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Suppliment

Canons
 
SUPPLEMENT TO AGREEMENT OF CHARTER
 
[CONTENTS]  PREAMBLE
 
ARTICLE 1. NAME AND NATURE OF THE CHURCH
ARTICLE 2. MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE 3. GOVERNANCE
ARTICLE 4: POWERS OF THE CHURCH
ARTICLE 5: AMENDMENTS AND BY-LAWS
ARTICLE 6: EMPOWERMENT
HISTORICAL NOTE
This document and the extended By-Laws which accompany it, were ratified by administration of the  Ancient Apostolic Church International Archdiocese, and extended to all international bodies of that ecclesia. They in no way supersede nor replace by-laws and Church Cannon of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
to which this chartered entity is forsworn, but add detail to the already existing articles and expand chartered rights. All churches chartered or established by
Ancient Apostolic Church
are non-profit religious, charitable and educational religious "Free Church" extensions of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
.

In the fullness of time and by the providence of our Lord, it seems good to us that we covenant with one another, as members of an ancient and honourable religion, to establish a Chartered Church under the jurisdiction of the Independent
Ancient Apostolic Church
, that will further our mutual interests and purposes in the service of our Lord, in order to be better able to serve the religious needs of the lay members of our parishes and of our religion, and to be better able to assist one another in the training of our clergy and in all other matters that may benefit from improvements in our communication.

We are agreed: that we worship God the Father Almighty in the persons of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; that we are ethical persons, bound by the ethics of the traditional laws of our religion and Cannons of our jurisdictional church; and that we recognize one another as being members of the same religion.
We are also agreed that we are not the only members of our religion. If the members of a local congregation choose not to join this Covenant and the Church thus created, their choice creates no presumption that they are not members of our universal religion, but may not be in full communion with our particular jurisdictional ecclesia.

We are agreed further that the reality of our religion lies within each local congregation, of whatever Christian tradition, and that there is no sovereign authority in our encompassing Christian religion outside each local congregation, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of Almighty God. Therefore, the local congregations which enter into this Covenant with one another cede to the Church thus created only as much sovereignty as the Church will need in order to function effectively as an instrument of their joint will and according to mutually agreed format.
ARTICLE I. NAME AND NATURE OF THE CHURCH
The name of the Chartered Church receiving this extension of charter: "
Ancient Apostolic Church
". This Church is a member in confederation of sovereign and equal local congregations within the Independent Reformed Catholic Church network located internationally, under jurisdictional accountability of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
International Archdiocese and European Division of that church respectively. Such jurisdictional accountability is of a "free will" nature; as each individual
Ancient Apostolic Church
church is formed under "Free Church" status.

The ACC network shall be referred to herein as the Jurisdictional Church, to emphasize these local congregations taken jointly, or as the Confederation, to emphasize these local congregations taken severally. It is organized and formed as a non-profit religious, charitable, and educational entity.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
A Regular Membership in the Ancient Catholic Church is opened to all Baptized Christians. Such membership accomplished through local affiliation and membership of individual
Ancient Apostolic Church
parish churches. Membership is more fully covered within the Constitution of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
, its by-laws and Cannons.

ARTICLE III. GOVERNANCE
A.
Each local congregation that holds Regular Membership in the "Jurisdictional Church" shall have the right to be represented to the "Jurisdictional Church" by an official representative in the person of their diocese Bishop, to the International Synod of Bishops.
In addition each individual church shall be locally governed by an elected church council in conjunction with spiritual and operational guidance from their perspective diocese. The details of individual church governance are fully explained with in the Constitution, By-Laws and Cannons of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
.


ARTICLE IV. POWERS OF THE CHURCH

The chartered church shall have all the powers, rights, and privileges normally exercised by a church under the laws of the country, district and/or state in which they are formed. However, nothing in this Covenant, or in any By-Laws or procedural rules adopted by the
Ancient Apostolic Church
Denominational Church, shall limit the right of each local congregation to continue to operate in its customary way, provided such actions are within the
Ancient Apostolic Church
Cannons and Constitutional Church Law.

The
Ancient Apostolic Church
has no desire to abridge or impair the autonomy of any local congregation in the management of its own affairs. The autonomy and sovereignty of a local congregation are inherent and are modifiable only by its own action. The affairs of a local congregation include, but are not limited to, the following rights: to retain or adopt its own methods of organization, worship, and education; within the framework of
Ancient Apostolic Church
Cannon. To retain or secure its own name; to formulate its own method of local governance. To admit and train members, to confirm them in membership, and to provide for their discipline or dismissal in its own way; to put forth for ordainment or initiate dismissal of its own Priests and other clergy by such procedures outlined in
Ancient Apostolic Church
By-Laws. To acquire, own, manage, and dispose of its own property and funds; and to withdraw from membership in this ''Jurisdictional Church" by its own decision at any time without forfeiture of ownership or control of any real or personal property owned by it.


