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Suspended, Resigned, Terminated or Laicized
Priests, Deacons and Religious of the Contemporary Catholic Church

 

For a variety of reasons, priests, deacons and religious find that they are no longer able to continue a public expression of their vocation.  Likewise, for another variety of reasons, bishops and religious superiors find that they can not longer permit a priest, deacon or religious to continue with their ministry or other official duties.

The exercise of ministry is the extension of the Office of Bishop, who embodies the fullness of the priesthood of Christ. Thus a priest or deacon must at all times be attached and under the authority of a particular Bishop of the Catholic Church so that they may sanctify and guide the portion of the Lord's flock that is assigned to them.


suspended priest, deacon or religious is an individual who has been relieved of all of their assignments or other official duties by either their bishop of religious superior.  A suspended priest, deacon or religious retains their rank, but cannot function in any manner, in public or in private settings.

The right to exercise publicly the office of priest or deacon is only suspended by one's bishop for grave reasons, for the safety of the individual, in the event of mental incompetence or instability, for reasons of incapacitation due to illness, if found guilty of a felonious crime, or for persistent failure to comply with the statutes and constitution of the Contemporary Catholic Church, and in the event of the resignation of the individual from membership in the Contemporary Catholic Church.


Administrative Suspension is declared only when extreme pastoral circumstances arise and it is deemed that for the good of the Church such action is taken. Reinstatement of the clerical faculties will be at the discretion of the Presiding Bishop.


resigned priest, deacon or religious is an individual who has, of their own choosing, canonically terminated their rank, ministry or other office within the CCC.  They have also terminated their membership with the body of the Church.  Simply put, a resigned priest, deacon or religious is no longer has standing within any clerical or spiritual aspect, or is a member of the Contemporary Catholic Church.


terminated priest, deacon or religious is an individual who had come to the Church already validly ordained or professed to vows and was in the probation and transitional period of Clerical or Religious Incardination, but was deemed unsuitable to complete the process of Incardination. 


laicized priest, deacon or religious is an individual who has had their Ordinations or Solemn Religious Profession declared null and void.  Such actions mean that a laicized priest, deacon or religious never held any clerical or religious rank within the Church.  The Church can only spiritually laicize those whom it has ordained or permitted to profess vows as a religious. 


Administrative Laicization is not restricted to those individuals ordained within the CCC or who professed vows as a religious within the Contemporary Catholic Church. Administrative Laicization is declared only when extreme pastoral circumstances arise and it is deemed that for the good of the Church such action is taken. 


Any suspended, resigned or laicized cleric or religious who attempts to promote themselves as clerics or religious within the Contemporary Catholic Church after the dates of their suspensions, resignations or laicization, does so fraudulency.  No suspended, resigned or laicized cleric or religious can promote themselves as legal representatives of the CCC or of any Religious Institute within the Contemporary Catholic Church jurisdiction.  No suspended, resigned or laicized clergy or religious can solicit money in the name of the Contemporary Catholic Church or any Religious Institute within the Contemporary Catholic Church.


The Contemporary Catholic Church, the CCC, disavows any responsibilities for any pastoral or civil actions taken or attempted by suspended, resigned, terminated or laicized clerics or religious. 


The Contemporary Catholic Church in America, nor any Diocese or Religious Order will not assume financial liability for any purchases or financial contracts made by any suspended, resigned, terminated or laicized clerics or religious.


If you are unsure of the canonical status of any cleric or religious of the Contemporary Catholic Church in America, please contact the Office of the Presiding Bishop for status confirmation by emailing us at status@thecontemporarycatholicchurch .

 

Administrative Record

The following individuals named below are suspended, resigned, terminated or laicized clergy or vowed religious who no longer have faculties to function as clerics or religious within the CCC.  In each case the Church has followed all protocols of the Code of Canon Law in its decisions to either suspend, terminate or laicize a cleric or religious and it followed all protocols of the Code of Canon Law when accepting the resignation of a cleric or religious.


Elaine Bessette Bessette, Mother M. Elaine of  Tacoma , Washington , Cleric serving the Mission of Magdal-Eder, the Diocese of the Northwest.  Perpetually Suspended December 20th, 200 4 .  Resignation received & perpetual excardination issued on December 31, 200 4 . Administrative laicization declared by the Presiding Bishop December 31, 2004.

 


Flaherty, Father David Brian Gregory of Baltimore, Maryland, Pastor of St. Sebastian's Church in Baltimore. Transferred clerical association from the Metropolitan Archbishop of the United Ecumenical Catholic Church (UECC) into the CCC on August 2, 2005.  Perpetually Suspended June 19th, 2006.  Resignation & perpetual excardination issued on June 20, 2006. Administrative Laicization declared by the Presiding Bishop June 20, 2006.



Meredith Ines MoisesMoise, Reverend Ms. Meredith Ines, a.k.a. Mary Moises, of Baltimore, Maryland. transferred association from the Metropolitan Archbishop of the United Ecumenical Catholic Church (UECC) and accepted as a Deacon into the CCC on August 2, 2005 .  Suspended November 7 th, 2006 . Resignation received and accepted November 8th, 2006. Letter of Excardination issued November 9th, 2006.

 

 

Maria Riter WilsonRiter -Wilson, Rev. Maria, of San Dimas, CA. Ordained as Priest in the CCC on December 1, 2007. Permanent Suspension and Ordained Letter of Release of Faculties issued December 26, 2012