National Legal Counsel

Since the introduction of the new AOH membership application, I have had a few questions about the requirements for membership.

Article IV Section 1 of the National Constitution, letter “C”, reads: “Be a practicing Catholic”. The “Roman” has been removed. It was done to make sure that anyone otherwise eligible who belongs to one of the Churches in Communion with the Church of Rome with the Holy Father as supreme Pontiff is eligible for membership. There are about 24 different Rites in the Catholic Church.

Also, letter “F”, of the same Section of Article IV reads: “Adopted legally by those of Irish ancestry”. Thus an adopted son of a person who was otherwise eligible is now eligible if he meets the other qualifications for membership.

I hope this answers the questions regarding the new application for membership. If there still are questions, I’d be happy to answer them.