That the following words be added to the end of Paragraph 4, Part I, Canon XXVII:
"except that a Bishop may give permission to a Priest under his licence to act herein without notice, provided that he report actions under this Section to his Bishop as soon as possible." CARRIED in both Houses.
The Secretary then read a letter received from the Secretary of the Heads of College Conference in which appreciation was expressed for the joint meeting held in Scarborough and making certain comments on matters discussed during that meeting.
That the letter submitted by the Heads of Colleges following the meeting of the House of Bishops at Scarborough 1961, be placed as an Appendix to the Minutes of the House of Bishops, September 1961.
[Letter included in electronic database with following resolution.]
That this General Synod, in full recognition of the work done for more than 40 years by the Canadian Sunday School Caravan Mission under the leadership of Miss F.H.E. Hassell, Founder and Hon. Organizer, requests the Primate to arrange for a consultation with her about the future of this work at an early date. CARRIED in both Houses.
It was then decided to consider the question of Church Union in India, Pakistan and Ceylon on a Motion by the Bishop of Calgary seconded by the Bishop of James Bay.
The Primate stated that the Metropolitan of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon had asked the Canadian Church to define its future relationship with that Province if the proposed union in India and Pakistan were carried out. At the request of the Primate, Bishop Snell presented a Memorandum from the Church Relations Committee of General Synod.
MEMORANDUM from the Church Relations Committee of General Synod to the House of Bishops on the subject of the Plan for Church Union in North India and Pakistan.
The Primate invited the Church Relations Committee to give its advice as to what reply should be sent to the Metropolitan of India, who had asked whether, if the North India Plan were implemented, the Anglican Church of Canada would be in Full Communion with the new Church.
The Committee was in some difficulty because of the fact that the collection of documents edited by Bishop Stephen Bayne on this subject was not generally available, and that most of the members of the Committee therefore had to rely on such older documents as were in their possession. The Committee discussed aspects of the Plan at length and suggested that the form of reply from the Primate might be a letter, of a more or less personal character, saying that he had discussed the matter with the Bishops, but that a final decision on the subject could only be reached by General Synod. The Committee also feels the difficulty of making firm decisions on a matter which is still undecided, and in which changes could still take place which might make relations either easier or more difficult.
The Committee wishes, however, to convey to the House of Bishops its hesitations on a number of points which it thinks it desirable to convey to the authorities of the Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon. They are divided into the three categories of Doctrine, Practice and the Unification of the Ministry.
The accepted basis for relations between the Church of Canada and other Churches is the Bonn agreement of 1931 with the Old Catholics. This has been both accepted and used by the Canadian Church in such relations. This agreement is as follows:
1. Each Communion recognizes the catholicity and independence of the other and maintains its own.
2. Each Communion agrees to admit members of the other Communion to participate in the Sacraments.
3. Intercommunion does not require from either Communion the acceptance of all doctrinal opinion, sacramental devotion, or liturgical practice characteristic of the other, but implies that each believes the other to hold all the essentials of the Christian Faith.
Doctrine: The Committee took note of the term of the Lambeth Quadrilateral which requires the use of the Nicene or Apostles' Creed "as the Baptismal Confession of belief". It notes that this is lacking in the Plan. It was also uneasy about the inclusion of a number of Reformation Confessional documents as permissive bases for the instruction of members of the new Church. These documents contain statements at variance with one another and at variance with traditional Anglican teaching. The Committee felt that unity in Faith should have more emphasis than it appeared to have received hitherto.
Bishop Bayne draws attention to two other doctrinal points, noticed by the Lambeth Conference. First the description of Baptism as a 'sign' without the use of the word 'effectual'; and secondly, the ambiguity of the use of the word 'member' of the Church.
Practice: The Committee thinks that the use of sprinkling in Baptism is unsatisfactory and ought to be changed. It did not discuss the ordination of women.
Unification of the Ministry. The Committee wishes to draw attention to the views of Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, who is strongly opposed to the use of "Supplemental Ordination", such as is proposed for North India. (2nd edition of "The Reunion of the Church", introductory remarks.) The Committee endorses the hesitations expressed by the Lambeth Conference on this subject.
It therefore suggests that a reply be sent expressing uncertainty at present on the above grounds, stating that no positive decision is possible until matters are clearer.
December 14, 1960.
That the Memorandum of the Church Relations Committee of the General Synod be received. CARRIED
A Motion by the Bishop of Huron seconded by the Bishop of Brandon asking the Primate to appoint a Primate's Commission on Theological Education and Training for the Ministry was deferred until a later stage in the proceedings when it was replaced by an Amendment from the Bishop of New Westminster.
That the Primate be respectfully requested to appoint a Committee of Bishops
(1) to review the needs and opportunities of the Church for the Ministry;
(2) to consider standards of theological education;
(3) to survey the economy and the finances of the present facilities;
(4) to study the relationship between diocesan bishops and Colleges and their reciprocal responsibilities; and
(5) to present to this House principles and proposals for the future development and assistance towards an effective plan of theological education and training for the ministry for the ministry for the whole Canadian Church. CARRIED.