That the Report on Overseas Bishops serving outside the Jurisdiction of the Canadian Church be adopted unanimously as follows.
CONCERNING STATUS OF MISSIONARY BISHOPS SERVING OVERSEAS
That this General Synod of the Church of England in Canada, duly assembled in the City of London, Ontario, on September 11th, 1952, hereby recommends the following seven clauses as regulations for procedure in the matters of Bishops serving overseas in areas not under the jurisdiction of the Church of England in Canada, until such time as a Canon shall come into force to take the place of Canon XIII to be abrogated.
Concerning the status of Missionary Bishops serving overseas:
1. Any Canadian missionary who may be elected Bishop or Assistant Bishop of a Diocese or District not under the jurisdiction of the Church of England in Canada, will be required to have obtained the approval of the M.S.C.C. and the House of Bishops of this Church, if such action should entail financial aid from the M.S.C.C.
2. No Canadian missionary Bishop, owing allegiance to the Metropolitan of another national jurisdiction of the Anglican Communion, has the right to a seat in the House of Bishops of this Church, but may be invited by the Primate to attend meetings of the House as an honoured guest.
3. Relationships of a metropolitical nature between the Canadian Church and the national Churches where Canadian Bishops serve shall be dealt with by the Primate of this Church and the Metropolitan of the national Church concerned. All other routine missionary matters may be conducted in the usual way between the M.S.C.C. and the Canadian Bishop, the latter acting as liaison representative, between the national Church and the Church in Canada.
4. Should a Canadian missionary Bishop require to resign his office in the national Church for the purpose of returning to Canada, he would be expected to inform the M.S.C.C. of his intention, and to render his resignation to his national Metropolitan, who, if the resignation was accepted, would grant him a bene decessit and commmend him to the Primate of the Church of Canada.
5. The Primate upon receipt of the Metropolitan's commendation may request the opinion of the members of the House of Bishops, and if a majority of the members approve, the missionary Bishop will be allowed full status as a retired missionary Bishop in the Church of England in Canada, after subscribing to the Declaration of Assent to the Constitution and Canons of this Church, and taking the Oath of Allegiance to the Primate as his Metropolitan, which this Church requires of all its Bishops.
6. The pension liabilities and benefits of such a missionary Bishop would ordinarily be decided by the Department of Pensions.
NOTE: This has been passed unanimously by the Upper House and, if concurred in by the Lower House, is to be passed over to the Committee on Constitution and Canons for the preparation of a Canon to be submitted to the next General Synod.
That the Lower House concur in Message U23 of the Upper House. CARRIED Message L-41.