Magazine article Anglican Journal

No Appeal Allowed for Fired Clergy

Magazine article Anglican Journal

No Appeal Allowed for Fired Clergy

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Priests can now be fired from their jobs by their bishops for any reason and may not appeal.

General Synod adopted a new licensing canon which allows a bishop to revoke the licence of a clergyperson under any circumstances. The dismissed cleric may request arbitration about the length of notice or the financial settlement in lieu of notice but not over the termination itself.

Even though two speakers warned of possible "capricious misuse" by bishops, the new canon was adopted on second reading, meaning it takes effect immediately. It completes a task begun by the 1983 synod.

A discipline canon was enacted in 1992, but the one on licensing was defeated in a standoff between bishops and clergy on the issue of dismissal without cause and no right of appeal.

Licensing is a key element in the relationship between a bishop and a clergyperson. Though ordained for life, clergy cannot function in a diocese without a licence or other authorization by the bishop. Revocation means loss of livelihood. …

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