Church of Ceylon (Incorporation) act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. The constitution of the Church of Ceylon.

3. Church of Ceylon deemed to be a continuation of and identical with the Church of England in Ceylon.

4. Power to hold General Assemblies.

5. Holding of Diocesan Councils.

6. Bishop of a Diocese to be a body corporate,

7. Incorporated Trustees.

8. Constitution of the Church of Ceylon to have binding effect.

9. Variation of territorial limits of a Diocese.

10. Constitution, Canons and Rules of the province apply.

11. Holding the first General Assembly.

12. Constituent Assembly.

13. Duty of the Constituent Assembly.

14. Interpretation.

15. Repeal and savings

16. Saving of the rights of the Republic and others.

17. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

43 of 1998.

AN ACT to provide for the administration and regulation of the Church of Ceylon; for the incorporation of the Bishop of every Diocese; for the incorporation of the trustees of the Church of Ceylon; for the repeal of the Church of England Ordinance, the Episcopal Churches Ordinance and the Church of Ceylon Act, No. 6 of 1972 and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 6th August, 1998]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Church of Ceylon (Incorporation) Act.

2. The constitution of the Church of Ceylon.

(1) The Church of Ceylon shall consist of—

(a) the Diocese of Colombo and Bishop of Colombo; and

(b) the diocese of Kurunegala and Bishop of Kurunegala;

(c) such other Dioceses as may be created from time to time in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the Church of Ceylon relating to the same ,and the Bishops appointed for such Dioceses

(2) Where a new Diocese is created under the provisions of the constitution of the Church of Ceylon, the territorial limits of such Diocese shall be defined by setting out the metes and bounds of the areas comprising such Diocese.

3. Church of Ceylon deemed to be a continuation of and identical with the Church of England in Ceylon.

Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Church of Ceylon continuation under this Act shall, for the intents and purposes be deemed to be a continuation of the Church of Ceylon continuation under the Church of Ceylon Act, No 6 of 1972 and identical with the Church of England in Ceylon sometimes called or Known as the—

(a) United Church of England and Ireland;

(b) Episcopal Church in the island of Ceylon;

(c) Church of England in the Dioceses of Colombo and in the Dioceses of Kurunegala; or

(d) Diocese of Colombo of the Ecclesiastical Province of the Church of India, Burma and Ceylon or of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon; or

(e) Diocese of Kurunegala of the Ecclesiastical Province of the Church of India, Burma and Ceylon or of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon,

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