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Canon 15 Of Holy Orders in General
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Section 1.
Only heterosexual males are qualified to receive Holy Orders.

Section 2.
No man may be ordained deacon until he has reached the age of twenty-one (21) years, nor priest until he has reached the age of twenty-four (24) years, nor bishop until he has been a priest for at least ten (10) years.

Section 3.
No man shall be ordained bishop, priest or deacon unless and until he has publicly subscribed to the ancient catholic creeds, known as the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Creed of St. Athanasius, and shall have subscribed to the oath prescribed by Article V, Section 1 of the Constitution.

Section 4.
No man shall be ordained bishop, priest or deacon or received into this Church in any of these capacities, or admitted as a postulant or candidate for Holy Orders, unless he shall meet the New Testament requirements for ordination, especially as stipulated in I Timothy 3:1-13. However, any parish whose Rector and vestry shall recommend a man who has been divorced and remarried to be considered as a Postulant for the Holy Orders of Deacon and/or Priest shall petition the Bishop to make an exception. After due inquiry, the Bishop shall render his judgment in the matter which shall be final. This exception does not apply to the episcopacy.


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