The House of Bishops has learned with deep dismay that the South African Government two weeks ago further outlawed virtually all expression of dissent from its apartheid policy by banning eighteen organizations and two black newspapers and by arresting and banning numerous individuals. By this act, the South Afican Government has demonstrated yet again its total defiance of Christian convictions within and outside the country. Legislation now before the South African Parliament will also drastically curtail and control the provision of welfare and support to those in need.
Our Church of the Province of South Africa has long made clear its detestation of apartheid and the repressive laws which go with it. The stand taken during the past nearly thirty years by leaders like De Blank, Reeves, Crowther, Huddleston, Winter and Good is clear witness to it. The House of Bishops is appalled at this increase of rule by decree, and at the further denial of human rights for the great majority of the people of South Africa, by a Government which has made a total travesty of its claim to be ruling in the name of Christian civilization. In our view, opposition can only be effective by the isolation of that government at all levels. The House of Bishops calls on the Canadian Government, which with other western nations continues to sustain the apartheid system through extensive economic, diplomatic (and in some cases military) links, to sever all connection with the South African Government until apartheid is eradicated.
That a seat on the floor of the House, in all sittings be extended to the following persons: The Rt. Rev. R.H. Gooden, S.T.D., Bishop of Panama, Canal Zone; G/C the Ven. E.S. Light; The Ven. E.H. Sheppard, Canon A.H. Davis. Canon K.H.M. Creal, Canon W.E. Hobbs, Rev. M.P. Wilkinson, Rev. Dr. T.M.B. Parkerm Rev. Dr. T.R. Millman, Rev. A.G. Baker, Rev. R.S.C. Grigg, and Capt. E.T.C. Orde.
"And that the courtesies of the House, as defined by the Rule of Order 9A, Section 2, be accorded the following persons for the sitting during the presentation of the report of any committee of which they are members: The Very Rev. W. Sewell, the Ven. T.W. Wilkinson, the Rev. Frank Peake, the Rev. Canon J.H. Craig, Rev. Dr. Roland Hill, Mrs. D.E. Cuming, Mrs. E.R. Bagley, Mrs. J.D. Scott, Mr. S.C. Evans, Mr. T.W. Kober, Canon M.C. Robinson, Canon Trevor Jones, Canon E.W. Scott, Canon G.H. Tucker, Rev. Dr. A.N. Thompson, Rev. M.A. Stephens, Rev. P. Jefferson, Rev. H.G. Macdonald, Mr. Eric Freeman, Mr. H.H. Gordon, Mr. W.B. King, and Miss Nora Lee. Carried.
That the minutes of the Executive Council, held in Banff, October 7 to 11, 1963, as duly certified by the Committee appointed, and printed and distributed to all members of the Council, be confirmed. Carried.
That the Minutes of this annual meeting of the Executive Council be referred to a committee consisting of the General Secretary, the Hon. Clerical Secretary, the Prolocutor, Chancellor Soward, and the Registrar, for examination and approval before printing for publication. CARRIED
That the Report of the Consolidated Trust Fund, with the financial statements attached, and the Auditors' Report, be received. CARRIED
Moved by Chancellor Soward, seconded by Capt. E.T.C. Orde, That this Executive Council of the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada expresses its sincere sorrow at the sudden death of Robin Lionel Crombie, who since January 1, 1955 had served the General Synod as its Honorary Treasurer with great ability and faithfulness. For many years Mr. Crombie was a lay member of the Synod of Toronto, serving on its Executive Committee, its Finance and Investment Committees. To the deliberations of these several bodies Mr. Crombie, with his genial and engaging personality, brought singular gifts of sound judgment, devotion and self-sacrificing willingness. When called upon to accept the post of Honorary Treasurer of General Synod, he accepted in a spirit of devotion to his Church which is an example to all of us. During his tenure of office great developments in co-ordinating the financial administration of Church House took place and Mr. Crombie's wide business experience was of inestimable value in bringing about these changes.
We thank God for his life of devotion, service and witness and we extend to Mrs. Crombie and his grandson our deep and warm sympathy in their great sorrow.
The motion was CARRIED and memorial prayers were said by the Primate.
That the Report of the Board of Finance, with the financial statements attached, and the Auditors' Report, be adopted. CARRIED
Chancellor Soward and the Registrar spoke on the matter of the management, custody and the oversight of the Consolidated Trust Fund. They brought to the attention of the Executive Council that, following the most careful consideration, and after reviewing tenders from six of the leading Canadian Trust Companies, the Board of Finance had decided to engage the Royal Trust Company to act as custodian and administrator of the assets of the Consolidated Trust Fund. It was also made clear that the employment of the Trust Company would not eliminate the office of the Honorary Treasurer or the Advisory Investment Committee. Steps would be taken at an early date to secure a successor to the late R.L. Crombie.