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REGULATION 4: Of the Clergy
(See Provincial Canons 14, 15 and 17)
1. A clergyman shall vacate office on attaining the age of sixty-five (65).
2. A clergyman desiring to resign his cure before attaining the age of sixty-five (65) years shall give to the Bishop six (6) months’ notice of his intention to do so, or such shorter period of notice as the Bishop may in his discretion accept.
3. The Bishop may, with the concurrence of the Council, require the retirement of any clergyman duly licensed to the charge or assistant cure of any parish or ecclesiastical district, upon giving him six (6) months’ notice of the date upon which such retirement is to take effect.
4. A notice shall not be required on either side in the event of a clergyman
(a) being licensed to another cure in the Diocese or
(b) being certified in writing to the Bishop by two (2) duly qualified medical practitioners as no longer able from physical or mental infirmity to discharge the duties of his cure.
5. The Bishop may with the consent of the Synod reduce the stipend or other emolument and withdraw the license of any clergyman on the ground that, in the opinion of the Bishop and the Synod, the funds at their disposal are insufficient to provide the payment thereof, but such reduction of stipend or other emolument or withdrawal of license shall not be made until after six (6) months’ notice of the intention to do so has been given to the clergyman affected.
6. Subject to Paragraph 4 of Regulation 20, stipends and allowances payable to clergy shall be as fixed from time to time by the Diocesan Board of Finance.
7. (a) For the purpose of computing his pension, a clergyman is deemed to have retired with consent:
(i) on vacating office at age sixty-five;
(ii) on resigning from office on or at any time after the age of sixty (60) years;
(iii) on being certified by two duly qualified medical practitioners as no longer able from physical or mental infirmity to discharge the duties of his Cure.
(b) A clergyman who vacates office at any time after attaining the age of sixty (60) years may at the discretion of the Bishop, be assigned on contract to a cure for any specified period.
8. (a) When the Diocesan Council has not provided reasonable housing accommodation for retired Clergymen, the Council may consider the making of grants and/or loans for this purpose as it may decide.
(b) Applications for such grants and/or loans should be submitted to the Diocesan Board of Finance.
(c) The provisions set out in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) above may be extended to the retiree’s widow or wife of an incapacitated retiree.