That the report of the Joint Committee as set forth below, on Synodical Jurisdiction be adopted. CARRIED unanimously
REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE ON JURISDICTION
To repeal Sections 6 and 7 of the Declaration of Principles and substitute the following:
Jurisdiction of Synod
6.(1) Subject to the provisions of Section 7 the General Synod shall have authority and jurisdiction in all matters affecting in any way the general interest and well-being of the whole Church and in particular
(a) The constitution and organization of the General Synod including the regulation of the time and place of its meetings, the order and conduct of its proceedings, and the appointment, functions and duties of its office bearers, executive boards, committees, departments and officers, for the proper conduct of its affairs.
(b) The national character, constitution, integrity and autonomy of the Church of England in Canada.
(c) The relations of the Church to other religious bodies in Canada and elsewhere.
(d) The relations of the Church to other Churches of the Anglican Communion.
(e) With the consent of the Provincial Synod or Synods concerned, the creation and constitution of new Provinces within Canada.
(f) The election, retirement and resignation of a Primate for the whole Church in Canada.
(g) The declaration of general principles governing discipline in the Church.
(h) The constitution and powers of a Supreme Court of Appeal, with original and appellate jurisdiction, including procedure therein and the enforcement of its decrees and judgements.
(i) The definition of the doctrines of the Church in harmony with the Solemn Declaration adopted by this Synod.
(j) The revision, adaption and publication of a Book of Common Prayer and a Hymnal for the Church.
(k) All agencies employed in the carrying on of the work of the Church, including:
(i) Its general missionary work.
(ii) Its general program of religious education.
(iii) Its general social service and welfare work.
(l) The educational standards and qualifications for candidates for Divinity degrees conferred under the authority of the General Synod.
(m) The place and ministry of women in the Church.
(n) The establishment, operation and maintenance of a general pension fund.
(o) The regulation of the inter-diocesan transfer of clergy.
(p) The relinquishment or abandonment of the ministry of the Church.
(q) The administration of all funds and trusts established in respect of the Church.
(2) All Canons dealing with doctrine, worship or discipline and all alterations to such Canons, shall require to be passed at two successive meetings of the Synod before coming into force.
7.(1) The organization and constitution of a General Synod for the Church does not involve any change in the existing system of Provincial Synods.
(2) Every Provincial Synod now established or which may hereafter be established, shall have jurisdiction and authority in all matters affecting the general interests and well-being of the Church within their respective jurisdiction in the following matters:
(a) Subject to the provisions of any Canon enacted by the General Synod for the erection of any Provincial Synod, the constitution and organization of the Provincial Synod, including the regulation of the time and place of its meeting, the order and conduct of its proceedings, and the appointment, functions and duties of its office bearers, executive boards, committees and officers necessary for the proper conduct of its affairs.
(b) With the consent of the General Synod, and of any Diocese affected, the adjustment of the boundaries of any Province, and the creation, division or rearrangement of Provinces.
(c) With the consent of the General Synod and the Dioceses affected, the division of the Province into Dioceses, the establishment of missionary dioceses within the Province, the division of existing dioceses and the adjustment or rearrangement of diocesan boundaries.
(d) The confirmation of the election, the consecration, and resignation of bishops within the Province.
(e) The election of Metropolitan Bishop and the definition of his duties, powers and authority.
(f) The constitution of Provincial Court of Appeal, with original and appellate jurisdiction, including procedure therein and enforcement of its decrees and judgements.
(g) Provision for the ecclesiastical discipline and trial of bishops of the Province.
(h) The regulation of the ministrations of the clergy and others within the Province, including the oaths and subscriptions of the clergy within the Province.
(i) The authorization of special forms of prayer, services, and ceremonies for use within the Province, for which no provision has been made under the authority of the General Synod or of the House of Bishops of the Church in Canada.
(j) The relations of the Church to the civil authorities and to public education within the Province.
(k) The administration of any fund or trust established in respect of the Synod.
(l) The formation and constitution of Provincial branches of organizations and societies established by the General Synod for the promotion of the work of said Synod.
(m) The consideration, promotion and advancement of any object or matter for the general advantage of the Church in Canada or in a Province, referred to the Synod of a Province by the General Synod.
