Directive is issued with the intent of ensuring uniformity of
standards of all clergy incardinated and exercising Sacred Ministry
within the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church with regard to
validity of Holy Orders in Apostolic Succession and consistency of
Catholic Doctrine and Theology. It is further noted that, while some
jurisdictions maintain valid Apostolic Succession, various heresies
have been introduced. It is therefore essential to test all
candidates for incardination in order to ensure that the Sacred Trust
given to the Church and obligations under the Code of Particular
Canon Law are maintained.
PROCEDURE FOR INCARDINATION OF CLERGY OF CHURCHES NOT IN APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION
from churches not in Apostolic Succession wishing to be incardinated
in the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church must first be received
into the Church via the form established in the Rituale Anglicanum
for the Reception of Converts. Once received into the Church, they
may not exercise the Sacred Ministry.
Candidates having been received into the Church are then to receive
the Sacrament of Confirmation in due course. They are further to
receive whatever instruction in catechism, Sacred Theology, liturgy,
Church history, and other subjects pertaining to the ministry in
general as the Bishop under whose authority they fall shall direct.
been declared ready to receive Holy Orders, the Bishop then may
unconditionally commission a candidate to each of the Minor Orders,
and then ordain to the Major Orders of Deacon and Priest at his
discretion in accordance with Canon Law and other Directives as
applicable. This shall take place only after the Oath of
Incardination has been signed as directed by Canon Law, in the
specific form given with this Directive.
PROCEDURE FOR INCARDINATION OF CLERGY OF CHURCHES IN APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION
seeking incardination in the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church who
are ordained in Apostolic Succession not containing at least one
Roman Catholic line independent of an Anglican line shall follow the
procedures set forth in Section II above, except that they are
confirmed conditionally and ordained conditionally.
seeking incardination who are ordained in Apostolic Succession
containing at least one Roman Catholic line independent of an
Anglican line need not receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Such
clerics may be incardinated by being received into the Church
according to the form given in this Directive. However, their
clerical faculties may be suspended in whole or in part by the Bishop
receiving them as deemed necessary until such time as additional
training may be completed.
clergy to be incardinated must sign the Child Protection Policy of
the Patriarchal See or an equivalent policy within a Suffragan
Archdiocese or Diocese. Also, they shall submit all documentation
requested by the diocese into which they seek incardination, or the
Patriarchal See, and shall further submit Letters Dimissory from the
bishop whose jurisdiction they seek to leave if they are in a
background investigation and psychological examination is required
for all clergy seeking incardination in accordance with existing
standards established for ordination candidates. This need not be a
new investigation and/or examination if sufficient proof of a recent
investigation and/or examination may be provided.
clergy being incardinated into the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic
Church shall take the following oath in writing and, if not being
ordained sub-conditione, in the ceremony provided below, except when
exempted under this Directive. And note that clergy being
incardinated under Section II of this Directive shall not be required
to take this Oath, as they will have taken its equivalent in the Rite
of Reception of Converts.
cleric to be incardinated kneels before the Bishop, who is seated at
the faldstool before the altar. The cleric places his right hand on
the Book of Gospels. He then recites the following Oath of
Incardination (which shall also be signed by all clergy to be
incardinated into the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church.)
N.N., ....years of age, enlightened by divine grace, kneel before
thee, Right (or Most) Reverend Father, having before mine eyes and
touching with my hand the holy Gospels. And with firm faith I believe
and profess each and all the articles contained in the Apostles'
Creed, that is: I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who
was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered
under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He
descended into hell, the third day he rose again from the dead; He
ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the
Father almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the living and
the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church; the
communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the
body, and + life everlasting. Amen.
firmly admit and embrace the apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions
and all the other constitutions and ordinances of the Church
Universal and of this Particular Church.
admit the Sacred Scriptures in the sense which hath been held and is
still held by holy Mother Church, whose duty it is to judge the true
sense and interpretation of Sacred Scripture, and I shall never
accept or interpret them in a sense contrary to the unanimous consent
of the fathers.
profess that the sacraments of the New Law are truly and precisely
seven in number, instituted for the salvation of mankind, though all
are not necessary for each individual: baptism, confirmation, holy
Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, and
matrimony. I profess that all confer grace, and that baptism,
confirmation, and holy orders cannot be repeated without sacrilege. I
also accept and admit the ritual of the Catholic Church in the solemn
administration of all the aforementioned sacraments.
accept and hold in each and every part all that hath been defined and
declared by the Sacred Council of Trent concerning original sin and
justification. I profess that in the Holy Mass there is offered unto
God a true, real, and propitiatory Sacrifice for the living and the
dead; that in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist the Body and Blood
together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ is
really, truly, and substantially present, and that there taketh place
in the Mass what the Church calleth transubstantiation, which is the
change of all the substance of bread into the Body of Christ and of
all substance of wine into his Blood. I confess also that in
receiving under either of these species one receiveth Jesus Christ
whole and entire.
firmly hold that Purgatory existeth and that the souls detained there
can be helped by the prayers of the faithful.
