2.1.1 Norms to Protect the Good of Persons and the Common Good in the Diocese

1.    The norms of #2.1 Norms for All Clergy and Laity particularly bind all clergy, religiously vowed or lay persons who perform some ministry or function of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Lansing.

2.    This includes those who have a canonical assignment, or who exercise a legitimate external apostolate of an institute of consecrated life or of a society of apostolic life, or who are employed by a unit of the diocese, or who serve in an authorized volunteer capacity.

    Even if they lack a canonical assignment, clergy who visit, reside in the diocese or perform some ministry or function within the diocese, are bound to these norms.

    Members of public associations of the faithful subject to the bishop of Lansing are bound to them in the exercise of a legitimate external apostolate.

3.    They are most gravely bound to uphold Catholic values and conduct, especially in regard to the protection of persons and their rights, and the salvation of souls, and particularly when acting in any capacity on behalf of the Church.

    They are not to teach, advocate, model, or in any way counsel beliefs or behaviors that are contrary to the magisterial teaching or ecclesiastical discipline of the Catholic Church.

    They are most especially obliged to observe a proper chastity in accord with Catholic moral teaching according to their state of life (cf. Catholic Catechism, especially nn. 2331-2359). Since proper chastity obliges all by virtue of divine law and reflects on the integrity of the Church, it is required of Catholics and non-Catholics who perform some function in the Church.

4.    Violations of the norms of #2.1 may require, or may result in, corrective and / or punitive action in accord with canon law or diocesan policy. Violations of federal, state or other civil law may result in penalties. When civil law is not contrary to divine law or ecclesiastical law, all are bound to observe it.




Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor