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THE CONSTITUTION AND CODE OF CANONS OF DALIT CATHOLIC CHURCH DIOCESE OF TAMIL NADU

These canons are to be used as a guideline and are normative. However, pastoral sensitivity in their application always is to prevail, given subjective and particular contexts and circumstances, and may be modified at the discretion of the Presiding Bishop in concurrence with the College of Bishops as set forth herein.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF THIS CONSTITUTION AND CODE OF CANONS
PREAMBLE

By the Grace of Almighty God the Creator, Jesus the Christ and the Holy Spirit, this Constitution and Code of Canons is established as the organizational and legal norm for the Dalit Catholic Church Diocese of Tamil Nadu.

ARTICLE I THE CHURCH

Chapter 1 Name and Jurisdiction

Canon I-1 Official Name

a) The official name of this Church shall be: The Dalit Catholic Church Diocese of Tamil Nadu hereinafter referred to as the DCC or, simply, the Church.

b) Wherever herein The Dalit Catholic Church Diocese of Tamil Nadu is referenced by the form The Dalit Catholic Church, the DCC, or simply the Church; such reference shall be as if made to the said Church by its full name.

c) Formal intercommunion arrangements with other ecclesiastical bodies not withstanding, The Dalit Catholic Church Diocese of Tamil Nadu is a completely independent autocephalous (self-governing) Catholic Church.

Canon I-1.1 Jurisdiction and Boundaries
a) The boundaries of The Dalit Catholic Church Diocese of Tamil Nadu shall be coincident with worldwide boundaries.

b) The Dalit Catholic Church Diocese of Tamil Nadu shall have jurisdiction anywhere in the world
where it chooses to establish a mission.

c) The Dalit Catholic Church Diocese of Tamil Nadu has jurisdiction everywhere within its boundaries.

 

Chapter 2 Purpose

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