That the members of this National Executive Council express their profound gratitude for the life and work of Bishop Eric Munn who died on December 26, 1968 after a long illness and extend to Mrs. Munn and his son Harold their deep sympathy in this time of sorrow and bereavement and the assurance of their prayers for God's blessing upon them in the days to come, and further that the General Secretary be requested to include in the records of this meeting this tribute to one who by his humility, devotion and saintliness of life has left an indelible mark upon his diocese in which he laboured with great zeal and on the Church at large. CARRIED
There was further discussion about the presentation of the final draft of the Plan of Union; the problem of obtaining a consensus from the total membership of the Church and the time necessary for canonical action through General Synod. The Archbishop of New Westminster had drafted a resolution which was replaced by the following:-
That the resolution drafted by the Archbishop of New Westminster and Bishop Somerville re date of the presentation of the final draft of the Plan of Union be revised by the Bishop of Cariboo and Archbishop Gower for presentation to the Upper House. CARRIED
That Canon III, The Primacy, be repealed and the following substituted therefore:
1. There shall be a Primate who shall be the presiding bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, and who, on assuming this office, shall be the Senior Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Canada, with the title of Archbishop.
2.1. The Primate shall be chosen in accordance with procedures laid down in Part II of this Canon, and shall hold office until he resigns or reaches the age of 70, at which time the office shall be filled, pro tem, by the Senior Provincial Metropolitan.
2.2. The Primate may resign at any time by written notice to the Senior Provincial Metropolitan, who shall thereupon submit the same to the members of the House of Bishops, and the said resignation shall become effective only when accepted by a majority of the said bishops.
2.3. Upon the Primate vacating the office, he shall retain the title of Archbishop.
3. The Primate shall resign his specific diocesan and/or Provincial duties and responsibilities upon his election as Primate.
4. The Primate shall have a pastoral relationship to the whole Canadian Church; in this connection he may speak in the name of the Church, after consultation with the National Executive Council or General Synod, and he shall be charged with giving leadership in initiating and developing the policy and strategy of the church, including the implementation of decisions of General Synod throughout the Canadian Church.
5. The Primate shall be the chief executive officer of the national staff and shall maintain his office at the national headquarters of the Church; he may delegate any of his executive responsibilities to other executive staff, including personal assistants who may be appointed by him after provision of financial requirements.
6. The Administration and Finance Committee shall determine from time to time the financial needs of the Primate, including all salaries, office expenses, living allowance, travel expenses, entertainment allowance, and other attendant expenses; funds above those provided from the income of any capital fund shall be obtained through the General Synod Apportionment or Assessment.
7. The Primate shall:
(a) preside over the Upper House;
(b) preside over the General Synod in joint session;
(c) preside over the National Executive Council;
(d) be ex officio a member of all Committees and Commissions.
This section shall not preclude the possibility of others presiding over the above bodies from time to time.
8(a). During a vacancy in the office of Primate or during the illness or other incapacity of the Primate, the Senior Metropolitan able and willing to act shall have authority to perform all the duties of the Primacy and shall be styled Acting Primate.
(b) A certificate signed by five Bishops shall be sufficient evidence of the illness or other incapacity of the Primate.
(c) The Metropolitan so exercising the powers of the Primate shall be entitled to be repaid any expense incurred by him in acting as Primate out of the revenue of the Primacy Expense Fund, but not exceeding the amount to which the Primate would have been entitled.
(d) The Primate may resume his authority by notifying said Acting Primate and submitting a certificate signed by five Bishops.
(e) In the event of the absence of the Primate from any meeting of the Synod or any Board, Council or Committee, constituted under the Constitution or any Canon of the Synod, unless otherwise provided, the Metropolitan, Archbishop or Bishop next in seniority shall preside.
9. The Primate, after consultation with the other Metropolitans may appoint a Bishop Ordinary having Episcopal jurisdiction over the Chaplains of The Anglican Church of Canada on duty with the Canadian Armed Forces.
1. All bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada who are members of the Upper House of the Synod shall be eligible for the office of the Primate.
2. The Primate shall be elected by the Synod, acting as Electoral College, as hereinafter provided.
3.1. On a vacancy occurring in the office of the Primate within twelve months before the next regular Session of the Synod a meeting of the Electoral College shall be held for the election of a Primate either during such Session or immediately following such Session at a time and place to be fixed by the Senior Metropolitan.
