Episcopalian priests dating parishoners
For the clergy, who swear the Oaths of Canonical Obedience and Allegiance, and make the Declaration of Assent, this will include ecclesiastical law as well as secular law.
Thus nothing in these Guidelines should be read as suggesting that clergy stand outside the rule of criminal or civil law.
Indeed, any concern about possible criminal behaviour, and in particular any information about abuse or risk of abuse will be reported by the Church authorities to the police.
2 They are to sustain the community of the faithful by the ministry of word and sacrament.
As pastors, spiritual guides and representatives of the Christian faith, they are in a position of trust in their relationships with those for whom they have pastoral care.
All personal and professional conduct is bounded by law and legal sanction.
(See also 2.9) Clergy should seek to ensure that churchwardens, PCCs and the wider congregation understand their responsibilities and roles in making every church a safe place for all.
Priests are called to be servants and shepherds among the people to whom they are sent.
They are to be messengers, watchmen and stewards of the Lord.
Inappropriate touching or gestures of affection are to be avoided.
The clergy need to be aware of what is appropriate when meeting people from different cultural traditions.