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Canon 23 Of the Duties of Bishops
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Section 1.
Every Bishop shall reside within the limits of his jurisdiction and shall not absent himself therefrom for more than three months without the consent of the Council of Advice.

Section 2.
Every Bishop shall visit every congregation in his diocese at least once in every three years for the purpose of examining their condition, preaching the Gospel, celebrating the Holy Eucharist, and confirming those presented for that purpose.

Section 3.
Every Bishop shall keep a register of his official acts.

Section 4.
Every Bishop shall deliver at the Diocesan Convention a Charge to the clergy of his diocese and may, from time to time, address to the people of the diocese Pastoral Letters on points of Christian doctrine, worship, or manners, which he may require the clergy to read or distribute to their congregations.

Section 5.
A Bishop may not perform any episcopal act within the jurisdiction of another Bishop without the consent of that Bishop or, in the absence of a Bishop, the Council of Bishops.

Section 6.
Every Bishop shall give timely notice of the acceptance of Letters Dimissory. He shall enroll among the clergy of the diocese those received and delete the names of those transferred thereby.

Section 7.
The resignation of a bishop shall be addressed to the Council of Bishops and shall become effective upon acceptance by the Council. A bishop retiring or resigning shall retain his seat and vote in the Council of Bishops and is subject to these canons. A bishop who has resigned with the consent of the Council of Bishops may, at the discretion of the Bishop of the diocese in which he chooses to reside, be enrolled among the clergy of the diocese, and become subject to its canons and regulations.

 


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