3.2. On a vacancy occurring at any other time, the Senior Metropolitan, following consultation with the National Executive Council, shall summon a Special Session of the Synod to act as an Electoral College at a time and place to be fixed by him for the election of a Primate, unless the National Executive Council determines that such Special Session should not be called.
4. On the day appointed for the election, the Electoral College shall convene in church for a celebration of the Holy Communion and this being concluded shall meet for organization and forthwith elect or appoint from among the members a Committee to examine and report upon the credentials of the several members present. On the presentation and adoption of the report of such committee and a majority of the members of each order being present, the Bishops shall withdraw and sit as an Upper House apart from the remaining members, hereinafter referred to as the Lower House.
5.1. After organization, the Electoral College shall again repair to the church and the Upper House shall thereupon submit to the Lower House three or more nominations for the office of Primate.
5.2 On receipt of such nominations the Lower House shall proceed forthwith to vote by ballot on such nominations. Such vote shall be taken by Orders and a majority of those present of each Order shall be necessary for election. Voting shall continue until an election results or until the Lower House asks the Upper House for additional nominations, when the Upper House shall submit one or more additional nominations to the Lower House. No debate shall be permitted on any motion or ballot and all ballots shall be taken on all nominations submitted and before the Lower House. Should no election then result the election shall be made by the Upper House.
5.3. If three or more names are submitted to the Lower House, and there being no election after the taking of two ballots thereon, the one receiving the smallest number of votes shall be dropped for the next ballot and similarly, after each vote, the nominee receiving the smallest number of votes shall be dropped for the next ballot until only two nominees remain.
5.4. Upon an election taking place, the Lower House shall notify the Upper House, whereupon the members of the Upper House shall join the other members of the Electoral College and the Senior Metropolitan shall formally proclaim the person elected to be Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada (1967, p.52, 66). Notes: The procedure followed on all occasions has been as follows:
IN FULL SESSION:
(1) Prayers by the Acting Primate.
(2) Two secretaries are then elected from among the clergy and laity, both by the whole House. These have always been the Secretaries of the Lower House of the Synod.
(3) The rolls of the Bishops, Clerical and Lay members are called by the Secretaries and afterwards referred to a committee named by the Chair to examine their credentials and to certify a quorum present of each order under Section 5 (two bishops, two clergy, two laymen).
(4) When this Committee reports, it must show the number present of each order and the number of each order necessary to election. It must be adopted by the College by a majority vote (Section 5).
(5) The Bishops then withdraw, and sit as an Upper House.
IN LOWER HOUSE:
(6) Prayers are then said by the Prolocutor or other members at his request.
(7) Prolocutor invites a member of the House to preside as temporary Chairman.
(8) Election of a Chairman and Vice-Chairman usually the Prolocutor and the Deputy Prolocutor. The Chairman usually appoints two assessors to advise him on points of order.
(9) Appointment of scrutineers. Usually for the clerical vote, two clergy and one layman; for the lay vote, two laymen and one clergyman.
(10) The clerical and lay members are then requested to sit on opposite sides of the church; the former on the Chairman's right.
(11) A resolution to meet behind closed doors is then presented and adopted.
(12) A motion that the minutes minus the names of nominees be published in the Proceedings of the Synod (or National Executive Council).
(13) Appointment of a committee to prepare a statement for the Press at the conclusion of proceedings.
(14) Notice is then sent to Upper House that the L.H. is organized and ready to receive nominations.
(15) While waiting it is usual to sing suitable hymns, read the Midday Prayers or engage in meditation.
(16) In due course the Upper House will submit the names of at least three nominees. They are read to the Lower House by the Chairman. No significance is to be attached to the order in which these nominees are listed or read.
(17) The scrutineers then distribute the ballots, each half of the Committee looking after its own side of the House, one to each member, they then take their places beside the two ballot boxes.
(18) The names of the nominees are again read to the House.
(19) A ballot is then taken on the nominees, each member writing on his ballot his choice for Primate. No additional nominations can be made in the Lower House. Voters may mark their ballot for any one of the three or more nominees, or deposit a blank ballot. No additional names can be asked for by the Lower House until at least one vote has been taken (1952, p.2).
