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Resolution 65 - The Ministry of the Church - The Supply and Training of Men

Resolution 65

The Ministry of the Church - The Supply and Training of Men for Holy Orders

The Conference for reasons given in the Report of its Committee on the ministry cannot recommend a widespread adoption of the proposal that men of mature age and assured position might be called by authority, and, if willing, ordained to the priesthood without being required to give up their present occupation. But while declaring that ordination to the priesthood involves full and life-long service, not to be made subservient to any other interests, it sees no insuperable objection to the ordination, with provincial sanction and under proper safeguards, where the need is great, of such auxiliary priests.

Further, in order to meet the present pressing need, the Conference would not question the action of any bishop who, with the sanction of the national, regional or provincial Church concerned, should authorise such licensed readers as he shall approve to administer the chalice at the request of the parish priest.