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Canon 22 Of the Election of Bishops
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Section 1.
When there shall be an occasion for the election of a bishop, the Ecclesiastical Authority of the jurisdiction for which the election is to be held shall notify the Council of Bishops and the several Councils of Advice stating the particulars of the call. In the case of the resignation, incapacity, or death of the Bishop, the Council of Advice of the jurisdiction shall notify the Presiding Bishop of the vacancy and the Presiding Bishop shall make the above mentioned notifications. Within forty-five days of the notification, the Diocesan convention shall convene and proceed with the election according to the canons of the diocese. Following the election, the Ecclesiastical Authority shall notify the bishop-elect immediately who shall accept or decline the election within three days of the notification.

Section 2.
Upon the acceptance of the bishop-elect, the Ecclesiastical Authority of the diocese shall submit the name and credentials of the bishop-elect to the Council of Bishops and the several Councils of Advice. Within thirty days of the notification of the election, the Council of Bishops and the Councils of Advice shall vote to confirm the election, an absolute majority of the Council of Bishops and each of the Councils of Advice being needed for confirmation. Failure of any of the Councils to respond within the specified time shall constitute confirmation. If the election takes place within sixty days prior to a General Synod, the election shall be confirmed by a majority of the Synod.

Section 3.
Upon confirmation of the election, the Presiding Bishop shall take order for the consecration of the bishop-elect by at least three bishops of this church.

Section 4.
In all particulars the service of the consecration shall be under the direction of the bishop presiding at the consecration.

Section 5.
A Bishop Coadjutor or Bishop Suffragan shall be elected in accordance with the provisions of this canon, but the initiative shall always be taken by the Bishop with the advice and consent of his Council of Advice. Upon the death, resignation or retirement of the Bishop, the Bishop Coadjutor shall become the Bishop of the Diocese. The tenure of the Bishop Suffragan shall not be terminated by the death, resignation, retirement or removal of the Bishop.

Section 6.
Any bishop in this church shall be able to resign his position with the consent of the majority of the Council of Bishops.

 


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