(20) When the marking of ballots is completed, the Secretaries call the rolls of dioceses, followed in each case by the clerical and lay members' names from each diocese. The members come forward in line as their names are called and deposit their ballots in the respective boxes.
(21) When all have voted, the chairman declares the balloting closed, the scrutineers close the boxes and retire to count the ballot. No debate shall be permitted on the taking of any ballot or its results. (Sec. 6(2)).
(22) Each group makes its report in writing to the Chairman, showing the number of votes cast for each nominee.
(23) After ascertaining whether any candidate has received a majority of the votes of each order, the chairman reads the two reports to the House and declares that there has been no election or that Bishop X has been elected by a majority of each order.
(24) If the first ballot results in no election, there are two alternatives:
(a) either to ballot a second time, following the same procedure and restricting the voting to the same nominees; or
(b) to pass a resolution asking the Upper House for additional nominations. Such a resolution must be passed by a majority vote of the whole House.
No debate is to be permitted on any such motion.
(25) If the motion for additional nominations is passed, and further nominations are sent down, all subsequent ballots are taken on all nominations previously received as well as on the new nominations.
(26) After two votes have been taken on all such nominations, without resulting in an election, the nominee receiving the smallest number of votes (adding the clerical and lay votes together) shall be dropped for the next ballot and for later ballots, until only two nominees remain.
(27) If when only two names remain, no election results it may continue if the Lower House decides, but if a deadlock is apparent, the fact is to be reported to the Upper House, and in such case the election shall be made by the Upper House.
(28) If an election results in the Lower House, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman proceed to the Upper House and inform the Bishops that the Lower House has elected Bishop X as Primate. In the event of an election in the Lower House it has not been usual "to make it unanimous."
(29) The Bishops then return to the Lower House and the Senior Metropolitan (or other Bishop) takes the chair and formally proclaims the Bishop elected as the Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada (1967, p.52, 66).
(30) The Prolocutor and Deputy Prolocutor pledge to the new Primate the support of the clergy and laity of the Church.
(31) Announcements as to time and place of installation of Primate, etc.
(32) Benediction by Primate.
(33) Adjournment. The motion was CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod approves the action of the National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada in inviting the Roman Catholic Church in Canada, the Orthodox Churches in Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada, the Baptist Federation of Canada and the Church of the Disciples of Christ in Canada to join the United and Anglican Churches in negotiation towards organic union on the basis of the Principles of Union. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod expresses its joy at the decision of the Church of the Disciples of Christ taken at its All Canada Convention at Edmonton on August 9th, to accept the Principles of Union as a basis of agreement on which to negotiate union with the Anglican and United Churches, (2) and that this resolution be communicated to the authorities of the Church of the Disciples of Christ. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this Synod hereby places on record its warm appreciation of the splendid work accomplished by the Fellowship of the West and commends the Fellowship to the sympathetic interest and prayers of the Church. CARRIED in both Houses.
That, having in mind the call of the Lambeth Conference, 1968, for a Renewal of Unity in seeking the wholeness of the Church and in response to the challenge to press on with the task of healing its divisions;
This General Synod instructs the appropriate committee to communicate with other Christian denominations and in particular with the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches and extend an invitation to initiate dialogue and such other means as may be necessary to further the cause of unity. CARRIED in both Houses.
There was no formal report of the Anglican/R.C. Relations Committee. In answer to a query from the Primate regarding an Envoy to the Vatican, Bishop Pierce stated that a representative from the Government had met with a member of the United Church and the Baptist Church. A telegram had been sent to all of the Bishops and the replies indicated a diversity of opinion. It was the feeling that the Primate should make a statement.
That the Primate be authorized to make a statement on the matter of the Envoy to the Vatican in similar terms to those which the Primate has expressed to this meeting. CARRIED
It was requested that a copy of the statement be sent to all Bishops. (Copy attached.)
A report from the Inter-Church Protestant Roman Catholic Relations Committee expressing disapproval of sending an envoy to the Vatican was read by the Ven. E.S. Light. It was agreed to send copies of this report to NEC members.
[Text of statement NOT included in electronic database.]