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7.1 The sexual conduct of clergy and church workers has a significant impact on the Church and the community.
7.2 Sexuality is a gift from God and is integral to human nature. It is appropriate for clergy and church workers to value this gift, taking responsibility for their sexual conduct by maintaining chastity in singleness and faithfulness in marriage.
7.3 It is part of the role of clergy and church workers to care for, protect and respect all with whom they have a pastoral relationship. It is never appropriate for clergy and church workers to take advantage of their role to engage in sexual activity with a person with whom they have a pastoral relationship. Consent to such activity will not be regarded by the Church as valid, except within marriage.
These standards state the Church’s expectations for personal behaviour and the practice of pastoral ministry.
7.4 You are to be chaste and not engage in sex outside of marriage.
7.5 You are not to:
These guidelines explain and illustrate best practice and highlight practical ways to achieve it.
7.6 If you intend to make physical contact with another adult or speak to them about a sexual matter you should:
7.7 You should avoid situations where you are vulnerable to temptation or where your conduct may be construed as a breach of the standards of sexual conduct in this Code.
7.8 Any involvement in pastoral ministry to persons in the sex industry requires safeguards and a high level of accountability and collegial support. If in pastoral ministry you intend to visit people or places associated with the sex industry, you should:
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