On Friday morning, December 8th there was further discussion on the Statement presented by Bishop Short relative to the procedures in dealing with the decision of the House. This resulted in the following motion.
"That the Primate be responsible for a Press release as soon as is advisable." CARRIED
(The new Canon (B.15A) of the Church of England 1972 is in Appendix B).
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
Canon B. 15 A
Of the Admission to Holy Communion
1. There shall be admitted to the Holy Communion:
(a) Members of the Church of England who have been confirmed in accordance with the rites of that Church or are ready and desirous to be so confirmed or who have been otherwise episcopally confirmed with unction or with the laying on of hands, except as provided by the next following Canon:
(b) Baptized persons who are communicant members of other Churches which subscribe to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and who are in good standing in their own Church;
(c) Any other baptized person authorized to be admitted under regulations of the General Synod; and
(d) Any baptized person in immediate danger of death.
2. If any person by virtue of sub-paragraph (b) above regularly received the Holy Communion over a long period which appears likely to continue indefinitely, the minister shall set before him the normal requirements of the Church of England for communicant status in that Church.
3. Where any minister is in doubt as to the application of this Canon, he shall refer the matter to the Bishop of the Diocese or other Ordinary and follow his guidance thereon.
The Primate introduced a letter from the General Secretary of General Synod containing a motion passed at the recent meeting of the National Executive Council.
"Be it resolved that:
The National Executive Council ask the House of Bishops to issue a statement:
1. enabling the local bishop to authorize ministers of other denominations to act as his representatives in matters pastoral and sacramental. (This was dealt with under Section (xlvi) Recognition of Ministers).
2. allowing Anglicans according to their own conscience, to receive the sacramental ministrations of other Christian traditions."
The House broke into groups for discussion on the second request and re-assembled at 10:15 a.m. Group reports were presented and after some discussion it was decided to withhold any action until a copy of the new Canon promulgated by the Church of England on this subject was available. The topic was resumed on Wednesday afternoon and the following motions were put to the House.
"That an editorial committee be appointed by the House to deal with the reports from the groups and the English Canon." CARRIED
"Moved by Bishop Goodman (Calgary)
Seconded by Bishop Maguire (Montreal)
"That the five bishops who reported for the groups form the Editorial Committee." CARRIED
The Secretary spoke of a letter he had written to the members some time ago regarding the disposal of episcopal robes of deceased members. He mentioned that several robes of the late Archbishop Sexton were available. Newly elected bishops often found it costly to purchase new robes and the Primate had suggested that a depository might be found in Church House.
"That episcopal robes and other episcopal regalia no longer required be sent to a place to be identified by the Primate." CARRIED