That in the opinion of this House, and during the immediate interim, for a bishop to delegate his prerogative of participation in Christian Initiation by the laying-on-of-hands would not constitute an anomaly impossible to comprehend in our collegiality.
Bishop W. Robinson, on behalf of the Sub-Committee, responded to the following extract from the Minutes of the meeting of the House of Bishops of 1972, page 16:
"(xx) MARRIAGE IN OTHER THAN CHURCH BUILDINGS
Bishop Bagnall and his Co-adjutor asked for the opinion of the House on officiating at marriages held other than in the Church building. Requests for this had come from sincere Church members who felt that as we do not always hold services of the Holy Communion in a church it should be possible to have a wedding in their garden or home. In the discussion which followed it was stated that the Prayer Book and Marriage Canon require 'the body of the church'. No wedding legally can really be private. This would not be the case if it were held on the property of one of the families concerned. It was felt the church is the place of the Christian community and that all weddings should take place in it thus providing the same service for rich and poor. Bishop Bagnall thanked the House for its guidance."
(1) The above minute does not record what appears to have been represented as a "ruling", but only states an opinion.
(2) The words of the minute place in quotation marks, "the body of the church" are quoted out of context with respect to both documents, namely the Book of Common Prayer and Canon XXI, and will not bear the meaning imposed upon them in the above minute in either document.
(3) The phrase, "sufficient cause" provides leeway for a rector to use his discretion with respect to the place of wedding.
That this matter be placed on the table until the Bishop of Ontario should be present. CARRIED
Forms of Marriage Service
It was agreed that the Sub-Committee of the Doctrine and Worship Committee working on the Marriage Service be asked to work on a firm form of Service with definite alternatives that could be used, and also that this Sub-Committee be requested to set forth what are the essentials of a marriage ceremony and to provide appropriate wording.
Archbishop Hiltz shared some of the observations made by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Pastoral Visitors about their time with the Canadian bishops.
Bishop Bruce distributed a report from the Anglican Communion Working Group. He reviewed it. Discussion followed.
“This House of Bishops recommend to the Council of General Synod that the final text of ‘The Covenant for the Anglican Communion’ be presented to General Synod 2010 for consideration by The Anglican Church of Canada.”
Bishop Chapman, chair of the Theological Education Working Group lead the session about the National Theological Education Gathering that had preceded the House of Bishops’ meeting. The conference on theological education was held from January 5 to (the afternoon of) January 7 at Manoir d’Youville in Chateuaguay, Quebec. He told the bishops that the planning committee was in the midst of drafting a report from the conference. The final report will be sent to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, in March to the Council of General Synod and in June to General Synod. Bishop Chapman shared a few of the points and recommendations that would be in the final report. They included:
- A request to the Primate to establish a Commission on Theological Education (transmiteral, transformation and education)
- A recommendation for consideration to be given to the idea of having a national faculty
- A recommendation that there should be some method of having a national scholarship for theological education
- A suggestion that theological education should be seen as one of the General Synod’s priorities
- A request from the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO) Secretaries to have a task force established to update the ACPO Handbook
“Be it resolved that the House of Bishops create a task force to update the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO) Handbook and report back to the House of Bishops’ meeting in October 2010.”
CARRIED HB Res-002-01-10
Discussion followed. It was noted that the Commission on Theological Education will have a lot of work to do. The Primate was asked to make the people he appointed to the commission aware that it would require a heavy time commitment of them.
Bishop Short reported that a revised burial office would go to General Synod for consideration and recommendation.
"That a representative of this House should move, at the meeting of the General Synod, the following motion:
`That the Resolution from the Doctrine and Worship Committee in regard to the Burial Office, be amended by the deletion of the words, "approves it as an alternative to the Prayer Book order, where authorized by the Bishop.", and the substitution of the words, "requests further study and written comment be made to the Doctrine and Worship Committee with a view to revision prior to any publication".' CARRIED
"That a representative of this House should move, at the meeting of the General Synod, the following motion: 'That revision of the Terms of Reference of the Doctrine and Worship Committee be deferred pending larger discussions on the relationship between the Committees, the General Synod and the House of Bishops.'" CARRIED
On behalf of the Agenda Committee, Bishop Snowden suggested that a meeting be held February 5-7, 1980. It was suggested that the Reverend Peter Jagger, Warden of St. Deiniol's Library, be invited to lead a forum on Christian Initiation, and that there be a special emphasis on continuing education and learning opportunities at this meeting. It was suggested, also, that there be a meeting of the House immediately prior to General Synod, 1980, to be held as close to Peterborough as possible
"That there be a meeting of the House of Bishops from noon, Monday, June 9th until, Friday, June 13th, 1980". CARRIED
The Primate reported that he had received a request from the producers of "Man Alive" that they be permitted to tape the presentation of Bishop Ting.
"That CBC "Man Alive" staff be allowed to be present during Bishop Ting's presentation, and that they be permitted to record his speech." [Resolution does not include the notation CARRIED. Status unclear.]