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Canon Two — Accountability
- Background Checks
a. It is imperative to the work of God that all persons in active ministry are of the highest moral character. All individuals seeking ordination to holy orders, consecration to Episcopal office, or incardination into the CCIA must submit to a criminal background check.
b. Any Individual for which after due diligence and investigation, have been ordained or incardinated, and it is discovered that the facts as submitted were anything less than truthful will be subject to the invalidation of any orders or faculties obtained by false pretense.
c. Subsequent to ordination, persons who have been found to be in violation of criminal or canon law while serving in ministry may be disqualified or removed from serving in ministerial capacity at the discretion of the Presiding Archbishop or bishop immediate to the situation. Persons convicted of crimes involving sexual misconduct, while welcoming to and encouraged towards sacramental reconciliation are precluded from operating in ministerial roles that may require one-on-one, private interaction.
- Mandatory Reporters
a. All clergy and lay ministers are to be considered “Mandatory Reporters” when it comes to the subjects of sexual impropriety, or crimes involving minors. This requirement even extends to the area of confession. Pastoral care needs to be taken to relate to our faithful that though God is in the business of forgiveness and reconciliation, there may be a secular price to pay for our indiscretions and personal acts which violate the safety of or unlawfully harm our children.
b. Each jurisdiction is required to create a reporting plan of action, coordinated with their local municipality or county authorities.
- Correction and Grievance
a. In cases involving circumstances where “mandatory reporting” is indicated, the issue or incident must be reported to the proper civil authorities, which may vary from community to community.
b. The authoritative council or body immediate to the situation, and in consultation with the Bishop immediate to the situation shall administer the correction of communicants, Deacons, Priests, and Bishops.
c. The authoritative council immediate to the situation shall also hear grievances to the situation, with consultation with the Bishop immediate to the situation.
d. All corrections and grievances may be appealed to the next higher level of authority, and may, at that authority’s discretion, be entertained or dismissed.