Roman Catholic Archbishop and Bishops
of Ceylon Ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Incorporation of Roman Catholic Archbishop and Bishops.

3. Incorporation of the Bishop of Chilaw.

3A. Incorporation of the Bishop of Badulla.

3B. Incorporation of the Bishop of Mannar and the Bishop of Anuradhapura.

3C. Incorporation of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kurunegala.

3D. Incorporation of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ratnapura.

4. Vesting of property.

5. Vesting of property in the Bishop of Chilaw.

5A. Vesting of property in the Bishop of Badulla.

5B. Vesting of property in the Bishop of Mannar and the Bishop of Anuradhapura.

5C. Vesting of property in the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kurunegala.

5D. Vesting of property in the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ratnapura.

6. Stamp duty on conveyances.

7. Vacancies in see.

8. Saving of rights of the Republic.

19 of 1906,

24 of 1943,

28 of 1980,

27 of 1985,

7 of 1991,

19 of 2000,

30 of 2014.

AN ORDINANCE for the Incorporation of the Roman Catholic archbishop and bishops in Sri Lanka.

[Date of Commencement: 28th March, 1906]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Roman Catholic Archbishop and Bishops of Ceylon Ordinance.

2. Incorporation of Roman Catholic Archbishop and Bishops.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop and Bishops of Ceylon, with the Most Reverend Antony Coudert, Archbishop of Colombo; the Right Reverend Clement Pagnani, Bishop of Kandy; the Right Reverend Henry Joulain, Bishop of Jaffna; the Right Reverend Joseph Van Reeth, Bishop of Galle; and the Right Reverend Charles Lavigne, Bishop of Trincomalee, and their respective successors duly appointed according to the laws and usages of the Roman Catholic Church, shall each be independently from another one corporate body, and shall for all the purposes of this Ordinance, have respectively the names of the Archbishop of Colombo, the Bishop of Kandy, the Bishop of Jaffna, the Bishop of Galle, and the Bishop of Trincomalee, and by these respective names they shall have perpetual succession, and shall have full power to acquire, purchase, take, hold and enjoy movable and immovable property of every description, and to sell or otherwise dispose of the same, and may sue and be sued in respect of such property in all Courts of Justice.

3. Incorporation of the Bishop of Chilaw.

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Chilaw, with the Right Reverend Edmund Peiris, and his successors duly appointed according to the laws and usages of the Roman Catholic Church, shall be a body corporate and shall, for all the purposes of this Ordinance, have the name of the Bishop of Chilaw, and by such name shall have perpetual succession and shall have full power to acquire, purchase, take, hold and enjoy movable and immovable property of every description and to sell or otherwise dispose of the same, and may sue or be sued in respect of such property in all Courts of Justice.

3A. Incorporation of the Bishop of Badulla.

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