INCARDINATION OF CLERGY
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE INCARDINATION OF CLERICS
When a clerical candidate (who has canonical residence in the United States) desires Incardination into the U.S. Prelature for Old-Catholics, the candidate must do the following after consultation with the Vicar for Clergy:
- Write a formal letter to the Archbishop petitioning Incardination into the Prelaure.
- Make an appointment to see his or her “Priest-Mentor” appointed by the Archbishop.
- Psychological Examination by the appointed Psychologist, paid by the candidate.
- Prepare the following documents:
a) Letter of Excardination from one’s current or previous Bishop.
b) Three Letters of Recommendation from Priests in a canonical Church.
c) Biographical Statement and Ministry Statement.
d) Official Academic Transcripts.
e) Sealed Original Sacramental Certificates/Documentation, or Notarized Copies of Original Certificates.
f) Complete Background Check.
5. In general, upon completion of the above application, candidates will meet with the Commission on Ministry to be examined orally and in written form concerning the one or all of the following areas: 1) Catholic Theology, 2) Sacramental Theology, 3) Church History, 4) Spirituality and 5) Liturgy and liturgical praxis.
6. Upon acceptance, the newly-Incardinated priest or deacon, must make a public promise of obedience to the Archbishop (usually at the next Sunday Liturgy).
8. Aside from the social teachings of the Church, clerics may not voice or advocate any political ideology contrary to the Gospel and Apostolic tradition.
9. In general, candidates for Holy Orders are expected to worship at a local Old-Catholic or Anglican parish for at least six months and serve the Mass for at least six months.
10. At the discretion of the Archbishop, the clerical candidate (deacon or priest) may be required to be re-ordained "sub conditione" where there is any doubt concerning the Apostolic Succession of the respective Church or ordaining bishop prior to Incardination.
11. In accordance with Canon law, all priests are required to have a Master's degree or equivalent in theology or divinity from a recognized seminary or university.
12. The Code of Canon Law defines a clerical candidate for Incardination as a priest or deacon who was properly and canonically ordained to Holy Orders by a bishop in Apostolic Succession within a recognized and canonical Church, after a period of spiritual formation and education in philosophy and theology, resulting in a graduate degree in theology from a recognized seminary or university. In the instance of a cleric who was ordained under irregular circumstances, without proper formation and higher education, the candidate would be required to complete spiritual formation and the necessary higher education in the sacred sciences as a postulant, as directed by the Archbishop.
INFORMATION FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
For candidates of the Prelature, psychological evaluations are conducted by a local licensed psychologists appointed by the Archbishop. Otherwise, candidates are requested to contact a licensed psychologist at the Greenridge Counseling Center at 6122 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128. Once a candidate has been accepted as a postulant, he may make an appointment for a psychological evaluation at 215-487-1330. The fee is $900.00, which is to be paid by the candidate directly who must agree to have the final report sent to the Archbishop. The psychological evaluation involves the standard battery of tests, an interview and appointment for feedback.
If you are a priest or a deacon, married or celibate, and wish to become Incardinated into the Prelature, please contact the Vicar General by filing out the contact form below. Thank you.
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