Dr. J.R.H. Dempster introduced the Doctrine and Worship Committee Resolutions on Christian Initiation.
Moved by: Dr. J.R.H. Dempster
Seconded by: Bishop R.K. Maguire
THAT this General Synod,
1. having considered the proposed Order for Holy Baptism, together with its appended forms for the Re-Affirmation of Baptismal Vows and for the Reception of Persons from another Christian Denomination, requests the House of Bishops to give careful pastoral consideration until the next General Synod to the effects on the life of our Church of using this Order, this consideration to include the possibility of authorizing carefully defined trial use as an alternative to the forms of service of Holy Baptism and Confirmation contained in the Book of Common Prayer;
2. and further, that this General Synod intends, and requests the House of Bishops to declare, that where trial use is duly authorized, persons initiated by the said proposed Order of Holy Baptism shall be firmly recognized as members of the Holy Catholic Church and admitted to Holy Communion (unless ineligible for other cause), and that no supplementary act of Christian Initiation shall be deemed necessary.
It was agreed that all motions relating to Christian Initiation be placed before Synod at this time.
Moved by: Chancellor H.R.S. Ryan
Seconded by: Canon A.G. Baker
THAT sub-sections 3. and 4. be added to the motion as follows:
3. That General Synod request the House of Bishops to give, where necessary, dispensation from the last rubric at the end of the order of Service of Confirmation in the Book of Common Prayer;
4. That Christian Initiation be the subject of intensive study, both from the theological and pastoral points of view throughout the Canadian Church;
and that the responsibility for this study, including the provision of materials, and the initiation and support of specific projects for study be entrusted to the Doctrine and Worship Committee;
and that the subject be on the agenda of the next General Synod.
A long and carefully presented debate followed, with speeches from representatives of many groups in both Orders.
The debate concluded at 10:00 p.m.
THAT the motion be put. CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
The vote on the original motion, moved by Dr. J.R.H. Dempster, seconded by Bishop R.K. Maguire, including the addition proposed by Chancellor H.R.S. Ryan and Canon A.G. Baker, which had been accepted by the mover and seconder, was then put, and CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS Act 53
The session concluded with the Primate calling the members to a period of prayer, followed by the repetition of the Grace in unison.
This report was presented by the Archbishop of Kootenay. Considerable discussion arose out of the report which was, on motion of the Archbishop of Kootenay, seconded by Mr. R.W. Allin, carried in both Houses.
Your Committee regrets that it cannot submit any report either on the "state" of the Church or on statistical returns. The information supplied is insufficient in both cases. Only nine bishops have replied to a request for a Church report of conditions in their areas; for the year 1944 statistical returns were not received until this year, and the figures of two important dioceses are still unavailable; less than half the returns for 1945 have been received.
Your Committee requests that it be relieved of its duties unless fuller cooperation is forthcoming and needful information supplied. It would however stress the great loss which the Church would suffer, if information as to the ebb and flow of Church life in various parts of the Dominion is not available. It may point out that the proportion of active to missing Anglicans would never have been known if statistics had not been collected and synthesized.
That this Synod requests the Committee on Statistics and State of the Church to continue its labours and calls upon all Dioceses to extend to the Committee the fullest co-operation so that all needful information may be supplied. CARRIED in both Houses.
THAT the Program Committee urgently consider the placing of renewed emphasis on the publication of bulletins reflecting the Church's present insights into current social problems, and improve the methods of distribution not only to the clergy and the Church at large, but also to specific groups and professions whose concerns are dealt with in particular bulletins.