PM5442: Some questions regarding the auxiliary ecclesiae

Q. Is a person permitted to be simultaneously a member of multiple auxiliary ecclesia?
A. In general, it is permissible but discouraged. Every member of an auxiliary ecclesia is expected to subscribe to the distinctive doctrines of that auxiliary ecclesia; while it may be possible to do so with respect to several auxiliary ecclesia simultaneously, there may be various conflicts between their respective doctrines which render such a position difficult or impossible. An exception to this exists with respect to the holy Prophet of the Central Vessel, who is, ex officio, a member of every auxiliary ecclesia, holding the rank of Visitor; and with respect to the Appointed Successor thereto, who likewise is, ex officio, a member of every auxiliary ecclesia, holding the rank of Deputy Visitor. However, unlike the norm for memebers of an auxiliary ecclesia, the Visitor and Deputy Visitor are not required to adhere to the distinctive doctrines of the auxiliary ecclesia.

Q. May an auxiliary ecclesia have distinctive doctrines?
A. Yes it may. It is required that none of its doctrines are in conflict with those of the Central Vessel; but it may require of its members that they believe certain things which the Central Vessel does not require them to believe, so long as the Central Vessel does not require them to not believe those things.

Q. Must an auxiliary ecclesia require its members to believe every doctrine taught by the Central Vessel?
A. It need not; while the ordained ministers and officers of the auxiliary ecclesia must be members of the Central Vessel, and thus are required to believe all those things; yet the ordinary members of the Central Vessel need not be members of the Central Vessel, and thus are not required to believe those things.

Q. Must an auxiliary ecclesia require its members to believe regarding morality what the Central Vessel teaches?
A. In matters of morals, whatever the Central Vessel teaches to be gravely immoral, the auxiliary ecclesia must all teach the same.
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