That we express to the Acting Primate our appreciation of his general and efficient chairmanship; to the Bishop of Niagara, our thanks for his careful concern in making arrangements for our meetings in Niagara Falls; to the General Secretary, our thanks for his services; to the Rev. Canon J.T. Hesketh, of Christ Church, Niagara Falls, our appreciation for his help, and also to the Secretaries of the House of Bishops, our thanks. CARRIED
A motion to adjourn was accepted and the Chairman closed with the blessing.
The Bishop Ordinary (Appleyard) presented a Statement of Policy based on a review of the relationship between the Chaplaincy Service and the House of Bishops. This was the outcome of a request from the last meeting that the Bishop Ordinary and the Bishop of Ontario should present some suggestions. Bishop Appleyard stated that the chaplains are most anxious not to sever their connection with their home diocese. Discussion followed and, with a slight amendment to the Statement, which is in Appendix A, the following motion was put: -
"That this House approves the amended Statement of Policy submitted re Chaplains serving in the Armed Forces." CARRIED
REVIEW OF THE RELATIONSHIP
THE CHAPLAIN SERVICE and the HOUSE OF BISHOPS
STATEMENT OF POLICY
In the light of the development of this area of the Church's work over the years, the following statement of policy is submitted for the consideration of the House.
(1) A priest going in to full-time ministry in the Canadian Forces Chaplain Service shall be recognized as serving in a special, and in some ways, unique area of ministry and administration.
(2) A chaplain will be retained on the clergy list of his home diocese as "On Leave to the Canadian Forces Chaplain Service".
(3) A letter of Transfer will be issued by the Bishop of his home diocese to the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces as follows:
"I hereby certify that the Rev. A.B., having with my consent accepted a commission as a Chaplain in Her Majesty's Canadian Forces is in good standing and I hereby transfer him to your episcopal jurisdiction during his time of service".
(4) The Bishop Ordinary, before issuing a licence for a chaplain to minister in the Armed Forces shall require from him "the usual oaths and subscriptions, and declaration of submission to the Canons of General Synod and those of the Provincial and Diocesan Synods where he may from time to time be stationed. (Canon XVIII)
(5) Bishops and chaplains are urged to maintain as fully as possible a link of communication and concern between the chaplain and his home diocese.
(The intention is the same as in the policy adopted by the House of Bishops in 1963 with respect to overseas missionaries (1963 Minutes, p. 6) "That continuing identification be established between his Canadian diocese and the overseas missionary priest during his period of overseas service and on his return to Canada:".)
(6) Chaplains are to be encouraged to contact the bishop in whose diocese they may serve from time to time. Bishops are encouraged to incorporate such chaplains into the clerical fellowship of the diocese in such ways as may be possible, i.e. Deanery Clericus, etc. The Bishop Ordinary shall notify diocesan bishops of the appointment of chaplains to serve in Canadian Forces formations located within their dioceses, and also when they are posted away from such formations.
(7) On the completion of his period of service on the Armed Forces the chaplain shall be given assistance a may be possible by the Bishop Ordinary in finding an opportunity to continue his ministry in a suitable appointment. At that time if the chaplain receives an appointment in a diocese the Bishop Ordinary shall issue a Letter of Transfer to the Diocesan Bishop from whom the original Letter of Transfer was received.
(8) On completion of his period of service in the Armed Forces if the chaplain does not receive ecclesiastical appointment his name shall be retained by the Bishop Ordinary on the Clergy List of the Chaplains Service as "retired".
(9) Any diocesan benefits accruing to the chaplain for years of service in his home diocese, including leave of absence for service in "Her Majesty's Armed Forces" will be governed by the Canon of said diocese.
Because of the possibility of the Press being present at meetings of the House, a further resolution was put:
That the Agenda Committee, in planning for future meetings, be requested to arrange the Agenda so that appropriate subjects be dealt with in sittings that are open to the Press, and that subjects that would be better discussed in confidence be assigned to "in camera" sittings. CARRIED
"That the Minutes of the 1969 meeting, subject to the addition of the word 'not' in Item xxxii in "Continuing Education for Clergy", so as to read "will not be Chairman", be adopted as printed and circulated." CARRIED
At this point, the General Secretary of General Synod, Archdeacon E.S. Light, was called in to speak on an invitation from the National Defence College in Kingston, for someone representing the Church to attend a six-months course which was to begin in September. There was some discussion about details and the Chairman asked the Bishop of Ontario to give consideration to the invitation and to suggest appropriate action. Bishop Creegan reported back on Saturday afternoon, stating that while the invitation was appreciated, he thought it would be difficult to justify an expenditure of six to ten thousand dollars which would be necessary to provide the stipend and living expenses during the course. The Bishop undertook to see Rear Admiral Davis, from whom the invitation had come, and to explain the situation to him. He would also inform Archdeacon Light of the decision.
That this House of Bishops are not prepared to nominate anyone for the D.N.D. Course at this time. CARRIED