Resolved, That this Synod has heard with pleasure of the establishment of still closer relations between the A.Y.P.A. and the G.B.R.E. and would urge that every effort be made by the Board of Education to help the A.Y.P.A. to realize to the fullest extent its fourfold ideal of Worship - Work - Fellowship - Edification for the young people of the Church.
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.
That we place on record our appreciation of the presence here of the Hon. and Rev. Canon H.J. Cody and of his service rendered to the Church through so many years. We extend to him our best wishes for abundant blessing and happiness in years to come. CARRIED by a standing vote.
Arising from a discussion on the meaning of Sponsorship of Theological Students.
That the Primate be requested to appoint a committee of three bishops to draft a full statement regarding the meaning of sponsorship of theological students by the bishop. The statement to be of such a nature that it could be presented to the General Synod in the form of a Canon or considered as a directive from the House of Bishops to the Heads of Theological Colleges. And that the Committee considers all matters referred to in the letter from the Heads of Colleges to the Bishops. CARRIED
LETTER FROM HEADS OF COLLEGES
February 15th, 1961.
The Right Reverend Tom Greenwood, L.Th., D.D.
Secretary of the House of Bishops
My Lord Bishop:
At this brief conference held at Scarborough, immediately after we were privileged to meet with the House of Bishops, the Heads of Colleges discussed the subjects handed to us from that meeting.
1. Screening of Candidates for Holy Orders: Modified forms of C.A.C.T.M. [Central Advisory Council for the Ministry (Church of England)] were discussed, but we supposed that it was not within our competence to make resolutions, and our discussion did not get beyond a general opinion that such a move would be advantageous. Most of our discussion centred around, the pre-theological student, and the general feeling here was that men in this category should be handled in the same way as other undergraduate students, i.e. purely on the basis of accepted academic entrance qualification, and not as ordinands.
2. Sponsorship of Theological Students: We were left in some confusion as to the bishops' understanding of sponsorship, and I, as secretary, was asked to seek further clarification.
We understand that it is the desire of the bishops to distinguish 'sponsorship' from financial support; and we were encouraged by the impression we gained that the bishops are prepared to distinguish financial support from obligation to service.
It was our opinion that whatever 'sponsorship' might mean in regard to the theological student, any such condition for the pre-theological student would be premature. He is better regarded as an undergraduate student in Arts. None of this was intended to minimise the importance of pastoral care of and interest in such students form the start. We were concerned about the possible 'conditional' nature of such sponsorship as is proposed inhibiting such students from normal healthy competitive development in their undergraduate days.
As for theological students, nearly all of whom at present are in some direct way associated with a diocesan, we failed to appreciate the value of any rule making this necessary.
If we have misinterpreted the intention in this matter we shall eagerly anticipate correction.
3. Pastoralia and Devotional training in Course: As this is a matter largely of concern to the faculties of colleges we have referred the matter to the faculties for discussion, and if they so desire, to report back to us.
4. Training of a Native Ministry: All 'old Canadians' having the necessary entrance qualifications are welcomed at all the Colleges. But it is manifestly unprofitable to include in our present courses men whose English or general education does not enable them to compete. From the experience of some of the colleges frustration and failure among such candidates have been high and there is also apparently a real risk of "detribalisation'. In other words Indian students (we have had no experience of Eskimos) tend to loneliness and frustration, or to become Europeanised, and so to lose touch with their own people. It would therefore, appear to us that better results might be expected where such candidates are not removed from their own environment and culture, and that they are better trained by men familiar with their language and culture. We would like to have heard reports on the Summer courses held at Dauphin. The Conference asked that the three prairie colleges with some experience of training such men should continue conversations with the Bishop of Brandon on this matter.
5. Training of 'Special Course' men outside the Colleges: Recognising that the Colleges as presently constituted, are not directly concerned; that in the brief to the bishops from the Heads of Colleges we stated our readiness to accept men in this category, where possible, under a Bishop's sponsorship; and recognising this as a specified area of concern for the Provisional Committee on Theological Education, the Conference of Heads did however, venture to commend the work already done in the four centres (Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Huron). We were particularly relieved that residence and post-ordination internships are requirements for such men. In regard to residence for such men all the colleges will gladly assist within the limitations set by any other agreements.
