provides an intelligent way to discuss life’s purpose and God’s presence in our lives. Our Communion believes the evolution of humankind clearly demonstrates the interconnectedness of all beings, God’s on-going presence and long-term plan for the universe, and our call to care for the planet as we were instructed to do in Genesis.

 

7. The universal or catholic Christian tradition is one of faith and faith backed and demonstrated by works. We believe our Christian faith requires us to do good in our local and global communities and bring about personal and communal peace in the world.  As Celtic Christians, we are called to live our faith by being well-informed religious persons, compassionate agents of change, sanctuary builders for the oppressed, and believers in the Kingdom of God. We live a socially engaged life by creating a sustainable world that strives towards freedom from racism, discrimination, hate, oppression, and ignorance.  As a socially engaged church, we live the Christian life by celebrating God’s gifts while consistently changing injustice. We are called to free the enslaved, speak for those who have been silenced, sit with the grieving and dying, rejoice in freedom, strive tirelessly to end oppression in all its forms, and to deny hatred the opportunity to triumph over love. We keep our covenant with Christ by being unyielding to the presence of injustice, as Christ was unyielding to the powers of the Roman Empire.

 

Article 12. Governance: This communion and the Order are genuinely fraternal with respect to the relationship of the bishops’ one to another. No bishop is superior to any others. Every bishop is the ordinary of their local particular area and has no one in authority over the others, In any matter requiring a decision amongst the bishops, they should always attempt to reach consensus in true charity. This charter cannot be amended except by two thirds consent of all bishops in the communion. It shall stand as the organizing constitution of the Celtic Christian Communion and the Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba.

Article 13. Dual Affiliations:  We within the Celtic Christian Communion allows clergy or ministers who share in our vision and principles to be consider dually affiliated clergy with us and remain with the jurisdiction or denomination they come from. Thus such clergy shall have a full ecclesiastical standing within the Celtic Christian Communion as well as affiliation with another Christian denomination. They must be licensed in accordance with the licensing and given faculties within this communion with the regulations of regular clergy of this communion.

a. Presbyters or deacons or deacons (or equivalent, regardless of title) from another jurisdiction or denomination may serve as priests or deacons of this communion at the discretion of the closet bishop to them while still maintaining active or inactive clergy status in their original jurisdiction or denomination. This relationship must be public information and may be included in church publicity. Clergypersons with dual affiliation are responsible to themselves for obtaining any necessary permission from their original jurisdiction or denomination.

b.   b. Dually affiliated clergy must be in compliance to this communion positions and principles both theological and socially.  Once so received, dually affiliated clergy have the same rights and responsibilities as singly-affiliated clergy of the denomination.

c.   c. Clergy of this communion who wish to obtain dual affiliation within another denomination may do so with permission of their local bishop.

d.   d. The local bishop shall only approve the proposed new dual affiliation if the other jurisdiction denomination meets the same standards as those required of clergy from other denominations seeking affiliation with the communion

      e. Dually affiliated clergy who lose their status within their other denomination maintain their clergy status within this communion and become singly affiliated.

ap  f.  If there is a bishop who has been consecrated in valid apostolic succession, who wish to be dually affiliated with this communion, the same standards apply as above but with the total approval of 2/3 of the bishops of this communion.

     Article 14. Civil Incorporation: The Celtic Christian Communion and The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba may be locally incorporated as a non-profit religious corporation, thereby acquiring civil legal reality and existence. Parishes, missions, and other ministries of this communion may be separately incorporated. The officers of any such corporation shall be, by virtue thereof, the Officers of this communion and/or order and/or parish, etc., as applicable, in the locality in which the corporation is established; they shall conduct this communion's and/or the order and/or the parish's, etc., business in compliance with this Charter and the relevant corporation By-Laws. Since it is our express intention and ecclesiastical order that each local ordinary jurisdiction within this Communion regardless of whether or not it has an incumbent Bishop and/or Priest-Administrator, shall be a separate legal entity, one from another, for all purposes of civil, secular law, now therefore, the entire Communion and/or the entire Order  may not, and therefore cannot, be civilly incorporated, nor may two or more ordinary jurisdictions within this communion join together in any corporation.

Article 15. Civil Law: All members, in their civil business, corporations, etc., must comply with federal, State, and local secular civil and criminal laws and regulations, and must undertake everything honestly and ethically, holding this communion and the order and all the other members thereof harmless and free of liability. Hereby, every member is strongly exhorted to honest, decent, moral, behavior, in accord with Christian teachings and beliefs, and to comply with federal, State, and local secular civil and criminal laws and regulations as a law-abiding citizen; anyone who fails to do so is solely and personally liable for his or her actions or omissions. All members of this communion and the order are expected and required hereby to always act legally and with financial responsibility, both in their private lives and their ministries. This communion and the order disclaim all responsibility and liability of any kind whatsoever for any and every kind of debt contracted by any member of this communion and/or the order which is incurred without proper and explicit prior written authorization and/or in violation of this communion and/or the order’s rules. Priests must particularly take care to keep accurate records of the sacraments officiated and to comply with laws and regulations with regard to baptisms, marriages, divorces, burials, and other rites, including those dealing with filing of records or with religious organizations, non-profit organizations, fund-raising, and must acquaint themselves with the laws and regulations in their localities. Members of the this communion and order may be prepared by religious training, and may be authorized by their bishops, by their receipt of explicit faculties, to provide spiritual guidance. This communion and the order do not train anyone for, and do not authorize or permit anyone to engage in, any kind of professional counseling. All members of this communion and the order are forbidden to perform any kind of professional counseling on the basis of membership, position, or rank in this communion and/or the order, and are forbidden to represent themselves as any kind of professional counselor on the basis of membership, position, or rank in this communion and/or the order

