Canonical obedience

submission to the canons of a church, especially the submission of the inferior clergy to their bishops, and of other religious orders to their superiors.
See under Canonical.

See also: canonic, Obedience

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She spoke to affirm and declare her belief in the faith and swore oaths of allegiance and canonical obedience.
It has led to the assumption that if only the leaders of these congregations had exercised their proper role in calling their sisters to canonical obedience, the decline of religious life would never have happened.
Kunonga, having severed his allegiance and cast aside his canonical obedience to be bound by the laws of the province, which includes the diocese of Harare, has ceased to be a member of the diocese, and is no longer the bishop of the diocese," said a statement signed by 14 bishops in the Anglican province.
It becomes much more difficult when you have women bishops because oaths of canonical obedience may have to be made to someone you don't recognise as a bishop.