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CoWF - Traditional Plan #5 - Episcopal Responsibilities - Par. 415.6 (90036-TC-ΒΆ415.6-G)

Amend by addition ¶ 415.6:

To consecrate bishops; to ordain elders and deacons; to commission deaconesses, home missioners, and missionaries; and to see that the names of the persons commissioned and consecrated are entered on the journals of the conference and that proper credentials are furnished to these persons. Bishops are prohibited from consecrating bishops who are self-avowed homosexuals, even if they have been duly elected by the jurisdictional or central conference. Bishops are prohibited from commissioning those on the deacon or elder track if the Board of Ministry has determined the individual is a self-avowed homosexual or has failed to certify it carried out the disciplinarily mandated examination, even if the individual has been recommended by the Board of Ordained Ministry and approved by the clergy session of the annual conference. Bishops are prohibited from ordaining deacons or elders if the Board of Ministry has determined the individual is a self-avowed homosexual or has failed to certify it carried out the disciplinarily mandated examination, even if the individual has been recommended by the Board of Ordained Ministry and approved by the clergy session of the annual conference.

Rationale

Clarifies that bishops are not allowed to consecrate, ordain, or commission persons who are not qualified under ¶ 304.3, even if they are elected or approved by the relevant jurisdictional conference or clergy session. This enhances the bishop’s role in upholding the Discipline and makes him/her individually responsible to do so . . .

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