Discussion took place about the re-examination of the statement on the common cup (this was due to a concern expressed because of the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis "B" in society today).
Some members suggested that a new statement would risk sending an unintentioned message to the constituency. It was agreed that TB is of growing concern and would warrant a re-investigation about the tradition of the common cup. However, AIDS is not (a concern), and any new statement would have to be clear about the distinction. It was agreed that the national Doctrine and Worship Committee together with the library would be requested to prepare a summary of contemporary material for the House of Bishops for its consideration.
That the Doctrine and Worship Committee draft a summary of recent literature regarding the use of the Common Cup and report back to the House of Bishops. CARRIED
Bishop Collings requested guidance from the House on a particular point in the Rupert's Land "Handbook for Bishops" which states in section II that "...the bishop-elect must be a priest of not less than five years' standing, and...". Bishop Collings explained that there was someone in his diocese who has been ordained for less than five years, who he thought would make a good candidate, and who would be of support to the House. There was discussion about whether or not an exception could be made. It was agreed that it would be the Metropolitan who would be the one to determine whether or not an exception could be made.
Moved by: Bishop Collings
Seconded by: Bishop Allan
That this House put the word "normally" in section II to read: "The bishop-elect should normally be a priest of not less than five years' standing, and..."
There was further discussion and it was thought by some that "...and must be at least 30 years of age" should be added to the motion.
Moved by: Bishop Finlay
Seconded by: Bishop Asbil
That the motion be tabled until morning. CARRIED
Archbishop Jones said he believed that there was a need to have a number of candidates for the position of bishop. Canonically, the provincial canons govern the province, while the guidelines assist in the direction.
The next morning the following motion was put on the floor.
That the bishop-elect should normally be a priest of not less than five years' standing and must be at least 30 years of age; of good character, piety, learning; with a zeal for souls, prudence; sound in health of body and mind. CARRIED