The Address of Loyalty was read by the Venerable Robert T. Pynn (in English) and by the Very Reverend Walter G. Asbil (in French).
Address to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
On this fifteenth day of June in the year nineteen hundred and eight-nine, the thirty-second session of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has been convened in the city of St. John's, in the Province of Newfoundland, Canada, under the presidency of the Most Reverend Michael Peers, Primate.
The Bishops, clergy and lay members of this General Synod wish to assure you of our constant prayers that God will continue to prosper and bless your gracious reign and sustain the whole Royal Family with the healthful grace of the Holy Spirit. May God keep you far from all danger, maintain our commonwealth's public endeavours on the sure foundation of truth, compassion and justice, and order our diverse existence in unity and peace.
God save the Queen.
Addresse a la Reine
En ce quinzieme jour du juin de l'an mil neuf cent quatre-vingt-neuf, la trente-deuxieme session du Synode general de l'Eglise Episcopale du Canada s'ouvre en la ville de Saint-Jean, province de Terre-Neuve, au Canada, sous la presidence de son Excellence Reverendissime Monseigneur Michael Peers, Primate.
Les eveques, les delegues du clerge et du laicat membres de ce Synode general desirent assurer Votre Majeste de leurs prieres constants pour que Dieu continue a faire prosperer et a benir votre regne et qu'il soutienne toute la famille royale par la grace salutaire de l'Esprit. Puisse Dieu proteger Votre Majeste de tout danger, maintenir toutes les oeuvres de notre etat democratique sur les fondements assures de la verite, de la compassion et de la justice et ordonner nos diverses existences dans l'unite et la paix.
Dieu protege la Reine.
The address of loyalty was given to the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland to be forwarded to Her Majesty. Act 2
The Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland, the Honourable James McGrath, and the Right Reverend Martin Mate, Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, welcomed to Newfoundland the members, visitors and staff of the 32nd General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada.
At the request of the Primate, the Prolocutor, Dr. Diane N. Maybee, read the Presidential Address.
That this General Synod amend the Rules of Order as follows:
- 1. deleting section 17(d);
- 2. amending section 18(b) to read as follows:
-- b) The three Orders of Bishops, Clergy and Laity shall vote together unless a vote by Orders is required by the Constitution or called for pursuant to the Rules of Order. In order to be passed the motion shall require a majority of the votes cast, and abstentions shall not be counted in determining the majority.
- 3. amending section 18(d) to read as follows:
-- d) When voting by Orders, the vote shall be put to all members of General Synod regardless of the result in any order.
- 4. adding section 20(a.1) to read as follows:
--a.1) Ex officio and other non-diocesan members of General Synod shall vote with the diocese in which they are normally geographically resident for laity, or canonically resident, for clergy.
and this resolution shall come into effect upon Second Reading being given to Resolution A019 (Act 13).
Moved by: The Very Rev. Iain Luke
Seconded by: Canon Terry Leer
That Clause 4 be removed from the resolution.
Motion to table
Moved by: Mr. James Sweeney [sic i.e. Sweeny]
That the motion be tabled.
There being no seconder for the Motion to Table, consideration of the amendment continued.
That paragraphs (c) and (d) of Section 33 of Canon XXI be amended to read:
c) On receipt of an application mentioned in b) from a person who is residing in Canada in a diocese in which there is a Commission, the chaplain shall forward the application to the bishop of the diocese in which the applicant is resident.
d) If the applicant is serving or residing outside Canada or in a diocese in which there is no Commission, the chaplain shall forward the application to the Bishop Ordinary of the Canadian Forces for action.
That a new section 34 be added to Canon XXI as follows:
34. Diocesan Option
a) Notwithstanding anything in this Canon, the synod of a diocese or the Chapter of the Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces may, with the concurrence of the diocesan bishop, adopt a canon declaring that the requirement in section 27 a) of this Canon does not apply to the diocese, or the Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces.
b) In a diocese whose synod has adopted such a declaration:
i. applications for declarations of marital status under Part III shall be made to and determined by the diocesan chancellor, and
ii. applications for permission to remarry under Part IV shall be made to and decided by the incumbent of the parish or mission where it is desired that the intended marriage be celebrated. DEFEATED Act 18
N.B. This resolution was DEFEATED but still included as an Act.
That Rules of Order and Procedure 18 a) be amended by adding at the end thereof, the words:
"provided that any member who wishes to abstain from voting for reasons of conflict of interest shall be entitled to abstain on notifying the chairperson of his or her intention. Such abstentions and the names of the persons abstaining shall be recorded in the minutes"; and
that Rules of Order and Procedure 18 b) be amended by adding, at the end thereof, the words:
"and abstentions shall not be counted in determining the majority." CARRIED Act 36
The Prolocutor took the Chair while the Primate introduced Mrs. Phyllis Creighton, author of the Report. Mrs. Creighton urged careful examination both of the Report and of the continuing genetic and bio-chemical research and experimentation.
That this General Synod receives the Report "Artificial Insemination by Donor, a Study of Ethics, Medicine, and Law in our Technological Society" and commends it for study in the Church and the community.
The Motion was then put and CARRIED Act 56
Mrs. Creighton responded to questions and observations from members of the Synod.
That this General Synod extend the Courtesies of the House to Elizabeth and Peter Penashue so that they may speak on behalf of Innu people regarding the following resolution on low-level flying. CARRIED Act 62
Mr. Peter Penashue spoke to the following motion [See motion entitled "Support for Innu", Act 69].
That this Synod endorses the principle of having special badges to be used in the programme of the Church of England Scout Troops and authorizes the G.B.R.E. to continue negotiations with the Dominion Boy Scouts Association with a view to arranging for the same. CARRIED in both Houses.