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Constitutional Interpretation

Advisory Opinions


Standing Rule G.2.e provides that the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly shall "give advisory opinions concerning the meaning of the provisions of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." Through Advisory Opinions (AOs) the Stated Clerk offers a well-researched opinion and careful analysis on a provision or interpretation of the Constitution that is not clearly defined in the church’s life. It should be noted that Advisory Opinions are just that, opinions, and they are neither authoritative nor binding upon the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).