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The Constitution of the Church of Ireland

(Updated October 2019)

Statute 
To consolidate enactments in regard to the Constitution.

WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate enactments of the General Synod in regard to the Constitution of the Church of Ireland and for that purpose to repeal the Constitution of the Church of Ireland, 1988 (save as regards the Preamble and Declaration prefixed thereto and the Rules annexed to Chapter XIII thereof), as amended by subsequent Statutes of the General Synod.

BE IT ENACTED by the Archbishops and Bishops and the Clergy and Laity of the Church of Ireland in General Synod assembled in Dublin in the year 2003, and by the authority of the same as follows:

From and after 1st October 2003 the several provisions contained in the first Schedule to this Statute shall be in force in the Church of Ireland and the said Schedule shall be read and construed as part of this Statute.

In the said Schedule and in any Statute amending the same

–the term “Constitution” shall mean the said Schedule with such amendments thereof as from time to time for the time being shall be in force;

–the term “Statute” shall mean a Statute of the General Synod;

–the term “Representative Body” shall mean the Body to represent the Church of Ireland and to hold property for the uses and purposes thereof called in the Irish Church Act, 1869, the Representative Body of the said Church;

–wherever the context so admits the word “diocese” shall include any diocese or united diocese or united dioceses under the jurisdiction of one bishop;

–the term “member of the clergy” or “clergy” shall, unless otherwise specifically provided, mean a deacon or priest of the Church of Ireland or of a church in full communion with that Church.

From and after 1st October 2003 the several Statutes and portions of Statutes mentioned in the second Schedule to this Statute shall be and the same are hereby repealed: Provided always that such repeal shall not invalidate or affect any act or thing heretofore done or any right or liability heretofore acquired or incurred under or in pursuance of the provisions hereby repealed.

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