CLERGY CODE OF ETHICS

As clergy in the sacred tradition and inheritance of the Apostles, both Scripture and Tradition provides us guidance as to how we are to conduct ourselves as clergy and how we are to be in relationship with each other as a body within our religious institute/order. With this in consideration, here are the following guidelines that all of our clergy in Holy Orders and Companions are required to abide by:

 

  • We as clergy agree to abide faithfully according to rule of the Order Celtic Franciscans (OCF) within the Celtic Catholic Church of the Americas.

  • We as clergy agree to keep the confidentiality of all people who come to us for counsel, most especially those under the sacred seal of the confessional rites of reconciliation and the sacrament of healing.

  • We as clergy agree to respect the leadership within our Order and each other for the purpose of making all our work a joy instead of a burden. (Heb. 13:17; Phil. 2:1-2; 2 Cor. 2:1-4).

  • We as clergy agree to remain engaged in the study of scripture and to maintain a prayer life in order to remain strong in the Lord. (Eph. 6:10-12).

  • We as clergy agree to speak and behave in such a way that fosters unity, rather than division within the organization and the Holy Church. (Phil. 2:1-8, 14-16; 1 Thess. 3:12; Eph. 4:29-32; Titus 3:9-10).

  • We as clergy agree not to tolerate false teaching but are to faithfully correct, rebuke, and encourage those under our care to follow Christ, Our Lord. (1 Tim. 6:3-4; 2 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Peter 3:17; Jude 1:3; Rev. 2:20). 

  • We as clergy agree not to slander or gossip concerning any members of our Order or any other person we encounter. (Prov. 11:13; Eph. 4:31; 2 Cor. 12:20).

  • We as clergy agree not to use the ministry for personal gain, profit, extortion, fame, or self-aggrandizement, but for the purpose of doing God’s work.  (Phil. 1:15-17; 3 John 1:9-10).

  • We as clergy agree not to participate in discrimination of any kind. (Gal. 3:28; Acts 10:9-23; James 2:1-7; Gen. 17:17-19, Ex. 7:7; Ex. 4:10-12, 6:30, 2 Sam. 9:13, 1 Cor. 15:8, 2 Cor. 10:10, 12:7).

  • We as clergy agree not to live a lifestyle of greed, drunkenness, slander, or sexual immorality. (Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:3-5).