Questions sometimes arise about authorization to minister, including the conditions that apply to visiting clergy, to unlicensed lay people carrying out various ministerial duties, and to clergy or readers holding or wishing to obtain the Archbishop’s Permission to Officiate (PTO) in the Diocese of York.

The Archbishop has issued guidance (March 2019) to clarify a number of relevant points. All clergy, and churchwardens in vacant parishes, are asked to familiarise themselves with the content.