That the following Statement of Policy be accepted by the House of Bishops, for the time being. CARRIED #3-6-83
1. Anglican clergy who have abandoned the Anglican Church of Canada in order to exercise their ministry in some church with which the Anglican Church of Canada in not in communion, should be considered to have abandoned the exercise of their ministry and be deposed. (This is in accordance with the practice of the Episcopal Church of America.)
2. Clergy who have abandoned the Anglican Communion but wish to return to the Anglican Church of Canada will be subject to the normal discipline applying to those who have been deposed and wish to resume their ministry. This applies only to clergy who have not been admitted to any other Order than that in which they stood when they abandoned the Anglican Communion.
3. Clergy of churches with which the Anglican Church of Canada is in full communion, or have been ordained in churches whose Orders are not questioned by the Anglican Church of Canada and who after being associated with the Anglican/Catholic Church of Canada desire to exercise their ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada will not be required to undergo further ordination or conditional ordination.
4. The Anglican Church of Canada has made no statement about its position with respect to the validity of the Orders of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada. Any such statement should be in accord with the practices of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, whose officers should be informed of our actions in this respect. For the immediate future the Anglican Church of Canada will require ministers ordained in Anglican Catholic Church of Canada or its sister body in the United States of America to be conditionally ordained before exercising a ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada.
This [Metropolitans and Chancellors Meeting] was held in Winnipeg in December 1989. Archbishop Bothwell dealt with the substance of the meeting which concerned the licensing and discipline of clergy. Copies of a letter from Chancellor David Wright to the Primate were distributed. Chancellor Wright recommends that the terms of the license for diocesan clergy would include agreement by the bishop, the licensee and the parish.
During the ensuing discussion it was recognized that safeguards would be necessary to ensure that the Canon is not seen as tyrannical, but supportive to bishops, priests and parishes. It was recognized that there are inconsistencies in diocesan, provincial and General Synod Canons which lead to serious problems.
That this House request Chancellor Burrows of Edmonton to propose a 'model' Canon in the light of the letter of Chancellor Wright to the Primate relating to the licensing and discipline of clergy and bishops. This 'model' Canon should be available for discussion at the February 1991 meeting of this House. CARRIED