Article 16: Safe Church Policy

a. Child Protection

 

i.                    Purpose

 

•           The purpose of this policy is to protect children who may come into contact with clergy of the Celtic Christian Communion. in the context of ministry, and to ensure that clergy can work within a supportive framework that sets out clear guidelines for their actions.

 

ii. . Criminal Record checks

 

•           Every member of clergy of the Celtic Christian Communion shall be required at the time of application for ordination or incardination to produce a recent background checks to maintain honest and upfront clergy within this jurisdiction.

 

•           No person who has been placed on the offenders registry in any civil jurisdiction shall be admitted to any form of ministry involving anyone under the age of 18 years old . This is for the purpose of protecting the children, as well as the clergy. No Bishop can grant special waiver of this criteria.

 

iii.        Ministry

•           In ministering to children and young people below the age of eighteen, all members of clergy of the Celtic Christian Communion shall ensure that they are accompanied by a second responsible adult at all times. If the second responsible adult is not present, ministry may not take place.

 

•           In the event that a member of clergy of the Celtic Christian Communion participates in the running of any youth organization such as a club or Bible study group, they shall ensure that a register of attendance is kept of each meeting. If the group consists of members of both sexes, the second responsible adult present shall be of the opposite sex to the clergyperson.

 

iv.        Avoidance of false allegations

•           Clergy shall conduct themselves in such a way as not to facilitate the making of false allegations by young people. In particular, in the event that they are placed in a situation where they feel that their integrity is at risk, they shall have the full support of the College of Bishops in immediately removing themselves from that situation or activity. Clergy must not give lifts to children and young people under the age of 18 without a second responsible adult being present.

 

V    Child protection policies of other organizations

 

•       Clergy will observe the child protection policies of other organizations as well as our Charter for the Celtic Christian Communion. when involved in activities within those organizations.

 

vi.     Designated child protection officer

 

•       The designated child protection officer for the Celtic Christian Communion should be the local Bishop, when needed, to whom all enquiries concerning this policy should be addressed. Who then inform the rest of the College of Bishop starting with the local bishop ordinary.

 

D.   Other Policies

 

1.   Code of Conduct and Ethics

 

2.   Qualification of Ordination

 

Article 17: Ecclesiastical Courts:  Moral turpitude is an absolute cause for expulsion from any and every clerical and/or religious office and position within this Church. A cleric, religious or lay person who commits any sexual offense or any other crime punishable by law shall be expelled from his or her clerical and/or religious office (s), position (s), and duties immediately after such accusations are investigated separately by any appointed person that the church asks to determine if such accusation (s) is/are true after reviewing all the evidence both physical and circumstantial, thus according to more ancient tradition hearsay (meaning he said/she said) is not allowed under the Ecclesiastical Court. However, simply accepting what a local or state court system has determined is not sufficient for this process as there are many reasons and examples of misuse/misrepresentation of evidence by local authorities.

A. The court preceding will be as such: one Bishop, one Priest/Presbyter and one layman who will look at all the evidence. After the investigation is complete the church will make its final decision usually through the Bishop that was part of the investigation through the Council of Bishops. If the evidence shows just cause for the accusation (s), the church then will not impede nor inhibit secular prosecution of criminal behavior thus all the evidence and findings shall be handed over to the government for just prosecution of such crimes.

 

B. the Church will deal mercifully with sinners with respect to spiritual counsel and the Holy Sacraments; the Church may provide sanctuary from persecution and oppression, but are not and shall not be a sanctuary from just  prosecution by law enforcement authorities.

 

Article 18 The Celtic Christian Communion and the Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba shall exist in perpetuity. The Celtic Christian Communion and The Ecumenical Order of  St. Columba shall exist in any place and in any nation where there is even one perpetually vowed member.

Now therefore 

 

I, Bishop Thomas E. Mills, exercising my apostolic office as Bishop in Concord, Virginia,
 

Being empowered by the grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ,
transmitted to our humilities from the Holy Apostles;
hereby issue this Ecclesiastical Charter of

The  Celtic Christian Communion

And

The Ecumenical Order of  St. Morgan & St. Columba

 In Testimony Whereof, I Affix my Signatuire Below on
The Sixteenth of August Two Thousand and Fifteen,
in the Year of Our Lord,

Signed:

 

 Bishop Thomas E. Mills

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