That the Primate be asked to refer to the Metropolitans the implications of H.4 and 5 regarding Training of Older Men for the Ministry, so that appropriate action to carry out recommendations may be taken in the several provinces. CARRIED.
[Text of Report (sections H4 and H5 not included in electronic database.]
The Bishop of Saskatoon spoke briefly on this subject and mentioned that the Heads of Colleges were desirous of having all the Heads of Colleges on the Committee on Theological Education and not just five as had been suggested during the last meeting of the House. This discussion was followed by a Motion.
That the action of the House of Bishops re the Committee on Theological Education stand.
In his Report, the Bishop quoted the Resolutions 88/91 of the Lambeth Conference 1958, and gave various instances of the way in which the Office of Deacon is regarded in various sections of the Church. Appended to the Report, which was one of progress, was an article on Deacons from the Dictionary of Doctrinal and Historical Theology.
In discussion which followed the Bishops of Toronto and Niagara spoke of the use made by them of Perpetual Deacons who were either retired or presently engaged in lay-work. It was generally agreed that these men should be on the Clergy List but not members of the Pension Fund. The men working in Toronto and Niagara are voluntary and receive no remuneration. When asked about the movement to some other diocese and the steps taken in such a case, it was reported that, so far, this matter had not arisen.
(c) The Bishop of Ontario spoke of the need for greater care in the issuing of Letters Dimissory but he did not advocate issuing them in respect of Deacons. In response to a question asked by the House of Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada, there was some discussion on the administration of the chalice by laymen and the Bishop of Niagara expressed the desire for a Commission to assist in an over-all Canadian system, but not a system which would make it necessary to ordain a man Deacon to have his assistance in the administration of Holy Communion.
That we request the Committee on Deacons and Supplementary Ministries to continue their study, and received reports from Dioceses in Canada and elsewhere in which men have been ordered Deacons who remain in secular work and assist a Parish Priest on Sundays, with reference to the conditions of their preparation and selection, the Committee to report at the next meeting of this of this House of Bishops. CARRIED.
A further question from the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada "Should a Deacon be given permission to administer the Holy Communion to the sick in their homes?" was deferred until the Committee had again reported.
The Bishop of Ottawa advised the House that there appeared to be a good deal of discontent with the plans for the new Church House passed at the Executive Council meetings. Many expressed dis-satisfaction with the plans but it was pointed out that it was a serious matter for the House of Bishops to propose changing a resolution of General Synod. There was a feeling that a Church building should express something of the beautiful as well as the utilitarian.
That this House of Bishops feels some concern about the plans going forward for the enlarging of "Church House", our national headquarters, and while we are grateful to those on the Church House Building Committee who have given careful study to the matter, nevertheless, we feel that the sense of urgency under which they had to work before General Synod at Ste. Anne de Bellevue is now somewhat lessened in view of the fact that the Diocese of the Arctic office, the Canadian Churchman and the Pension Board have secured quarters outside of Church House, and that there is now the opportunity to give further study to the best long-term solution, and in view of these considerations we ask that the Central Executive consider halting further action on the project and request the Committee to re-open the question and conduct a further investigation as to whether the present site and plan are the best available and whether a better plan to meet future needs can be devised. In view of these considerations we ask the Primate or his deputy, to convey this concern to the Central Executive Committee. CARRIED.
The Chairman of the General Synod Committee on Prayer Book Revision, the Bishop of Newfoundland spoke of developments in liturgical experimentation over the past year. A number of Dioceses now have Liturgical Committees. Several have begun to use versions of Scripture other than the RSV for the epistles and gospels in the Communion service.
Considerable experimentation is going on in other parts of the Communion. Prayer Book Revision has been largely concentrated on the Communion service. The Church in New Zealand has issued a revision of the Communion service which is authorized as an alternative for experimental use. The Church of England has taken similar action as have PECUSA and the Church in Australia.
There is some desire for a revised lectionary and for attention to be given to the Baptism service and Morning and Evening Prayer. This desire for change is balanced by a dislike on the part of many persons of changes and experimental services. The traditional forms of worship do not speak to young people today in a meaningful way. The present variety in uses at the Eucharist is becoming a source of disunity in the Church.
The Chairman of the Committee suggested that the House look again at the question of versions of Holy Scripture to be approved for us in the services of the Church. He also drew attention to the report of the Committee to be presented to General Synod (see the Convening Circular, page 316) with particular reference to the Substantive resolutions.
That points 2, 3, and 4, p. 24 of 1965 Minutes be re-opened for discussion and possible reconsideration.
Text of points 2, 3 and 4 from p. 24 of the 18-21 August 1965 House of Bishops Minutes:
2. That until the New English Bible be published in toto, no direction be given for its use at Morning or Evening Prayer and in the Occasional Offices.
3. That, in regard to the Epistles and Gospels appointed for the Holy Communion, Diocesan Bishops may, at their discretion, authorize the use of either the Revised Standard Version or the New English Bible.
4. That personal translations (e.g. Moffat, Phillips, et al) be not commended for use in public worship.
That with respect to point 3 we concur with the action of the House of Bishops in 1965.
Text of Point 3 from the August 1965 House of Bishops Minutes, page 24, reads:
"3. That, in regard to the Epistles and Gospels appointed for the Holy Communion, Diocesan Bishops may, at their discretion, authorize the use of either the Revised Standard Version or the New English Bible".
That the Chairman be asked to appoint a small Committee to prepare a background statement explaining the reasons governing our actions in regard to recommendations 2, 3, and 4, on page twenty-four of the 1965 Minutes and to recommend steps that should be taken to bring this before General Synod.
The Committee later appointed by the Primate was: the Bishop of Montreal (Convenor), the Bishops of Ottawa, Qu' Appelle, Kootenay, and Saskatoon.