All matters relating to the temporal and not the spiritual administration of this Church and which are not enumerated above are within the domain of all three houses acing together.
The Secretary of the General Synod will then tally the final vote of each house and make a determination as to the conclusive results of all three votations, and will convey the result to the members of General Synod at the next joint plenary session.
For the passage of an action covered above, at least two of the three houses of General Synod must have passed the action in their respective houses by a required two-thirds affirmative vote. Failure to obtain the necessary two-thirds vote in two of the three houses of General Synod will result in the action being considered as having been defeated.
Nothing in the Canons is to be interpreted as precluding the right of any house of General Synod to request a consultative vote (not a deliberative vote) from any other house(s) of the General Synod.
A consultative vote is a vote taken to secure information, opinion, or attitude towards the question being posed or considered. A deliberative vote is a necessary vote taken to render a binding decision.
All matters relating to the Sacraments or the Liturgical and Spiritual Life of this Church are solely within the domain of the Collegium, in consultation with the Senatus, to render either interpretations or decisions.
The General Synod will be held every six years on the call of the Primate, or in his absence or inability, by the senior active bishop of this Church. Ninety days notice to all Dioceses and personnel concerned will be mandatory. The time and place will be set for the second Thursday, Friday and Saturday of May of the designated year. The location will be determined by, and at the discretion of the previous synod.
The Opening Service of General Synod shall always be a Pontifical High Mass of the Holy Ghost, celebrated by the Primate or a Bishop designated by him. If there is to be a sermon, some noteworthy Priest may be designated to deliver the same.
The Solemn Pontifical Mass and a corporate Communion of the Bishops, Clergy, Lay Delegates and Members attending, demonstrating thereby a unity of Faith, purpose and loyalty, shall always be the principal religious feature of each and every General Synod.
An agenda will be prepared by the Primatial Chancery Office with the advice of the Primate, the College of Bishops and the Synodical Council, and must be forwarded thirty days prior to the opening of the Synod, to all Clergy, parishes, missions, etc.
An Extraordinary or Special Synod may be called into session by the Primate, after consulting with the College of Bishops and the Synodical Council, when in his judgment matters of importance require the attention of a Special Synod.
An Extraordinary or Special Synod shall not be called into session too often, nor more frequently than once in the same calendar year as the regular Sexennial General Synod.
To exceed this regulation, the unanimous consent of the College of Bishops and the Synodical Council shall be required.
Delegates to the General Synod will consist of two Deacons, two Priests and the Ordinary of each Diocese of this Church, in good canonical standing, together with two perpetually professed Religious resident in each said diocese and two lay diocesan delegates, all of whom, excepting the Ordinary, will be elected by the members of the Diocesan Synod.
The Ordinary of each Diocese shall notify the Primatial Office in writing, no less than sixty days prior to the opening of the Synod, of the names of all clerical and lay delegates from his diocese, certifying that each parish or mission, cleric and layperson so named is in canonical good standing within his diocese, and will request Delegates Warrants for each person so named.
The Superior of each Religious Community of this Church will also notify the Primatial Office in writing, no less than sixty days prior to the opening of the Synod, of the names of all the perpetually professed religious delegates of their respective communities, certifying that they are all in good canonical standing within the community, and will request Delegates Warrants for each Religious so named.
The Primatial Office shall, not less than forty-five days prior to the opening of the Synod, forward to the Ordinary or Superior, the Delegates Warrants corresponding to the previously received request.
No delegate, clerical, religious or lay, shall be seated at Synod with vote, unless in possession of a valid Delegates Warrant issued and signed by the Primatial Office.
Any delegate, clerical, religious or lay, and any diocese which neglects the obligation to be present at Synod, and has not been excused by the Primate, shall be subject to canonical censures and penalties to be determined by the Primate in consultation with the College of Bishops and the Synodical Council.
For an Extraordinary or Special Synod the appropriate times and deadlines will be reduced from 90, 60, 45, and 30 days. The new times and deadlines will be established as: 60, 45, 30 and 20 respectively.