The Prolocutor presented the following Address to Her Majesty the Queen:
"This 27th Assembly of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, being held in the beautiful and historic City of Quebec, sends to Your Majesty as Queen of Canada our deep and abiding affection and loyalty. We are grateful to Almighty God for the blessing of your Christian leadership and presence. We pray that those who are set in authority over us may be strengthened and enriched as so be enabled to secure for all people in Canada Peace, Justice, Personal Dignity, and Christian Love.
That the first paragraph of Section 32.1 be amended to read
"The following Standing Committees shall consist of eighteen members, fifteen to be elected by General Synod, at least twelve of whom are to be members of General Synod, and of that twelve, three of whom are to be members of the National Executive Council, with three others others being appointed by the Primate on recommendation of the Committee. Geographical representation and need for expertise shall be the principal criteria for membership. CARRIED ACT 12
The Chairman of the Doctrine and Worship Committee drew attention to Resolution 8 of their Report. Bishop Short stated that the intent of that Resolution was embodied in the Resolution just passed by the Synod and with the consent of his seconder he withdrew the Doctrine and Worship Committee's Resolution 8.
[Text of Resolution 8 from Doctrine and Worship Committee Report, page 133 of the 1977 General Synod Journal of Proceedings reads:
8. "That Section 32, sub-section 1 of the Constitution dealing with membership of Standing Committees be amended by appending to the first sentence a semi-colon and the words:
`Except that in the case of the Doctrine and Worship Committee, sixteen of the members shall be elected by General Synod and two shall be co-opted by the Committee'."]
That the National Executive Council be authorized to consider and, if deemed advisable, approve the final draft of the provisional constitution of the Canadian Council of Churches. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the Rules of Order and Procedure, Part II, Section 6(b) be amended by deleting the words `and one member of the Organization Committee' and substituting the words `and a member of the Resolutions Committee.' CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS by the required majority Act 15
The Rules of Order and Procedure, Part II, Section 6(b) now read: Certification of Minutes Committee - consisting of the General Secretary, the Prolocutor or Deputy Prolocutor, the Clerical and Lay Secretaries, and a member of the Resolutions Committee. It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to certify the accuracy of the minutes of the session of the General Synod.
The Assessors asked for the consent of the House to introduce a motion making a change in the regulations applying to the office of the Deputy Prolocutor.
THAT Section 14 of the Constitution be amended by adding at the end thereof the following additional subsection:
6. At the request or in the absence of the Prolocutor, the Deputy Prolocutor shall perform any function assigned to the Prolocutor by the Constitution or Canons or Rules of Order and Procedure and Debate.
THAT Rule 5 of the Rules of Order and Procedure be amended by striking out all words after the word, 'Prolocutor', so that the said rule will read as follows: "The Deputy Prolocutor shall be elected in like manner as the Prolocutor."
THAT this General Synod instruct the appropriate authorities to take the necessary steps for the introduction at the next Synod of legislation repealing the last rubric at the end of the Prayer Book Service of Confirmation, and substituting a rubric stating appropriate conditions for admission to Communion and request the House of Bishops to approve and encourage the giving of dispensation by diocesan bishops from the requirements of the rubric until it is repealed.
CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS Act 56
[Text of last rubric at the end of the Confirmation Service (p. 561) in the Book of Common Prayer (1959): "And there shall none be admitted to the holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed".]
That this General Synod recommend to His Grace the Primate that the Commission on Marriage and Related Matters be continued until the next Session of the General Synod, with its present membership, and that the Commission be instructed to make recommendations to the General Synod at that Session with respect to future responsibility for work now in charge of the Commission. CARRIED in both Houses.
That Resolution #72 be referred to the Officers of the General Synod for study and report, with recommendations to the National Executive Council before its November, 1986 meeting, and direction to the National Executive Council to issue a statement on the subject as soon as possible. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 50
Resolution #72 reads:
1. That this General Synod affirms the historic obligation laid upon the member of the clergy of the Anglican Church to regard as a sacred trust all confidential information imparted to them under the seal of the confessional or in their capacity as pastoral counsellors.
2. The Synod recognizes that in certain circumstances the obligation of confidentiality is subject to the requirements of special compulsory legislation and of the general obligation to give evidence under compulsion of a Court of Law or other legally authorized body.
3. The Synod recognizes that the general rule of law is that a person testifying in a Court or other tribunal is required to answer all questions relating to confidential information unless:
a) the communication originated in a confidence that it would not be discussed;
b) the element of confidentiality was essential to the full and satisfactory maintenance of the relationship between the parties;
c) the relationship is one which in the opinion of the tribunal must be diligently fostered;
d) the injury that would ensure to the relation by disclosure of the communication would be greater than the benefit thereby gained for the correct administration of justice.
4. The Synod calls attention to the Canon of ancient origin, contained in the ecclesiastical law of the Church of England, and as part of the tradition of Anglican Churches of other countries by which a priest who has heard a penitential confession in the Rite of Penance is absolutely forbidden to disclose, in any circumstances by any means, directly or indirectly, the identity of the penitent or any information communicated in the confession, even under the order of the Court or other authority.
5. The Synod concurs in the statement on page 166 of the Book of Alternative Services, that the secrecy of a confession of sin is morally absolute for the confessor, and must under no circumstances be broken.
And the Synod instructs the Organization Committee to incorporate this statement of Confidentiality as an Appendix in the Handbook of General Synod and to ensure the widest dissemination throughout the Church.