Canon 45 – Of the Canons
Legal Rights: Nothing in these Canons shall prejudice the legal rights of any Parish or Vestry already existing by act of incorporation.
(a). No proposed alteration of or amendment to these Canons shall be considered by the Council until such proposed alteration or amendment shall have been submitted to the Committee on Constitution and Canons not less than thirty (30) days prior to Council, except by a two-thirds vote of Council. The Committee on Constitution and Canons shall report to the Council on all Canons so presented to it.
(b). No new Canon shall be considered by the Council unless the same shall have been submitted to the Committee on Constitution and Canons and the Department on Annual Council at least thirty (30) days prior to the Council, and provided further that copies of all such proposed Canons shall be mailed by the Department on Annual Council to all clergy Delegates of the Diocese at least fifteen (15) days before the Council meets. All parochial clergy shall immediately refer such proposals to the Lay Delegates to Council from that Parish or Aided Parish. The Committee on Constitution and Canons shall report to Council on all Canons so presented to it.
(c). When the foregoing provisions have been complied with, the Canons so proposed may be amended or a substitute adopted upon the same or related subject.
(d). The Committee on Constitution and Canons is authorized to make non-substantive changes in spelling, punctuation, grammar or numbering of Canons of the Diocese and subdivisions thereof in preparation for publication either in the Council Journal or separately.
Any person elected to any office by Council, other than the episcopate, shall take office on the first day of the second calendar month next following such election, unless otherwise provided.
Any person elected to any office under the provisions of the Canons shall serve until a successor is elected.