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Clergy Misconduct/Clergy Discipline Title IV

Filing Reports of Clergy Misconduct

The Diocese has adopted the following procedure for filing reports of clergy misconduct. Any incident of clergy misconduct may be reported verbally or in writing, either to the Bishop in writing at P.O. Box 11937, Harrisburg, PA 17108, or by telephone at 717-236-5959 (toll-free in PA 1-888-236-5959), or to any one of the following intake officers:

The Rev. Canon Katherine Harrigan
8 E Keller St.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(717) 497-3886

The Rev. Janis Yskamp
813 Valley Road
Mansfield, PA 16933
(570) 404-0236

Standards of Conduct

The Canon (Episcopal Church Law) setting forth the standards of clergy conduct is set forth below:

Canon IV. 4: Of Standards of Conduct

Sec. 1.  In exercising his or her ministry, a Member of the Clergy shall:

(a)       respect and preserve confidences of others except that pastoral, legal or moral obligations of ministry may require disclosure of those conferences other than Privileged Communications;
(b)       conform to the Rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer;
(c)        abide by the promises and vows made when ordained;
(d)       abide by the requirements of any applicable Accord or Order, or any applicable Pastoral Direction, restriction on ministry or placement on Administrative Leave ussued under Canon IV.7;
(e)       safeguard the property and funds of the Church and Community;
(f)        report to the Intake Officer all matters which may constitute an Offense as defined in Canon IV.2 meeting the standards of Canon IV.3.3, except for matters disclosed to the Members of Clergy as confessor within the Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent;
(g)       exercise his or her ministry in accordance with applicable provisions of the Constitution and Canons of the Church and of the Diocese, ecclesiastical licensure or commission and Community rule or bylaws;
(h)       refrain from
(1)       any act of Sexual Misconduct;
(2)       holding and teaching publicly or privately, and advisedly, any Doctrine contrary to that held by the Church;
(3)       engaging in any secular employment, calling or business without the consent of the Bishop of the Diocese in which the Member of the Clergy is canonically resident;
(4)       being absent from the Diocese in which the Member of the Cergy is canonically resident, except as provided in Canon III.9.3(e) for more than two years without the consent of the Bishop Diocesan;
(5)       any criminal act that reflects adversely on the Member of the Clergy’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a minister of the Church;
(6)       conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; or
(7)       habitual neglect of the exercise of the ministerial office without cause; or habitual neglect of public worship, and of the Holy Communion, according to the order and use of the Church; and
(8)       any Conduct Unbecoming a Member of the Clergy.

The capitalized terms are defined in Canon IV.2 of the Canons of the Episcopal church, which can be found online at

To view the new “Understanding Title IV” website from The Episcopal Church, click here.

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