That this Executive Council expresses its appreciation of the work of our Chaplains in the Armed Services and sends its greetings to them, and its best wishes for God's continued blessing upon them in their important ministry, and would further couple with this resolution a warm tribute to the Rt. Rev. I.A. Norris, Bishop of Brandon, on the devoted and able leadership he provides to this area of the Church's mission as our Bishop Ordinary to the forces. CARRIED
The Secretary reported correspondence to be dealt with by the House. Letters were from the following:
1. General Secretary, Department of Religious Education re inter-communion in conference settings.
2. Bishop of Saskatoon re application of Canon XXVII to clergy.
3. Bishop of Nova Scotia re Deacons taking Holy Communion to the sick.
4. Archbishop of British Columbia re use of the Thirty-nine Articles.
5. Suffragan Bishop of Toronto re joint Anglican-United Church services during holiday periods.
6. General Secretary of General Synod re expenses and role of the House of Bishops.
7. Secretary of Anglican-Roman Catholic Committee of General Synod.
8. Executive Officer of the Pension Board -- re Old Age Security and re health of candidates for ordination.
9. Presiding Bishop of PECUSA re 1968 meeting of the House.
10. Rev. C.C. Landon re Principles of Union.
11. Rev. P. Meggs, Department of Information and Stewardship re observer at House meetings.
That letters No. 1-7 in correspondence be dealt with in the course of the meeting.
With respect to letters No. 8 from the Executive Officer of the Pension Board and letter No. 10 from Rev. C.C. Landon re Principles of Reunion, it was moved by the Bishop of Brandon, seconded by the Bishop of New Westminster and carried:
"That the Chairman appoint a Committee to study the letters and advise us as to the action which should be taken by this House." (For action taken see Item (xliv).)
Letter No. 9 from the Presiding Bishop of PECUSA and letter No. 11 from the Rev. Peter Meggs were set aside for consideration when the Primate had assumed the chair. (For action taken see Items (xii) and (xiii).)
The Bishop of Niagara then spoke to the House on the matter of the financial aspect of the Primacy, as the Board of Finance is in need of new terms of reference and also because of the need for new thinking about the costs. There was considerable discussion out of which came the following Motion from the Assistant Bishop of Newfoundland, seconded by the Suffragan Bishop of Huron
(1) That the stipend of the Primate be $12,000.00 per annum: the General Synod making up whatever difference there may be between the amount paid by the Primate's Diocese and the above amount.
(2) That payment of house utilities together with the travelling and hospitality expenses of the Primate be chargeable to General Synod.
(3) That secretarial expenses of the Primate's office be paid by General Synod.
(4) That the sum of $8,000.00 be payable to the Diocese towards the stipend and expenses of the Suffragan Bishop of the Primate.
(5) That the above be subject to periodic review. CARRIED
An amendment moved by the Bishop of Niagara and the coadjutor Bishop of Toronto seconding was first presented
That General synod pay the Primate a stipend of $12,000.00. Expenses of Primate's house with heat and telephone, all primatial expenses and hospitality together with extra secretarial expenses being paid by General synod. Lost.
Following these there was some discussion about the way by which some action could be obtained. Moved by the Bishop of Fredericton seconded by the Bishop of Brandon
That the Motion concerning the Primate's stipend and allowances which was passed by a majority vote of this House be referred to the Board of Finance of General Synod. Lost.
That this House ask the Archbishop of Ontario to introduce to the Executive Council a resolution in these terms: "That the Board of Finance be asked to review the scale of stipend and allowances for the Primate; and report to the Central Executive Committee which will have power to act." CARRIED.
The Bishop of Quebec reported for his Committee as follows:
"Since our last meeting at Atlanta your Committee has met once -- in May of this year -- in order to discuss the Hendry Report. At this meeting the following motion was carried:
- "That this House of Bishops' Committee on Native Canadians commends the General Synod Program Committee for initiating the Hendry Report and suggests that implementation and action arising from the Report be taken in consultation with General Synod delegates of Native ancestry and, where possible, be presented to General Synod by Indian and/or Eskimo delegates."
We are to meet again at the time of the Quarterly meetings next week, at which time we expect to receive a report from the Program Committee concerning the action to be taken in regard to the General Synod resolutions on the Hendry Report and the Government's White Paper on Indian Affairs.
An Ad Hoc Committee of Bishops concerned with the appointment of Chaplains in Hostels was set up during the past year and negotiations with the Department of Indian Affairs have resulted in an agreement to the appointment of stipendiary chaplains. Bishop Watton of Moosonee represented the Bishops in these negotiations.
Some months ago an important change in attitude vis-a-vis the Roman Church and our Communion in the Rupert's House area took place by which Bishop Leguerrier withdrew Oblates from Christian settlements in which there are no Roman Catholics. Bishop Watton will report verbally more full on this matter.
Since the inception of this Committee in 1963, Canon Trevor Jones has been our secretary. In view of the changes in his responsibilities on the Church House staff, Bishop Cook has become the secretary of this Committee. We record our appreciation of the excellent services rendered by Canon Jones during these past years."
The Bishop of Moosonee reported that he had received a letter from the Roman Catholic Bishop of James' Bay stating that he was withdrawing their staff from settlements where they had no adherents. In some places, the Bishop of Moosonee said, they had been rendering excellent social service which has now been dropped. The Anglican Church does not have the facilities to fill the gaps thus resulting.
The Bishop of the Arctic outlined a plan for the training of five native men in the Arctic with the hope that they will be available in due course for ordination for service in the Arctic.
"That the report of the committee on Native Canadians be received."
"That the Committee on Native Canadians be continued and that the Primate be asked to appoint the members." CARRIED