Bishop Ken Genge asked the House how it dealt with clergy in distress. Discussion followed. Bishop Percy O'Driscoll offered to provide information (see Attachment) with regard to a program underway in the Diocese of Huron.
That the House forward a recommendation to the Metropolitans that, at the time of consecration of a bishop, the Metropolitan ensure that, as a `Standard of the House', a Bishop-to-Bishop relationship be established. CARRIED
A three page attachment entitled "Clergy Assistance Program for Diocese of Huron" is attached to the House of Bishop minutes, but not reproduced here.
The Report of the Clergy Marriages Task Force was received and discussed. The policy of the Diocese of Calgary with respect to dysfunction and marital breakdown was found to be helpful in setting out a model of diocesan procedures and guidelines for the caring of clergy families. Some elements of it might be in conflict with human rights codes.
The bishops were informed that a Personnel Review Task Force has been established to study what services the national office is providing the dioceses since the retirement of the Reverend Richard Johns. A questionnaire is to go to all bishops as well as other networks of the church, and a recommendation will be made to NEC at some time in the future.
That this House asks the Primate to set up a Task Force to consider ways of enabling the implementation of the recommendations of the Clergy Marriage Report in the various dioceses across the country and report to a future meeting of the House. CARRIED