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ehurch, as canonically in charge of the same, until he have resided one year in the United States, subsequent to the acceptance of his letter of dismission.
Sect. 2. And if such foreign clergyman be a deacon, he shall reside in this country at least three years, and obtain, in this country, the requisite testimonials of character, before he be ordained a priest.
Sect. 3. The 23d canon of 1832 is hereby repealed..
CANON VII. Of Ministers Removing from one Diocese to
another. (Former Canons on this subject were the third of 1804, tho thirty-first of 1808,
the fourth of 1829, the thirty-fifth of 1832, and the fourth of 1835.] SECT. 1. No minister removing from one diocese to another, or coming from any State or Territory which may not have acceded to the constitution of this church, shall be received as a stated officiating minister by any parish of this church, until he shall have presented to the vestry thereof a certificate from the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese to which said parish belongs, approving him as a clergyman in regular standing. And in order to obtain such certificate, every minister desiring to change his canonical residence shall lay before the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese in which he designs to reside, a testimonial from the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese in which he has last resided, in the following form, viz. :
“I hereby certify, that A. B., who has signified to me his desire to be transferred to the diocese of , is a presbyter (or deacon) of this diocese, in regular standing, and has not, so far as I know or believe, been justly liable to evil report for error in religion, or viciousness of life, during the three years last
* When the ecclesiastical authority think proper, further statements may be added to the above letter.
SECT. 2. But in case the minister desiring to be transferred has been subjected to inquiry or presentment on any charge or charges of misconduct, thereby rendering the terms of the aforesaid testimonial inadmissible, he may, nevertheless, be transferred, if the charges have been withdrawn with the approbation of the ecclesiastical authority, or if he have been acquitted upon trial, or if he have been censured or suspended, and the sentence has had its course, so that he has been restored to ihe regular discharge of his official duties. And in all such cases, the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese concerned, shall, instead of the foregoing testimonial, certify to a statement of the facts, with as much detail as may be necessary to inform the ecclesiastical atte thority to which he desires to be transferred of the true standing of the party.
SECT. 3. No clergyman, canonically under the jurisdiction of any diocese of this church, shall be considered as having passed from under said jurisdiction, to that of any foreign bishop, or in any way ceased to be amenable to the laws of this church, until he shall have taken from the bishop with whose diocese he was last connected in this church, or from the standing committee of such diocese, if it have no bishop, the letter provided for in the 1st section of this canon, and until the same shall have been accepted by some other bishop, either of this or some other church.
SECT. 4. The ecclesiastical authority, in all cases under this canon, is to be understood to refer to the bishop of the diocese; or, in case there be no bishop, to the majority of the clerical mema bers of the standing committee, duly convened. And if the clergyman desiring to be received come from a State or Territory not in connection with this church, and having no convention, then the above testimonial or statement shall be signed by at least three presbyters of this church. Nor shall any minister, só removing, be acknowledged by any bishop or convention as a minister of the church to which he removes, until he shall have produced the aforesaid testimonial or statement.
SECT. 5. The above testimonial, or letter of dismission, shall not affect the canonical residence of the minister receiving it, until he shall be received into some other diocese by the bishop or ecclesiastical authority thereof.
Secr. 6. Whenever any bishop of this church, or, where there is no bishop, the clerical members of the standing committee, shall give letters of dismission to any clergyman of the dio cese proposing to remove into another; the bishop, or, where there is no bishop, the clerical members of the standing commit: tee shall give notice of the same to the bishop or ecclesiastical authority to whom the letters of dismission are directed; and if the clergyman to whom the letters of dismission are given shall not present them to the bishop or ecclesiastical authority to whom they are directed, within three months after he shall have taken up his abode in the diocese to which he has removed, the letters of dismission shall be null and void.
Secr. 7. The 4th canon of 1835 is hereby repealed.
CANON VIII. Of the Mode of securing an Accurate View
of the State of the Church from time to time. (Former Canons on this subject were the eleventh of 1804, the forty-fifth of 1808,
the third of 1814, the first and third of 1820, and the fifty-first of 1832.] SECT. 1. As a full and accurate view of the state of the church, from time to time, is highly useful and necessary, it is hereby ordered, that every minister of this church shall present, or cause to be delivered, on or before the first day of every annual convention, to the bishop of the diocese, or, where there is no bishop, to the president of the convention, a statement of the number of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and funerals, and of the number of communicants in his parish or church, and of all other matters that may throw light on the state of the same. And every other clergyman, not regularly settled in any parish or church, shall also report the occasional services he may have performed; and if he have performed no such services, the causes or reasons which have prevented the same. And these reports, or such parts of them as the bishop shall think fit, may be read in convention, and shall be entered on the journals thereof.
SECT. 2. At every annual diocesan convention, the bishop shall deliver an address, stating the affairs of the diocese since the last meeting of the convention; the names of the churches which he has visited; the number of persons confirmed; the names of those who have been received as candidates for orders, and of those who have been ordained, suspended, or degraded ; the changes by death, removal, or otherwise, which have taken place among the clergy; and, in general, all matters tending to throw light on the affairs of the diocese; which address shall be inserted on the Journals.
