The Primate expressed appreciation to Bishop Wyatt for being present and assisting with various procedures. Bishop Wyatt, in thanking the Primate for this opportunity to visit the Canadian House of Bishops, suggested that the services of a process consultant might prove helpful, both to the Agenda Committee and at future meetings of the House.
"That we express our sincere appreciation to Bishop Wyatt for being present with us at this meeting of the House, and for his generous assistance." CARRIED
The Reverend Canon Ansley Tucker and the Reverend Paul Robinson members of the General Synod Ministry Committee brought two resolutions (from the Committee) to the House of Bishops about the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO). Their purpose was to receive the House of Bishops' input about the resolutions (#3-2-84 re. ACPO contemplated for Canadian Forces personnel and #4-2-84 re. Categories for use by ACPO assessors in relation to prospective postulants) to be taken back to the Ministry Committee, before bringing the resolution to the National Executive Committee for approval. (See appendix ii for resolutions).
Following a discussion in plenary, the consensus of the House of Bishops was that it would ask that the ACPO process continue.
That a joint task force of 2 episcopal chairs and 2 ACPO secretaries representing different regions meet with representatives from the Ministry Committee. CARRIED
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON POSTULANTS FOR ORDINATION (ACPO)
HOUSE OF BISHOPS
Guidelines re members of the Canadian Forces "who wish to be pursue the ordained ministry".
When ACPO is contemplated for the Canadian Forces personnel, the following guidelines will be observed:
1. The applicant must be co-sponsored by the Bishop Ordinary and a Diocesan Bishop.
2. The Diocesan Bishop interviews the candidate and helps provide pastoral support through regular diocesan channels.
3. If ordination is appropriate, then the Bishop Ordinary, at the request of the Diocesan or with permission of the Diocesan, may ordain.
4. The ordained person may be considered for employment in the Diocese of the co-sponsoring Diocesan Bishop of until accepted into the Forces.
5. If Provincial Postulancy is in effect, then this will be considered.
Categories for use by ACPO assessors in relation to prospective postulants:
a) recommended at this time for postulancy -- with suggestions for "areas of training and experience to be included in the education and training process".
b) not recommended at this time for postulancy -- with suggestions for "areas of training and personal growth to be undertaken before further assessment by ACPO or other appropriate evaluation in considered".
c) not recommended at this time for postulancy -- with suggestions of "other areas of ministry and service which may be more appropriate".
On behalf of the Metropolitans, Archbishop O'Driscoll requested input from the House of Bishops about those who would be permitted to attend the in camera study sessions on the church and sexuality.
That the House of Bishops' study sessions on sexuality, include its members, plus the Reverend Gordon Light, Principal Secretary to the Primate; Ms. Jo Mutch, Executive Assistant to the Primate; Mr. Douglas Tindal, Director of Communications, and Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary." CARRIED
The subject of Church Union was widely discussed. The Primate reported that no executive action will be taken at General Synod. It was reported the Issue Group tried to have the name 'Church Union' changed to 'Church Unity', but the attempt was too late - the material had been sent to the printers. Archdeacon Light enumerated Unity resource material to be supplied General Synod delegates.
"That we request the Chair to appoint a small committee to draft a suggested resolution for consideration of this House dealing with the manner in which the Anglican Church of Canada will deal with submissions from Anglican Dioceses, Parishes, etc., regarding the Plan of Union." CARRIED
It was agreed that the House of Bishops, at the Fall meeting, study the Plan of Union and the Agenda Committee was requested to arrange for same.
The Primate introduced a problem confronting Bishop Burch concerning a Mar Thoma Church clergyman operating in his Diocese. After discussion, it was generally agreed that Bishop Burch would have the support of the House in authorizing clergyman of Mar Thoma Church to officiate in his Diocese.