Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Title III Canons 6 and 8: They've removed the heart...

In the midst of all the discussion over the new PB, here’s something else to ponder: the proposed revision of Title III Canons.
If passed in its current form, doctrine will no longer be an issue for standing committees to consider for acceptance or rejection of candidates for the deaconate and the priesthood.
Does this trouble anyone else?

Here’s the link.

And here is what it says.

Title III Canons 6 and 8 Of the Ordination of Deacons and Priests
· Significant editing has been done to bring more symmetry to the parallel processes for nomination, postulancy, candidacy, and ordination of Priests and Deacons.
· Clarifies: “Preparation” for ordination involves education, study and formation experiences. “Formation” is understood to engage the whole person including but not limited to intellectual study.
· Bishops and Standing Committees will establish criteria for background checks.
· Training is mandated regarding legal requirements for reporting and pastoral opportunities for responding to evidence of abuse.
· “Doctrinal” is removed from the criteria considered by the Standing Committees in making recommendations about ordination

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