Sect. 3. At every General Convention, the journals of the different diocesan conventions, since the last General Convention, together with such other papers, viz.: Episcopal charges, addresses, and pastoral letters, as may tend to throw light on the state of the church in each diocese, shall be presented to the house of clerical and lay deputies. A committee shall then be appointed to draw up a view of the state of the church, and to make report to the house of clerical and lay deputies; which report, when agreed to by the said house, shall be sent to the house of bishops, with a request that they will draw up, and cause to be published, a pastoral letter to the members of the church. And it is hereby made the duty of every clergyman having a pastoral charge, when any such letter is published, to read the said pas. toral letter to his congregation on some occasion of public worship.
SECT. 4. It shall be the duty of the secretary of the converte tion of every diocese, or of the person or persons with whom the journals or other ecclesiastical papers are lodged, to forward to the house of clerical and lay deputies, at every General Convention, the documents and papers specified in this canon.
Sect. 5. It is recommended that the bishop, the standing committee of the church in every diocese, or if there be no bishop, the standing committee only, prepare a condensed report and a tabular view of the state of the church in their diocese, previously to the meeting of every General Convention, for the purpose of aiding the committee on the state of the church, appointed by the house of clerical and lay deputies, in drafting their report.
SECT. 6. The 7th canon of 1835 is hereby repealed.
Canon IX. Of Candidates for Orders. Sect. 1. Every person who desires to become a candidate for orders in this church, shall, in the first instance, give notice of his intention to the bishop of the diocese in which he intends to apply, or, if there be no bishop, to the standing committee; in which notice he shall declare whether he has ever applied for admission as a candidate in any other diocese. No person who has previously applied for admission as a candidate in any diocese and has been refused admission, or, having been admitted has afterwards ceased to be a candidate, shall be admitted as a candidate in any other diocese, until he shall have produced from the bishop, or, if there be no bishop, from the standing committee of the former diocese, a certificate, declaring the cause for which he was refuse dadmission, or for which he ceased to be a candidate.
SECT. 2. No person shall be considered as a candidate for orders in this church, unless he shall have produced to the bishop to whom he intends to apply for orders, a certificate from the standing committee of the diocese of the said bishop, that from personal knowledge, or from testimonials laid before them, they believe that he is pious, sober, and honest; that he is attached to the doctrines, discipline, and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and a communicant of the same; and, in their opinion, possesses such qualifications as will render him apt and meet to exercise the ministry to the glory of God and the edifying of the church. And when the standing committee do not certify as above, from personal knowledge, the testimonials laid before them shall be of the same purport, and as full as the certificate above required, and shall be signed by at least one presbyter and four respectable laymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
SECT. 3. In addition to the above testimonials, the person wishing to become a candidate must lay before the standing committee a satisfactory diploma, or other satisfactory evidence that he is a graduate of some university or college, or a certificate from two presbyters appointed by the bishop, or, where there is no bishop, the clerical members of the standing committee, to examine him, of his having satisfactorily sustained an examination in Natural Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and Rhetoric, and in the Greek Testament, and the Latin tongue.
SECT. 4. When a person applying to be admitted a candidate, wishes the knowledge of the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew languages, and other branches of learning not strictly ecclesiastical, to be dispensed with, the standing committee shall not recommend him as a candidate, until he has laid before them a testimonial, signed by at least two presbyters of this church, stating, that in their opinion, he possesses extraordinary strength of natural understanding, a peculiar aptitude to teach, and a large share of prudence; and the bishop, with the consent of the standing committee, shall have granted said dispensation. This dispensation shall not be granted to any person under twentyseven years of age, nor shall any person be ordained under such dispensation until he shall have attained thirty years of age. And in regard to the knowledge of the Hebrew language, in all cases in these canons the bishop shall have the sole discretion of dispensation, without reference to the age of the candidate, as mentioned in this section.
SECT. 5. With this enumeration of qualifications it ought to be made known to the candidate, that the church expects of him, what can never be brought to the test of any outward standardan inward fear and worship of ALMIGHTY GOD; a love of religion and a sensibility to its holy influence; a habit of devout affection ; and, in short, a cultivation of all those graces which are called in scripture the fruits of the Spirit, and by which alone His sacred influences can be better manifested.
Sect. 6. The requisition of this canon being fulfilled, the bishop may admit the person as a candidate for orders, and shall record the same in a book to be kept for that purpose, and notify the candidate of such record. And in any diocese where there is no bishop, the standing committee may, on the same conditions, admit the person as a candidate, and shall make record and notification in the same manner.
Sect. 7. If, after obtaining the canonical testimonials from the standing committee, the person be admitted as a candidate by the bishop, or, if there be no bishop, by the standing committee, he shall remain a candidate for the term of three years before his