The chartered Church shall have the power to establish operational structure, which shall include but not be limited to the following: establish Local Councils of the Church; Certificates of Membership; to recognize a local congregation that has joined in the Covenant and the
Ancient Apostolic Church
" Jurisdictional Church".

Ministerial Credentials, to recognize the status achieved by a person who has been put forth by a local congregation and approved according to established guidelines and
Ordained as a Priest by the jurisdictional Bishop shall be accomplished through the appropriate diocese under instruction of the Bishop Ordinary.

A Local Council shall be any Council of that church representing local congregations within an area smaller than the regional sub-jurisdiction as formed by the regional diocese.
A Local Council shall have all the powers, rights, and privileges of the "Jurisdictional Church" as a whole, within the framework of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
Constitution and Canonical Law, and shall be empowered to do for itself, and for the local congregations that make it up, all the things the International Synod can by design do for the Church as a whole.


Each Local Council shall be structured in like manner of the International Synod, and shall abide by all the provisions of this Covenant and of all By-Laws and Canons adopted by the
Ancient Apostolic Church
, except where specific exceptions are allowed in the By-Laws.

D.
A Local Congregation, being sovereign in itself, is not and cannot be created by the issuing of a Certificate of Membership by the "Jurisdictional Church". Instead, the issuing of such a certificate commonly known as a charter shall merely recognize the real and previous existence of a local congregation of members of our religion, and shall be intended merely to guarantee to the local congregation the advantages of having a legal affiliated existence and source of guidance.
E.
A person shall become a Priest or Deacon within our denominational religion by receiving Ministerial Credentials from the Jurisdictional Church after prescribed course of ordination. Such credentials shall be intended to guarantee to the person the advantages, rights, responsibilities, and privileges, which are enjoyed by ministers of religion under the laws of the host country.

F.
In order to provide for its own viability and proper governance, the chartered church shall agree to adhere to established guidelines as set forth by the
Ancient Apostolic Church
under advisement of the Global
Ancient Apostolic Church
and International Synod of Bishops concerning minimal criteria that must be met before a Certificate of Membership or Ministerial Credentials will be issued. However, in establishing such criteria, the "Jurisdictional Church" shall in no way attempt to define the nature of a local congregation, to interfere with the autonomy of any local congregation, or to establish universal procedures that local congregations should follow outside of existing policy as outlined in
Ancient Apostolic Church
formation documentation.


G.
For the sake of its viability, the Church shall have the power to expel any person or group from the fellowship and privileges of membership in it, However, any such expulsion or revocation shall be carried out only for due cause as defined in the By- Laws of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
. The legal system used for such is outlined within the Constitutional
Ancient Apostolic Church
documentation and Canons.


ARTICLE V. AMENDMENTS AND BY-LAWS
The provisions of this Covenant may be further amended only by an affirmative vote that is equal to two-thirds of all the votes exercised by members of the International Synod of Bishops.
The provisions of this Covenant shall be implemented by means of such By-Laws as may be adopted by an affirmative vote equal to at least two-thirds of all votes exercised by members of the chartered church, and 2/3 vote of approval by the International Synod of Bishops.
Any provision of this Covenant that is ambiguous may be clarified by means of the By-Laws, of the "Jurisdictional Church".
ARTICLE VI. EMPOWERMENT
This Covenant of expanded rights shall come into force on the day when this Covenant and its accompanying By-Laws have been signed, and thus ratified, by duly authorized representatives of the receiving diocese and the local congregation. Those who sign on a local church level shall choose from among themselves the officers and other persons to make up the first church council and Standing Committees of the Church. The church council shall be empowered to obtain legal counsel and to undertake all steps necessary to enable the legal existence of the Church as contemplated in Article I; to revise and augment the wording of this Covenant and its By-Laws, upon the advice of legal counsel.

If such changes are needed to satisfy the requirements of law of the hosting country, then this Covenant shall become null and void, and the Church created by this Covenant shall be deemed never to have existed.
The preceding Covenant of Charter is hereby accepted and sealed by the Presiding Archiepiscopal Pontiff of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
.



Accepted as affirmed by o/f Authorized representatives of ""; hereafter known; by reason of incardination and charter as – The Ancient Apostolic Church ".










MANDATE OF AUTHORITY
This covenant of charter is extended to
Ancient Apostolic Church
Chartered Churches under direction of the Cardinal KS Oliver , SOBB, Archiepiscopal Pontiff, of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
; through jurisdictional authority of the
Ancient Apostolic Church
 



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