That this General Synod in stressing the sacredness of Marriage and the sanctity of home life, is seriously concerned to make more effective the pastoral ministry of bishops and priests in their desire to approach the vexed problems relating to marriage, the building up of a healthy home life, and the stability of social conditions in every community. CARRIED in both Houses.
That, having considered certain requests of the General Commission on Church Union, made at its meeting held May 27-29, 1968, that the Anglican Church and the United Church enter into various programmes of co-operation, and having in mind the advice of the Joint Meeting of the Executive of General Council and the National Executive Council of General Synod, that such proposals for common action be such as are appropriate, helpful and possible at each stage of our growing together.
This General Synod expresses its agreement that some forms of co-operation are permissible as the two churches grow together, and refers the specific proposals of the General Commission to the committees concerned, with power to act as far as the Constitution and Canons of General Synod allow. CARRIED in both Houses.
Message No.3 "Report of the Committee on Method of Electing the Primate" consideration of which had been deferred until the Report should be in the hands of the members of the House, was now considered. The following Report was read by the Deputy-Prolocutor:
Committee on Method of Electing the Primate
The Committee met on Monday evening, Sept. 12th, 1927, in the City Hall, Kingston, Ont.
There were present, the Archbishops of Huron and New Westminster, the Bishops of Fredericton, Montreal, Ottawa and Saskatchewan, and Chancellor Gisborne.
The Archbishop of Huron was elected chairman of the Committee in succession to the Archbishop of Algoma.
The Chairman reviewed the work of the Committee hitherto and read the correspondence which had been handed to him by the Archbishop of Algoma. The correspondence covered a period from 1921 to the present time.
After a full consideration of the present situation and of suggested changes, the Committee passed the following resolution, viz.:
"That the Committee, after careful consideration of many points of view, both practical and historical, that have been brought before them, have come to the conclusion that they can recommend no change in the method of the election of the Primate."
The Committee now beg to submit this Report and recommend its adoption.
David Huron, Chairman; John Charles Ottawa, Secretary; Sept. 12, 1927, Kingston, Ont.
Resolved, That this House concurs in Message No.3.
No.3 Election of Primate
That the Report of the Committee on the Method of Election of Primate be adopted recommending that no change be made in the manner of the election and that the Lower House be asked to concur.
That the Lower House concurs in Message No.3 of the Upper House.
That this General Synod wholeheartedly commends the heroic Christian action of the Reverend Michael Scott on behalf of minority and underprivileged racial groups in Africa and the presentation of their case before the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations; and that this General Synod condemns the unchristian doctrine of RACISM wherever it may be found. (See also resolution p.69.) CARRIED in both Houses.
That whereas the illicit use of narcotic drugs in Canada is steadily increasing, and grave evidence of drug addiction among juveniles is accumulating rapidly, and that its incidence in our adult population has reached alarming proportions, and whereas existing methods of control under the provisions of the Canadian Opium and Narcotics Drug Act have not only failed to reduce the traffic, but have allowed it to increase, and whereas, moreover, there is abundant evidence that the treatment of addicts is a medical rather than a criminal problem;
Be it RESOLVED that the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada endorses, in principle, the several recommendations proposed by the Vancouver Community Chest and Council Narcotics Study Committee, as well as those of Mr. R.S.S. Wilson, a former Superintendent of the R.C.M.P., and further endorses the recommendations of the Social Service Committees of the Dioceses of British Columbia and New Westminster;
And that the Federal Government, through the Minister of Justice, and the Minister of Health and Welfare, be urged to take immediate steps to implement these recommendations, and further, that publicity and a programme of education should be launched to bring this matter more forcibly before the Canadian people. CARRIED in both Houses.