That the National Executive Council extends grateful thanks to the Manager of the Anglican Book Centre, the Reverend Michael Lloyd, for the way he uses his skills and care in the work of the Anglican Book Centre. We are thankful for his wisdom and his generous love for the whole Church. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council endorse the advertising policy adopted by the Board of Trustees on November 8, 1983.
Advertisers with a product or service to sell, or an opinion to express, may purchase space to carry their messages. There are certain qualifications under guidelines established by the Board of Trustees. We accept no advertising for tobacco, small loans or lotteries. All advertising in Canadian Churchman must meet the standard of good taste.
When a proposed advertisement, appeal or insert, appears to be in conflict with a definite position of the General Synod, there will be consultation with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees before the advertisement is accepted.
Chancellor Soward brought to the attention of the Council copies of correspondence between the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Prime Minister. He stressed that many things have happened since these letters were written, and a Royal Commission has been set up to study the subject of civil liberties in Canada.
In conclusion Chancellor Soward expressed the opinion that no action should be taken at this time.
That the National Executive Council request the General Secretary to inform the Civil Liberties Association that is shares the concern of the Association but will not take any action at this time as the Royal Commission has been established. CARRIED
It was suggested that people be encourage to make responsible comments to the Royal Commission, or to follow the usual political process; also to urge parishes to discuss this as an important issue.
That resolution #114 be referred to the Officers of the General Synod for consideration of the Committee to be formed to study the question of confidentiality. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 70
The motion reads:
That this General Synod request the Organization Committee to consider the need of a Canon requiring all clergy to observe strict confidentiality in respect of information imparted to them under the seal of confessional or in their capacity as counsellors, and if it is determined that such a need exists, to prepare such a Canon for consideration by the General Synod in 1989; and
requests the House of Bishops to study questions around the need for support in the area of confidentiality in the ministry of lay pastoral counsellors.
Dean Fowler presented the report of the Task Force on the Conscience Clause.
After discussion the Task Force agreed that what was required at the present moment was not legislation, but a pastoral statement which would recognize that while the Church had expressed its will in 1975 with regard to the ordination of women it was nonetheless still necessary to retain the Conscience Clause with some indications of its proper use.
The Conscience Clause of 1975 reads as follows:
"Be it resolved
That no bishop, priest, deacon or lay person, including postulants for ordination of The Anglican Church of Canada should be penalized in any manner, or suffer any canonical disabilities, nor be forced into positions which violate or coerce his or her conscience as a result of General Synod's action in affirming the principle of the ordination of women to the priesthood; and request those who have authority in this matter to act upon the principle set out above."
That this National Executive Council forward to the General Synod 1983 for its approval the pastoral interpretation of the continuing use of the Conscience Clause by those who remain unable to accept the ordination of women to the priesthood:
"We recognize and affirm the continuing validity of the Conscience Clause for those who belonged to The Anglican Church of Canada at the time it was passed.
While continuing to recognize the rights of individual consciences, we believe that those who now come to membership or to any office or ministry in our Church must recognize and accept that the ministry of women priests must also be protected conscientiously as the expressed will of our Church.
Christian charity cannot be legislated, but needs to be implemented more effectively in the future than in the past in order to realize the community which belongs in the Body of Christ. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council draw to the attention of the Dioceses the working paper of September 24th 1981 of the Inter-Church Committee respecting the January 26th 1982 hearing of the CRTC and urge response by December 5, 1981 to the Rev. W.E. Lowe. CARRIED