The Primate introduced a letter from the General Secretary of General Synod containing a motion passed at the recent meeting of the National Executive Council.
"Be it resolved that:
The National Executive Council ask the House of Bishops to issue a statement:
1. enabling the local bishop to authorize ministers of other denominations to act as his representatives in matters pastoral and sacramental. (This was dealt with under Section (xlvi) Recognition of Ministers).
2. allowing Anglicans according to their own conscience, to receive the sacramental ministrations of other Christian traditions."
The House broke into groups for discussion on the second request and re-assembled at 10:15 a.m. Group reports were presented and after some discussion it was decided to withhold any action until a copy of the new Canon promulgated by the Church of England on this subject was available. The topic was resumed on Wednesday afternoon and the following motions were put to the House.
"That an editorial committee be appointed by the House to deal with the reports from the groups and the English Canon." CARRIED
"Moved by Bishop Goodman (Calgary)
Seconded by Bishop Maguire (Montreal)
"That the five bishops who reported for the groups form the Editorial Committee." CARRIED
Bishop Seaborn introduced an interim report and asked for further direction as the Committee had not had sufficient time to consider services from other areas such as Calgary and Winnipeg. It was felt the report should be received and the Committee continue its work.
"That the Report on Institution and Induction Services be received." CARRIED
The Archdeacon clarified many points connected with pensions ad made valuable suggestions. He referred especially to ordained men in secular employment who have permission to officiate in a priestly capacity. The Department of National Revenue considers these men to be employed by the Church even though they are non-stipendiary.
In pension concerns, ordination means employment. Men in this category should be asked to sign a waiver, (and their wives too) stating that they understand they are not members of the Church Pension Plan and will make no claim upon it.
In the Province of Ontario clergymen engaged in the teaching profession may transfer their equity in the Church Pension Fund to the Teachers Association Pension Fund and, if they return to full time work in the Church the total equity can be transferred back.
At the present time a clergyman's wife who is divorced surrenders all benefits from the Pension Fund unless it is decreed otherwise by the Courts. Children of the marriage, however, remain eligible for benefits. The Archdeacon mentioned that now the Clergy have to pay Unemployment Insurance there are certain benefits accruing in this respect. Voluntary contributions, additional to the pension premium, can be paid into a Clergy Retirement Savings Fund. This is open to clergymen who may be earning money from other than a Church source and are considered not to be employed in the eyes of the Church. Contributions up to $2,500 may be made annually, Income Tax deductible, that tax being paid when the assets are withdrawn on retirement. Withdrawal may be done in various ways:
1. by a lump sum Income Tax being paid on the full amount;
2. by periodic withdrawal, Income Tax being paid on the amount withdrawn;
3. the purchasing of an annuity
When a participant dies Savings Fund money, plus interest, is paid to the estate of the deceased.
"That the thanks of the House be given to Archdeacon Hobson for all the information given to us, and for all he is doing through the Pension Fund." CARRIED