That this General Synod in stressing the sacredness of Marriage and the sanctity of home life, is seriously concerned to make more effective the pastoral ministry of bishops and priests in their desire to approach the vexed problems relating to marriage, the building up of a healthy home life, and the stability of social conditions in every community. CARRIED in both Houses.
Regrets for non-attendance were received from the Bishop of Ottawa (Reed); the Bishop of Toronto (Wilkinson); the Bishop of Newfoundland (Meaden); and from Archbishop Carrington; Archbishop Barfoot; Bishop Sovereign; Bishop Ragg; Bishop M. Coleman.
That we express our regrets to the Bishops of Toronto and Ottawa on their illness; wishing both a speedy recovery.
The Secretaries were instructed to send the greetings of the House to other absent members as well.
The Archbishop of British Columbia was granted suspension of the rules of order to express the gratitude of the House of Bishops to His Grace, the Primate, for the ability, graciousness and dignity with which he had carried out his responsibilities as Primate of the host Church in the recent Anglican Congress in Toronto (August 13th - 23rd) .
"That this House of Bishops heartily congratulates His Grace, the Primate, on his outstanding contribution towards the success and happiness of the recent Anglican Congress, and reassures him of its respectful and affectionate regard, and of its continuous prayerful remembrance of him." CARRIED by standing vote
The Archbishop of British Columbia proceeded to express the grateful thanks of the House to the Bishop of Toronto (Wilkinson); his Bishop Coadjutor (Snell) and Suffragan Bishop (Hunt) and all their associates for so successfully and happily making the many and varied arrangements for the recent Anglican Congress. Referring to the impressive attendance and the near perfection of the Congress arrangements, His Grace paid tribute to the superb gifts of leadership and organization shown by Bishop Wilkinson, and the truly wonderful response in co-operation and hospitality shown by Torontonians.
"That this House places on record its most grateful appreciation of the splendid arrangements made by the Bishop of Toronto, the Bishop Coadjutor, the Bishop Suffragan and their associates, and particularly for their varied and generous hospitality."
The Secretaries agreed to send this Message to Bishop Wilkinson.
8. Letters from the Provincial Synod of Canada (Archdeacon Marston) and the General Synod (Archdeacon Maddocks) forwarding resolutions requesting permission for the Liturgical use of the New English Bible."
The provincial Synod Resolution:
"Be it resolved that we respectfully petition the House of Bishops to give consideration to authorizing the liturgical use of the New English Bible."
The General Synod Resolution (sponsored by Brigadier A.E.M. Bell Irving) and referred by General Synod to the House of Bishops:
"Be it resolved that this General Synod calls to the attention of the Prayer Book revision committee the New English Bible recently published, and suggests that consideration be given by the Committee to the adoption of this translation for all quotations from the New Testament in subsequent editions of the Canadian Book of Common Prayer; and that similar consideration be given in regard to quotations from the Old Testament as and when the Old Testament of the New English Bible becomes available."
"That the subject of the liturgical use of the New English Bible, as proposed by the Provincial Synod of Canada and Brigadier A.E.M. Bell Irving, in his resolution presented to General Synod in 1962, and referred by it to the House of Bishops; and the related question of the use in statutory services of the revised Standard Version and other Versions and paraphrases of the Bible, be referred to a Committee of the House of Bishops to be named by the Primate, for study and report through the Upper House, to the next session of General Synod.
The Primate later named this Committee on Liturgical use of Versions of Scripture: the Bishop of Kootenay (Convenor) the Bishop of Montreal and the Assistant Bishop of Newfoundland.
That, having considered certain requests of the General Commission on Church Union, made at its meeting held May 27-29, 1968, that the Anglican Church and the United Church enter into various programmes of co-operation, and having in mind the advice of the Joint Meeting of the Executive of General Council and the National Executive Council of General Synod, that such proposals for common action be such as are appropriate, helpful and possible at each stage of our growing together.
This General Synod expresses its agreement that some forms of co-operation are permissible as the two churches grow together, and refers the specific proposals of the General Commission to the committees concerned, with power to act as far as the Constitution and Canons of General Synod allow. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod wholeheartedly commends the heroic Christian action of the Reverend Michael Scott on behalf of minority and underprivileged racial groups in Africa and the presentation of their case before the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations; and that this General Synod condemns the unchristian doctrine of RACISM wherever it may be found. (See also resolution p.69.) CARRIED in both Houses.
That whereas the illicit use of narcotic drugs in Canada is steadily increasing, and grave evidence of drug addiction among juveniles is accumulating rapidly, and that its incidence in our adult population has reached alarming proportions, and whereas existing methods of control under the provisions of the Canadian Opium and Narcotics Drug Act have not only failed to reduce the traffic, but have allowed it to increase, and whereas, moreover, there is abundant evidence that the treatment of addicts is a medical rather than a criminal problem;
Be it RESOLVED that the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada endorses, in principle, the several recommendations proposed by the Vancouver Community Chest and Council Narcotics Study Committee, as well as those of Mr. R.S.S. Wilson, a former Superintendent of the R.C.M.P., and further endorses the recommendations of the Social Service Committees of the Dioceses of British Columbia and New Westminster;
And that the Federal Government, through the Minister of Justice, and the Minister of Health and Welfare, be urged to take immediate steps to implement these recommendations, and further, that publicity and a programme of education should be launched to bring this matter more forcibly before the Canadian people. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this House of Bishops meet on Thursday to Saturday, May 3rd to 5th 1962 in the Hamilton-Toronto area. The Agenda to Bishops meet on Thursday to Saturday, May 3rd to 5th include regular business with special attention to the request of the Church of Lanka. CARRIED.