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(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, it shall be lawful for the General Synod to make provision by Canon for dispensing with or modifying any formal procedure or document required on the occasion of ordination or admission to any office in the Church of England, and in particular for dispensing with the making of the declarations heretofore prescribed by sections 2 and 3 of the M1Clerical Subscription Act 1865 (declarations known as “the declaration against simony” and “the stipendiary curate’s declaration”), the reading of the form called Si Quis and the certification thereof, the exhibiting of Letters Testimonial, and the issue of deeds of institution and Letters Mandatory and mandates for induction.
(2)Subsection (1) above shall not apply in relation to any declaration of assent to the doctrine of the Church of England which by any Canon made in pursuance of section 2 of the M2Church of England (Worship and Doctrine) Measure 1974 any person is required to make on any occasion.
(3)Section 3 of the Submission of the M3Clergy Act 1533 (which provides that no Canons shall be contrary to the Royal Prerogative or the customs, laws or statutes of this realm) shall not apply to any rule of ecclesiastical law relating to any matter for which provision may be made by Canon in pursuance of this section.
(4)In this section “ordination” includes consecration as a bishop; and “admission” to an office includes every step in the procedure by which a person comes into full possession of the office.
(5)The power to make Canons in pursuance of this section shall be exercisable before the day on which this Measure comes into operation, but no such Canon shall come into operation before that day.
(6)If a Canon made in pursuance of this section dispenses with the making of the declarations mentioned in subsection (1) above, then, on the day on which that Canon comes into operation the enactments specified in Part I of the Schedule to this Measure shall be repealed to the extent specified in column 3 of that Schedule.
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