I am asked to say again, my Lord Bishop, how greatly appreciated by us was the Primate's and hospitality, and the courtesy of the House of Bishops.
Yours sincerely, F.H.W. CRABB Secretary Heads of Colleges Conference.
Resolved, That this Board expresses to the Indian and Eskimo Commission, its sense of gratitude to and appreciation of the untiring zeal and unceasing interest in the great work that is being accomplished in connection with the Indian Residential Schools of our Church.
It was noted that the Archbishop Owen Memorial Lectureship Fund is available to provide for expenses of outstanding theological scholars, writers and authors, also there will be a number of leading theologians visiting this country during 1967.
That this information be brought to the attention of the Centennial Committee. CARRIED
That Part III of Canon XXVII (Marriage and Divorce) (Handbook, p. 152), reading as follows, be repealed:
"No clergyman within the jurisdiction of The Anglican Church of Canada shall solemnize a marriage between persons either of whom shall have been divorced from one who is living at the time."
And that the following be enacted as Part III of Canon XXVII:
PART III - REMARRIAGE OF DIVORCED PERSONS
1. No clergyman within the jurisdiction of The Anglican Church of Canada shall solemnize a marriage between persons either of whom shall have had a marriage contracted by him or her terminated otherwise than by annulment by the competent civil authority, so long as the other party to any such marriage is living or deemed to be living.
2. Any person who desires to be married by a clergyman within the jurisdiction of The Anglican Church of Canada and who would be denied such desire by reason of Section 1 of this Part may nevertheless apply in writing to the clergyman who it is proposed shall solemnize such marriage for a certificate of the Bishop to whom such clergyman is licensed authorizing such clergyman to solemnize such marriage. Upon receipt of such application the said clergyman shall transmit the same to the said Bishop together with:
(a) full particulars of all previous marriages, if any, of both of the parties to the intended marriage;
(b) a certified copy of all decrees, judgements, or enactments terminating all such marriages;
(c) separate statements signed by each of the parties to the intended marriage setting forth the grounds upon which such party believes that the certificate of the Bishop should issue, and
(d) the written observations and recommendations of the said clergyman.
3. Upon receipt of any such application together with the prescribed supporting documents, the Bishop shall review or cause to be reviewed the same. The Bishop may then require either or both of the parties to the proposed marriage and any other person or persons he may determine to attend before him or his nominee or nominees to answer any questions that may be put. He may also require the submission to him of any documents, writings or other material that he may consider helpful in the consideration of the application.
4. If, after investigation, the Bishop determines that the provisions of Section 1 of this Part should be waived, he may issue to the clergyman who it is proposed shall solemnize the proposed marriage his certificate authorizing such clergyman to solemnize such marriage within a period of three months following the date of such certificate, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 1 of this Part.
5. Within a period of three months following the date upon which he solemnizes any marriage authorized by a certificate issued under Section 4 of this Part officiating clergyman shall return such certificate to the Bishop issuing the same having endorsed the particulars of the marriage thereon and signed the same.
Moved by Mr. J.A. Wynn, seconded by Rt. Rev. R.L. Seaborn,
That the previous motion of Mr. John W. Graham and the Bishop of Toronto be referred to the Commission on Marriage and Related Matters. CARRIED in the Lower House 110-101; CARRIED in the Upper House 16-13.
1. That the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada sends friendly greetings to the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church and expresses willingness to enter into full communion with that Church on the basis of the Bonn Agreement 1931.
The Bonn Agreement reads:
"Each Communion recognizes the catholicity and independence of the other and maintains its own.
Each Communion agrees to admit members of the other communion to participate in the sacraments.
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."
2. That the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada sends friendly greetings to the Lusitanian Church, Catholic Apostolic, Evangelical and expresses willingness to enter into full communion with that Church on the basis of the Bonn Agreement 1931.
3. That these Resolutions be conveyed to the authorities of the respective Churches and to the Lambeth Consultative Body.
4. That if these Churches concur in this decision of General Synod the Primate be authorized to arrange such public recognition of this action as he deems advisable after consultation with the authorities of these Churches.
5. That in publicizing this action we urge our Church members to visit these Churches if and when they visit Spain and Portugal. CARRIED in both Houses.