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The bishop may authorize a temporary inhibition of a priest or deacon who is charged with an offense or serious acts that would constitute grounds for a canonical Charge of an Offense. After allegations of the commission of an offense have been made to the ecclesiastical authority, or after Charges of an Offense have been filed, the accused member of the clergy may voluntarily submit to the discipline of the church prior to an ecclesiastical trial. The consent of the ecclesiastical authority is required. The canons also include provisions for renunciation of the ordained ministry by members of the clergy who may be charged with an offense. The canons make detailed provisions concerning ecclesiastical presentments, courts, trials, appeals, and remissions or modifications of judicial sentences. The three sentences that may be adjudged by an ecclesiastical trial court and imposed by the bishop are admonition, suspension, or deposition. 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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