Competence and Pastoral Conduct

1.    Those who teach the Catholic faith or provide pastoral, spiritual or therapeutic counseling or direction as authorized agents of the diocese or its institutions are not to undertake works for which they are not qualified by education, training or other means of credentialing. Instead, they are to refer recipients to other competent individuals. When it is necessary to make this determination about competence, they may seek counsel from their Church supervisor, their colleagues or the diocesan legal counsel.

2.    Unless determined otherwise by the diocesan bishop in a particular case, this norm presumes that clergy who hold a canonical assignment in this diocese, or minister with his consent, are qualified to teach the Catholic faith and that such priests are qualified to undertake pastoral and basic spiritual counseling.

Date approved by Bishop

Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor