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A Governing Council is a council which is mandated by the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus which was signed by Pope Benedict XVI on 4 November 2009 in order to help the ordinary run the personal ordinariate.

The functions of the council are:

  • 1. The Governing Council, in accord with Statutes which the Ordinary must approve, will have the rights and responsibilities accorded by the Code of Canon Law to the College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council.
  • 2. In addition to these responsibilities, the Ordinary needs the consent of the Governing Council to:
    • a) admit a candidate to Holy Orders;
    • b) erect or suppress a personal parish;
    • c) erect or suppress a house of formation;
    • d) approve a program of formation.
  • 3. The Ordinary also consults the Governing Council concerning the pastoral activities of the Ordinariate and the principles governing the formation of clergy.
  • 4. The Governing Council has a deliberative vote:
    • a. when choosing a terna of names to submit to the Holy See for the appointment of the Ordinary;
    • b. when proposing changes to the Complementary Norms of the Ordinariate to present to the Holy See;
    • c. when formulating the Statutes of the Governing Council, the Statutes of the Pastoral Council, and the Rule for houses of formation.
  • 5. The Governing Council is composed according to the Statutes of the Council. Half of the membership is elected by the priests of the Ordinariate.

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