The following statement of policy was presented by the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces. (Appleyard). In the light of the development of this area of the Church's work over the years, the following statement of policy is submitted for the consideration of the House.
(i) A priest going in to full-time ministry in the Canadian Forces Chaplaincy Service shall be recognized as serving in a special, and in some ways, unique area of ministry and administration.
(ii) A chaplain will be retained on the clergy list of his home diocese as "On leave to the Canadian Forces Chaplain Service"and "at the wish of the chaplain and/or the diocese concerned, he may retain his membership in the Synod of the diocese from which he came". (Canon xviii, section 3)
(See Motion at the end of this Statement).
(iii) A Letter of Transfer will be issued by the Bishop of his home diocese to the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces, as follows:
"I hereby certify that the Reverend A.B., having, with my consent, accepted a commission as a Chaplain in Her Majesty's Canadian Forces, is in good standing, and I hereby transfer him to your episcopal jurisdiction during his time of service."
(iv) The Bishop Ordinary, before issuing a licence for a chaplain to minister in the Armed Forces shall require from him "the usual oaths and subscriptions, and declaration of submission to the Canons of General Synod and those of Provincial and Diocesan Synods where he may, from time to time, be stationed". (Canon xviii).
(v) Bishops and chaplains are urged to maintain, as fully as possible, a link of communication and concern between the chaplain and his home diocese. (The intention is the same as in the policy adopted by the House of Bishops in 1963 with respect to overseas missionaries (1963 Minutes, page 6) "That continuing identification be established between his Canadian diocese and the overseas missionary priest during his period of overseas service and on his return to Canada."
(vi) Chaplains are to be encouraged to contact the bishop in whose diocese they may serve from time to time. Bishops are encouraged to incorporate such chaplains into the clerical fellowship of the diocese in such ways as may be possible, i.e., Deanery Clericus etc. The Bishop Ordinary shall notify diocesan bishops of the appointment of chaplains to serve in Canadian Forces formations located within their dioceses, and also when they are posted away from such formation.
(vii) On completion of his period of service in the Armed Forces, the chaplain shall be given assistance, as may be possible, by the bishop of his home diocese in finding an opportunity to continue his ministry in a suitable appointment, either in his home diocese or elsewhere. The Bishop Ordinary shall issue a Letter of Transfer returning the chaplain to normal status on the clergy list of his own diocese. (This section was amended to agree with the amendment on section ii, see below)
This House of Bishops recommends to the Upper House that the Committee on Constitution and Canons be asked to remove the optional clause in Canon XVIII Section 3 (i) and that the chaplains look to the Bishop Ordinary as their bishop who may, when a man retires from the Services, be available to help the man re-locate if he so desires. CARRIED
Archbishop Wright reported on the subject of the proposed joint meeting with PECUSA House of Bishops. Numerous suggestions were offered by the House regarding the place of meeting, agenda and subjects of common interest.
"That the matter of the invitation to the PECUSA House of Bishops be deferred until the return of Bishop Appleyard." CARRIED
Discussion was prompted by a resolution to be presented to General Synod by the Committee on Doctrine and Worship concerned with Christian Initiation (Conv. Circ.ii-19). This would admit to Holy Communion persons who had been baptized with water and in the Name of the Trinity. It was also recommended that Baptism and the Laying-on of hands be reunited as complementary parts of a single rite of Christian initiation, for infants as well as adults, with optional use of Chrism. There was much discussion of this by the House, especially the practical difficulties foreseen in administering the elements to babes in arms, and also, the impossibility of the bishop of a large diocese being the chief minister at all baptisms. There was general feeling that further study was required.
(as an alternative Motion)
That this General Synod:-
1) Receive with appreciation, the Report of the Task Force on Christian Initiation recognizing the evident desire in the Church for leadership and direction regarding Christian Initiation.
2) Request the Task Force to continue its studies (and to report to the next General Synod) giving due consideration to (a) practical details which would be involved in the implementation of the considerable changes recommended; (b) study of additional possibilities with attention to the present practice in other parts of the Anglican Communion and in other Churches; (c) Possible effect on our Church of so considerable a change from our present established practice.
3) Request individual bishops before authorizing in any diocese experimental practice in Christian Initiation along the lines recommended by the Task Force, to give due consideration to the divisive effect in our Canadian Church of too wide a variety of practice, recognizing that the theology of Church membership is involved. CARRIED
The alternative Motion was then supported by the following:-
That this suggested alternative Resolution re Christian Initiation (which has received general approval from the House of Bishops) be referred to Bishop Seaborn for consultation with the Task Force concerned. Should the Task Force prefer not to accept this as their resolution, then the resolution will be moved in General Synod by the Bishop of Nova Scotia, Seconded by the Archbishop of Qu'Appelle. CARRIED
"That the travel expenses of all bishops, active and retired, whose travel expenses are not otherwise taken care of, in respect of the October 1970 meeting of the House of Bishops be met from the current account of the Appleford Bequest." CARRIED
The Archbishop of Qu'Appelle gave a verbal report in which he stated the N.E.C. had ratified the appointment of the Reverend John Fowler as part-time director. He stated that there was some delay in returning the required forms by the dioceses but throughout the Church there is general co-operation.