Likewise I hold that the saints, who reign with Jesus Christ, should
be venerated and invoked, that they offer prayers unto God for us,
and that their relics are to be venerated.
firmly profess that the images of Jesus Christ and of the Mother of
God, Blessed Mary Ever-Virgin, as well as of all the saints should be
given due honor and veneration. I also affirm that Jesus Christ left
to the Church the faculty to grant indulgences, and that their use is
most salutary to the Christian people. I recognize the Holy Catholic
and Apostolic Church as the mother and teacher of all the churches,
and I promise and swear true obedience to the leaders of both this
Particular Church and to the Church
further giving due honor to the Roman Pontiff, Successor of Saint
Peter, the Prince of the Apostles and Vicar of Jesus Christ.
Moreover, without hesitation I accept and profess all that hath been
handed down, defined, and declared by the sacred canons and by the
general councils, especially by the Sacred Council of Trent and by
the Vatican General Council. At the same time I condemn and reprove
all that the Church has condemned and reproved. This same Catholic
Faith, outside of which none can be saved, I now freely profess and I
truly adhere to it. With the help of God, I promise and swear to
maintain and profess this faith entirely, inviolately, and with firm
constancy until the last breath of life. And I shall strive, as far
as possible, that this same faith shall be held, taught, and publicly
professed by all who depend on me and over whom I shall have charge.
help me God and these holy Gospels.
cleric being incardinated remains kneeling, and the bishop, still
seated, says Psalm 51, or Psalm 130, concluding with Glory be as usual.
this the bishop stands, gives up the mitre, and says:
have mercy. R. Christ, have mercy. R. Lord, have mercy.
Father... the rest inaudibly until:
lead us not into temptation. R. But deliver us from evil. V. Save thy
servant. R. Who trusteth in thee, my God. V. Lord, hear my prayer. R.
And let my cry come unto thee. V. The Lord be with you. R. And with
Let us pray.
whose nature is ever merciful and forgiving, accept our prayer that
this thy servant, bound by the fetters of sin, may be pardoned by thy
loving kindness: through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
bishop again sits down, taking the mitre and crosier, and facing the
cleric being incardinated pronounces the reception in the Church and
absolution from excommunication inserting the word perhaps if in
doubt as to whether it has been incurred:
authority of the Holy Church which I exercise here, I release thee
from the bond of excommunication which thou hast (perhaps) incurred;
and I restore thee unto communion and union with the faithful, as
well as to the holy sacraments of the Church, and receiving thee into
this Particular Church, restoring thee unto all clerical faculties
appropriate to thy state; in the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
+ and of the Holy Ghost. R. Amen.
the bishop imposes some salutary penance, such as prayers, visits to
a church, or the equivalent.
RECEPTION OF BISHOPS
Bishops seeking incardination into the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic
Church may only be incardinated by permission of the Patriarch.
Patriarch may reserve the faculties of an incardinated bishop,
permitting him to serve as a priest only, for a period of time at his
discretion if deemed beneficial for the good of both the Church and
the incardinated bishop.
consecrated as bishop without at least one line of Roman Catholic
Apostolic Succession outside of the Anglican lines must either have
episcopal faculties reserved or be consecrated sub-conditione to the
Episcopate at the discretion of the Patriarch.
Bishops may not be incardinated if so doing would violate Canon Law.
POSITION OF NEWLY-INCARDINATED CLERGY
Following the principles of Saint Benedict, newly-incardinated clergy
are welcomed as brothers, but occupy the lowest position initially.
a suitable probationary period, newly-incardinated clergy are of
equal standing to other clergy according to their rank.
a period in which faculties are restricted in whole or in part,
incardinated clergy are still entitled to the privileges of their
clerical state, including vesture and protocol. Except where
otherwise provided, vesture and clerical protocol may not be
restricted except by the Patriarch. However, clergy incardinated
under Section II of this Directive may not wear clerical vesture or
exercise clerical protocol until they are ordained.
clergy shall be incardinated if they are participating in a schism or
otherwise seeking illicitly to leave their lawful ecclesiastical
jurisdiction, in accordance with the Code of Particular Canon Law.
Furthermore, no clergy shall be incardinated if they are reasonably
believed to be participating in a schism.
INCARDINATION OF CLERGY WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY RESIGNED
incardinated in the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church who leave the
Church and subsequently apply to be re-admitted may be re-admitted
through the usual incardination process outlined in this Directive.
In accordance with the principles of Saint Benedict, such a cleric
must be kept in the lowest position for some time of probation until
he proves himself.
the third instance, no cleric shall be re-admitted to the serving
clergy, and any such cleric that returns shall have all clerical
faculties and privileges reserved, including vesture.
the Court of Saint Mary of Walsingham.