That the words contained in the proposed amendment to Part IV, Section 4 of Canon XXVII following the words "this part" in line 3 hereof be deleted and the following words substituted therefor: "the Bishop shall permit the marriage to be solemnized in a church to be designated by him after consultation with the incumbent in charge."
The amendment thus reads:
"(D) If the incumbent of a parish declines for reasons of conscience to solemnize the marriage of a parishioner in his parish pursuant to permission given under this Part, the Bishop shall permit the marriage to be solemnized in a church to be designated by him after consultation with the incumbent in charge."
The amendment to the amendment was CARRIED in both Houses. Notice of Motion 23(a) as amended was CARRIED in both Houses.
This General Synod now assembled in Joint Session expresses to His Grace, the Most Reverend Philip Carrington, M.A., D.Litt., D.C.L., S.T.D., D.D., our deep gratitude for his leadership during his term of office as Acting Primate and for the guidance he so ably gave whilst presiding over us in the earlier sessions.
We acknowledge with deep appreciation those brilliant gifts which have been so generously used in the service of the Church, and which have gained him world-wide eminence.
We have been enriched by his wisdom and his understanding of the work and the problems of the Church. We are proud of those qualities which have enhanced the dignity and honour of the great heritage of the Faith he personifies.
We desire to convey to him and to Mrs. Carrington, whose outstanding contribution in many diverse fields of work has placed us forever in her debt, our warmest felicitations, and to assure them of our love and of our constant prayers for God's blessing in the years to come.
(1) Anglican Co-Director, Anglican-United Conversations (see November minutes, p.6)
The Bishop of New Westminster announced that Canon R.R. Latimer had accepted the appointment as the Anglican Executive Commissioner, to take effect June 1, 1968 or as soon after as his successor is appointed.
Appreciation was expressed to Canon Latimer for assuming this responsibility.
That the National Executive Council confirm the appointment of Canon R.R. Latimer as Executive Commissioner. CARRIED
On it being reported that the Rt. Rev. H.R. Hunt had been approached by the Primate to accept this appointment, the Committee on Christian Unity and the Church Universal had approved the following motions:
(A) That this Committee concurs in the action reported by the Primate concerning the appointment of a Co-Director for the Anglican-United General Commission on Church Union;
(B) That we request the National Executive Council to authorize the Committee associated with the Primate to make an appointment;
(C) That we consider a person in episcopal Orders should be appointed, if possible.
That the National Executive Council gives authority to the Executive Committee on Christian Unity and the Church Universal, in consultation with the Primate, to make the appointment of the Co-Director for the Anglican-United General Commission on Church Union. CARRIED
Although it is hoped that this appointment will be made prior to the next meeting of the General Commission in December, 1967, it is realized that the appointee must be allowed sufficient time to relinquish his present responsibilities.
Section III(a) "The Centennial Anglican Study Tour" was received for information.
Following considerable discussion as to the value of such an award as described in Section III(b), it was moved [and seconded].
That having in mind the comments of this National Executive Council, the matter of the Anglican Award of Merit put forward in Section III(b) of the Memorandum from the Centenary Committee submitted by the Bishop of Red River, be referred back to the Centenary Committee for further consideration. CARRIED
Regarding Section III(c) "Anglican Speakers' Bureau," it was reported that this suggestion is currently being investigated by Mr. Arnold Edinborough.
Recommendation 2: The Committee further recommends that steps be taken to ensure that Mr. Wooding's outstanding talents be still available to the Church.
Moved by Dr. D.J. Broadwell, seconded by the Ven. D.P. Watney,
That Recommendation 2 be approved.
That Mr. Wooding be retained for a period of two years as a consultant in public relations, the details of the contract of employment to be negotiated with Mr. Wooding by the Primate, the General Treasurer and the Director of Program, Planning and Research. CARRIED
Recommendation 3: The Committee wishes to meet again to explore ways of implementing recommendation (2) above.
In view of the action taken by the National Executive Council on Recommendation 2, Recommendation 3 was received only.
An expression of thanks was extended to the Chairman of the Board of Information and Stewardship, the Rt. Rev. H.R. Hunt, for his capable handling of a very difficult task.
Approved review of the Anglican membership on the General Commission by the National Executive Council, in consultation with the Committee on Christian Unity and the Church Universal, at the time of the appointment of the Special Commissions.
That this item be deferred until the November meeting of the Council. CARRIED
With the consent of the House, Mr. W.A. Neville withdrew his former notice of motion re Memorial No. 17 and moved, seconded by Mr. A.F. Judd,
That this General Synod approves in principle the detachment of the Primacy from the responsibility of a conventional diocese. It requests the Commission on the Primacy to devise the means of achieving a definition of the Primacy, which involves some diocesan pastoral responsibility as defined by the Commission. It further requests the Commission to act promptly in bringing forward its recommendations accompanied by such constitutional changes and other relevant legislation required to implement its recommendations. And further, the Commission is requested to give due consideration to the recommendations of Memorial 17. Such actions are to be completed by the next General Synod.
That the word "diocesan" be deleted.
The amendment to the motion was CARRIED in both Houses. The motion, as amended, was CARRIED in both Houses.