A STATEMENT CONCERNING THE FAITH, DOCTRINE, AND ORDER OF
THE CHRISTIAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF CANADA
The Right Reverend Robert David Redmile,
Lord Bishop of Richmond.
Richmond, British Columbia, 14th December 2019.
This Statement following has been made at the request of persons who desire to have an official and
authoritative Testimony at hand which sets forth concisely the established Faith, Doctrine, and Order
of the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada.
The Christian Episcopal Church of Canada claims to be and, according to the ancient and accepted
standards of the undivided Catholic and Apostolic Church and especially to the terms set forth in the
Declaration Dominus Jesus ratified and confirmed by Pope John Paul the Second on 16th June 2000,
and published on the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in the same year, is a true and integral
portion of the one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and a true particular Church thereof. And it
is to the end that this claim and the assertion thereof be made more clear to all to whom the same is
made that the following is declared:
The Christian Episcopal Church of Canada professes, upholds, and maintains the orthodox Catholic
and Apostolic Christian Faith as the same is revealed by Almighty God to mankind in the canonical
Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; as set forth in the Creed of the Apostles, the Creed
of Nicaea, and the Creed of Saint Athanasius; and as maintained and taught by the seven undisputed
Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Catholic and Apostolic Church. And the Christian Episcopal
Church of Canada holds the written Word of God to be the one supreme and final binding authority
in all matters of Faith and Morals.
Furthermore, the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada accepts as being generally necessary to
salvation the two Sacraments of the Gospel, that is to say, Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist, both
unfailingly administered according to the matter and form commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ.
And in the administration thereof, the intention of the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada is to
do what the Catholic Church has always intended and intends to do, especially in regard to the Holy
Eucharist where the Doctrines of the Eucharistic Sacrifice and of the Real Presence of our Lord are
proclaimed and exhibited to the Faithful.
And in regard to those five Sacraments of the Christian Life which, together with the whole Catholic
and Apostolic Church, the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada accepts as being Confirmation,
Penance, Matrimony, Orders, and Unction, they are unfailingly ministered with the intention, matter,
and form required by the universal Church.
And all these Seven Sacraments aforesaid the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada holds to be
outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace truly conveyed to the faithful recipient thereof
by the means of them.
And in all these, the proper Ministers of those Seven Sacraments are those who have been called,
and ordained by Bishops standing in the Apostolic Succession through the Laying on of hands with
Prayer. And those sacred Ministers are of three Orders, namely, Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.
And to the Bishops belong the power and authority to minister all the Sacraments of the Church;
and to the Priests belong the power and authority to minister the Sacraments of Holy Baptism, Holy
Eucharist, Absolution, Matrimony, and Unction; and to the Deacons belong the power and authority
to minister the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Matrimony.
And furthermore, the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada upholds the oneness and unity of the
holy Catholic Church of which she professes to be fully an integral portion and member; and in the
absence of Apostles looks to the lawful Bishop of the Church and See of Rome as the Successor of
Saint Peter the Apostle in the Episcopal Order, and to all the Bishops of the Church in communion
or conformity with him, as the guardians of true Faith and Moral Law within the Body of Christ.
All these things are publicly attested to and set forth in the Divine Liturgy, and especially in the
Constitution and Canons, of the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada wherein it is provided that
the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada is bound by the 1983 Code of Canon Law of the Latin
Church, and accepts the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church as the normative and authoritative
exposition of the orthodox Catholic Faith and Religion by and in accordance with which all things
must be interpreted and conform within the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada, according to the
several provisions of the aforesaid Constitution and Canons governing the same.
And lastly, the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada upholds and teaches the sanctity of Human
Life from conception to natural death and of the Christian Family and Family Life, and is dedicated
to the preservation and promotion of the same in all areas of Society wherever and whenever called
upon to do so by whatever lawful means may be available.
Given at Our See City of Richmond in the Province of British Columbia, this Fourteenth day of
December, in the Year of Our Lord 2019, and in the Year of Our Episcopate the Eighteenth.
ROBERT DAVID : RICHMOND
The Right Reverend Robert David Redmile,
Lord Bishop of Richmond, British Columbia.