7A. Nothing contained in Sections 6 or 7 shall limit or affect the powers, jurisdiction and authority inherent in the office of Bishop, or exercised collectively by the Bishops of the Church sitting as the House of Bishops of any Province, or of the Church in Canada.
7B. Except insofar as the provisions of sections 6 and 7 are the same in effect as the legislation now in force, the said sections shall not come into force in such ecclesiastical Province until approved by the Provincial Synod thereof.
7C. The words "Ecclesiastical Province" shall mean any group of dioceses under the jurisdiction of a Provincial Synod.
That this Lower House concur in Message U24 of the Upper House concerning the Joint Committee on Jurisdiction. CARRIED Message L-40.
The appendix to Section C. of the Report was then considered. Regarding subsection A. of Section C ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"], it was moved by Mr. J.W. Graham, seconded by the Very Rev. W.E. Jackson, and resolved:
That the Primate, in consultation with the Prolocutor, be requested to appoint a commission to study the matters outlines in Part A ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"] of the Report of the Organization Committee, found on p. 335 of this Journal: such commission to report its findings and recommendations to the next session of this Synod.
Message U-18 -- 'Report of Committee on Organization' -- "That the Upper House votes non--concurrence in Message L 48, Section A of Appendix to Section (C) ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"], but recommends that this be referred back to the Committee on Organization for further study as there appears to be a conflict with No. (7) 'Fundamental Principles', p. 19 Declaration of Principles.
That the Upper House concurs in Message L 49, (Section B. ["Internal Organization of General Synod"] of appendix to Section (c).
Moved by Chancellor Soward, seconded by the Deputy Prolocutor, and resolved:
That we concur in Message U 18. (See pp. 37, 68, 97.)
Message U-25 - "Concurrences"
That the Upper House concurs in Messages L-61, L-62, L-65, L-66, L-67, L-68 and L-71. L-74, L-69 were received as information. (See pp. 55, 56, 67, 68.)
Messages L-48 and L-49 -- Committee on Organization
That the Primate, in consultation with the Prolocutor, be requested to appoint a Commission to study the matters outlined in Part A ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"] of the special report of the Committee on Organization, (see p. 335 of the Journal), such Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the next session of this Synod. (See p. 37.)
The Upper House votes non-concurrence in Message L-48, Section A ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"] of the special report found in Appendix to Section C of the Report of the Committee on Organization, and recommends that this be referred back to the Committee on Organization for further study, as there appears to be a conflict with Number 7 ("Fundamental Principles"). (See Handbook, 1953 edition, page 19). (See p. 56.)
The Lower House concurs in Message U-18 of the Upper House. (See p. 56.)
The Upper House acknowledges Message L-62 of the Lower House. (See p. 68.)
That the Committee on Organization be authorized and instructed to continue its studies of the matters outlined in Part B ["Internal Organization of General Synod"] of the special report of the Committee (see p. 336 of the Journal), and to report thereon from time to time. (See p. 37.)
The Upper House concurs in Message L-49 of the Lower House, (See p. 56.)
The Rev. Canon David Burrows, a member of the Resolutions Committee, presented a resolution in relation to the Marriage Canon and the discussion that occurred during the Marriage Canon Response presentation. Canon Burrows explained the motion is specific with timelines to ensure a report back can be provided to CoGS by November 1, 2018 in order for further discussions and deliberations to occur prior to the forty-five days required for the meeting of the General Synod. Discussion ensued on the motion with amendments made.
Be it resolved that regarding the Second Reading of Resolution A051-R2 (Amendment to Canon XXI) On Marriage in the Church, this Council of General Synod:
1. Request the Primate and Prolocutor communicate with the Metropolitans and Provincial Prolocutors, and Diocesan Bishops and Synods and encourage full consideration of the matter be given prior to General Synod 2019.
2. Request that the consideration given shall be reported to the Council of General Synod no later than November 1, 2018.
Be it resolved that the members of this Council of General Synod encourage the consideration of the resolution on the Marriage Canon (A051-R2) in accord with the provision in the Declaration of Principles “that between first and second reading the matter be referred for consideration to diocesan and provincial synods.”