The Bishop Coadjutor of Toronto presented the Report of the Committee on Training Older Men for the Ministry, Section H.
That the Report of the Committee on Training Older Men for Ministry Section H., be received. CARRIED.
Bishop Snell outlined the Recommendations in the Report:--
If it is agreed that there is a place in the ministry for "older men" then we should be prepared to undertake their training. A night school plan seems to be the most realistic way of tackling the problem.
It is also desirable to have a common standard for the whole of Canada. Therefore we urge that a competent committee draw up a curriculum based on two years of night school during which eight units of study will be taken. Then the successful candidates shall be required to attend full-time for an additional year, preferably of nine months duration.
Further, that a testing of a man's suitability to undertake the course be given along the lines of C.A.C.T.M. [Central Advisory Council for the Ministry]
That where a night school is not feasible, the same courses shall be taken under the direction of a parish priest acceptable to the Bishop, or under the direction of the staff of the provincial college.
That consideration be given to having one college for each Ecclesiastical Province used for the final year's training.
That special care should be taken in the post-ordination training of such men. That the Pension Committee be consulted. It might be necessary to limit the upper age so that ordination would take place prior to age 50.
That the Primate be asked to refer to the Metropolitans the implications of H.4 and 5 regarding Training of Older Men for the Ministry, so that appropriate action to carry out recommendations may be taken in the several provinces. CARRIED.
[Text of Report (sections H4 and H5 not included in electronic database.]
Archbishop Hiltz shared some of the observations made by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Pastoral Visitors about their time with the Canadian bishops.
Bishop Bruce distributed a report from the Anglican Communion Working Group. He reviewed it. Discussion followed.
“This House of Bishops recommend to the Council of General Synod that the final text of ‘The Covenant for the Anglican Communion’ be presented to General Synod 2010 for consideration by The Anglican Church of Canada.”
The Bishop of Saskatoon spoke briefly on this subject and mentioned that the Heads of Colleges were desirous of having all the Heads of Colleges on the Committee on Theological Education and not just five as had been suggested during the last meeting of the House. This discussion was followed by a Motion.
That the action of the House of Bishops re the Committee on Theological Education stand.
The Secretary then read a letter received from the Secretary of the Heads of College Conference in which appreciation was expressed for the joint meeting held in Scarborough and making certain comments on matters discussed during that meeting.
That the letter submitted by the Heads of Colleges following the meeting of the House of Bishops at Scarborough 1961, be placed as an Appendix to the Minutes of the House of Bishops, September 1961.
[Letter included in electronic database with following resolution.]
In his Report, the Bishop quoted the Resolutions 88/91 of the Lambeth Conference 1958, and gave various instances of the way in which the Office of Deacon is regarded in various sections of the Church. Appended to the Report, which was one of progress, was an article on Deacons from the Dictionary of Doctrinal and Historical Theology.
In discussion which followed the Bishops of Toronto and Niagara spoke of the use made by them of Perpetual Deacons who were either retired or presently engaged in lay-work. It was generally agreed that these men should be on the Clergy List but not members of the Pension Fund. The men working in Toronto and Niagara are voluntary and receive no remuneration. When asked about the movement to some other diocese and the steps taken in such a case, it was reported that, so far, this matter had not arisen.
(c) The Bishop of Ontario spoke of the need for greater care in the issuing of Letters Dimissory but he did not advocate issuing them in respect of Deacons. In response to a question asked by the House of Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada, there was some discussion on the administration of the chalice by laymen and the Bishop of Niagara expressed the desire for a Commission to assist in an over-all Canadian system, but not a system which would make it necessary to ordain a man Deacon to have his assistance in the administration of Holy Communion.
That we request the Committee on Deacons and Supplementary Ministries to continue their study, and received reports from Dioceses in Canada and elsewhere in which men have been ordered Deacons who remain in secular work and assist a Parish Priest on Sundays, with reference to the conditions of their preparation and selection, the Committee to report at the next meeting of this of this House of Bishops. CARRIED.
A further question from the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada "Should a Deacon be given permission to administer the Holy Communion to the sick in their homes?" was deferred until the Committee had again reported.