Bishop Frame presented a report from his Committee, the bishops in British Columbia. (See Appendix A for Recommendations). There was some feeling that what was recommended was already being done so far as additional ministries are concerned. The possibility of introducing "eucharistizers" was discussed at some length. In summarising the Report, the Primate said it picks up the focal point of episcopacy and affirms "oversight" as the work of the bishop. While the traditional concept is that the Ordained Ministry is life-long, there may be need for greater flexibility required by commissioning people for specific tasks for a specific time. This commissioning comes from the Bishop. There was evidently not enough consensus for a decision at this time on this issue.
"That the Report on the Wider Ordained Ministry (Frame) be received.
That we take note of its appended recommendations and
That we ask the Committee to continue its work and report at our next meeting." CARRIED
Report of House of Bishops' Committee on the Wider Ordained Ministry (December, 1972).
That this House of Bishops, appreciating the traditional understanding of Ordination in the Catholic Church and yet realizing the need for making available the fulness of Christ's ministry in and by the whole Church, authorizes and empowers the Bishops of the Church to commission persons to supplementary ministries for specific tasks and for limited periods of time after due inquiry and proper preparation of those to be commissioned.
In this way, the whole Laos of God may be seen to share more fully in such ministerial functions as the following: liturgical, educational, administration, evangelistic, pastoral, healing, etc.
The establishment of such supplementary ministries does not in any way limit the present authority of a Bishop to ordain as Deacons or Priests postulants for specific, permanent ministries who will continue in secular callings.
"That the Report of the Task Force on Episcopacy be referred to the Provinces to be source material for them to use in response to National Executive Council's request to the Metropolitans to consider Provincial and Diocesan boundaries and inter-diocesan co-operation." CARRIED