The Minutes of the meeting of the House held in Montebello, P.Q. on August 28th to 30th 1959, as printed and circulated, were adopted.
(iii) Report on Deceased Members.
The Bishop of Nova Scotia reported, with deep regret, the passing on January 25th, 1960, of the Right Reverend William Charles White, retired Bishop of Honan, China, and the first Bishop of that Diocese. Consecrated in November 30th, 1909 in St. James' Cathedral, Toronto, Bishop White gave his life to the work of the Church overseas. Due to his zeal and perseverance, the way was opened for the consecration of a Chinese priest to succeed him and thereby an indigenous episcopate for the Chung Hwa Sheng Kung Hui was established.
The Bishop of Ontario presented the revision of "Guidelines" which had been presented to the House at Augusta, 1968, but which had not been dealt with at that time. This revision of the Guidelines was printed as Appendix D to the Minutes of the 1968 Augusta meeting.
The Archbishop of Algoma also presented a report on behalf of a Committee appointed by the Primate to bring Lambeth Resolutions 40 and 41 before the House. This report was brought in while the House considered "Guidelines on Bishops" because its content was pertinent.
The report was as follows:
In concurring with Resolution 40 (Lambeth Conference, 1968) the Committee appointed by the Primate, consisting of the Bishop of Moosonee, the Bishop of James' Bay and the Archbishop of Algoma, recommend that the Canadian House of Bishops adopt Resolution 40 (Lambeth Conference, 1968) and that the same be incorporated in the Minutes of this meeting.
For the implementation of this motion, the Committee would refer to Appendix D, Section VIII, Cl. (2) on page 31, 1968 Minutes -- (Guidelines for the use of Bishops) and further that Cl. (5) Section (e) be changed to make obligatory the appointment of an Assistant Bishop as ex officio member of the Executive.
Resolution 40: "The Conference affirms its opinion that all co-adjutor, suffragan, and full-time assistant bishops should exercise every kind of episcopal function and have their place as Bishops in the councils of the Church."
The Committee recommend to the House of Bishops, the adoption of Resolution 41.
Resolution 41: "The Conference recommends that the bishops as leaders and representatives of a servant Church, should radically examine the honours paid to them in the course of divine worship, in titles and customary address, and in style of living, while having the necessary facilities for the efficient carry on of their work."
In its implementation, the Committee would suggest the dropping of diocesan signatures and meaningless titles, such as "My Lord".
"That the Committee Report relative to Resolution 40 of Lambeth be adopted."
A letter had been received from the General Secretary of General Synod on behalf of N.E.C. forwarding suggestions from the Commission on the Primacy with a request for the comments of the House. The Primate introduced the subject but discussion was delayed until the next session. (Continued in Item xxx.)
"That the communication from the General Secretary containing suggestions on the Primacy be received."
The proposals from the Commission on the Primacy were as follows:
1. There shall be a Primate who shall be the presiding bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, and who, on assuming this office, shall be the senior Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Canada, with the title of Archbishop.
2. The Primate shall be identified and canonically established as chief pastor to the whole Church.
3. He shall be charged with giving leadership in initiating and developing the policy and strategy of the Church, including the implementation of decisions of General Synod throughout the whole Church.
4. He may take order for the Consecration of Bishops, when duly elected, if such provision is made by any of the Synods of the several Ecclesiastical Provinces.
5. He shall maintain his office at the national headquarters of the Church, presently in Toronto, Ontario, and shall be considered to be the chief executive officer of the national staff; he may delegate such authority and responsibility to other executive staff, including any personal assistants who may be appointed by him after provision of financial requirements.
6. The Administration and Finance Committee shall determine annually the financial needs of the Primate, including all salaries, office expenses, living allowance, travel expenses, entertainment allowance, and other attendant expenses; funds above those provided from the income of any capital fund shall be obtained through the General synod Apportionment or Assessment.
7. If considered advisable by the House of Bishops and the clergy concerned clerical members of the national staff and overseas personnel may be licensed by the Primate, to enhance the pastoral relationship with such persons; a relationship may be established, by agreement of the Bishops, with clergy who are placed on the "House of Bishops' List".
8. The Primate shall (a) preside over the House of Bishops;
- (b) preside over the Upper House;
- (c) preside over the General Synod in joint session;
- (d) preside over the National Executive Council;
- (e) be ex officio a member of all Committees and Commissions.
This section shall not be considered to preclude the possibility of others presiding over the above bodies, from time to time.
9. He may speak in the name of the Church, after consultation with the National Executive Council or General Synod.
10. He shall be detached from specific diocesan and/or Provincial duties and responsibilities upon his election as Primate; i.e., he shall resign his see and relinquish his Provincial duties, if any.
11. The Primate shall hold office until he resigns or reaches the age of 70, at which time the office shall be filled, pro tem, by the senior Provincial Metropolitan.
12. Present canonical provisions for the resignation of and for filling the office of Primate shall apply and be reworded as necessary (see Canon III).
13. Other constitutional and canonical changes shall be made as required to implement these Proposals.
The proposals were dealt with one by one.
Proposal 1 was approved.
Proposal 2 -- Moved by the Bishop of Ontario, seconded by the Archbishop of New Westminster and carried:
"That we recommend that Proposal 2 be removed because, as it is presently understood, the office of chief pastor pertains to the Bishop of the Diocese."
Proposal 3 was approved.
Proposal 4 -- Moved by the Bishop of Brandon, seconded by the Bishop of Ontario:
"That the Primate may be the chief Consecrator at the Consecration of Bishops if such provision is made by any Synods of the several Ecclesiastical Provinces."
(This motion later was withdrawn.)
Moved by the Bishop of Huron, seconded by the Bishop of Nova Scotia:
"That the Primate may be the chief Consecrator at the Consecration of Bishops and that we suggest to the Provinces that they make provision for the Primate to alternate with the Provincial Metropolitan in acting as Chief Consecrator."
This was received as an alternative motion.
An amendment to the motion of the Bishop of Brandon was moved by the Bishop of Kootenay, seconded by the Bishop of Calgary:
"That we recommend the deletion of Proposal 4 pending the receipt of the report of the Committee on the structure of the Church concerning Ecclesiastical Provinces."
On the withdrawal of the motion of the Bishop of Brandon this amendment became an alternative motion.
A further alternative motion was moved by the Bishop of Ottawa, seconded by the Bishop of Newfoundland:
"The House of Bishops expresses its judgment that the Primate should normally be the Consecrator of Bishops."
The Chairman ruled that the several motions and amendments were alternative motions. The three alternative motions were put to the House in the following order -- the motions of the Bishop of Huron, the Bishop of Kootenay and the Bishop of Ottawa.
The Bishop of Huron's motion was defeated.
The Bishop of Kootenay's motion was carried, i.e., "That we recommend the deletion of Proposal 4 pending the receipt of the report of the Committee on the structure of the Church concerning Ecclesiastical Provinces."
The Bishop of Ottawa's motion was lost.
The Bishop of Brandon then moved an amended form of the motion of the Bishop of Ottawa, seconded by the Bishop of Calgary, which carried:
"That we recommend to the Committee on Structure of the Church that a study be made of the possibility of Canada being only one Province (Ecclesiastical) with the Primate as the Metropolitan." (For 15 - Against 8).
Proposal 5 -- The Bishop of Ontario moved an amendment to the proposal, seconded by the Coadjutor Bishop of Rupert's Land:
"That the words 'and Pastor' be inserted after 'officer', line 3, and the word 'executive' in line 4, be deleted."
This motion was later withdrawn.
Moved by the Bishop of Huron, in amendment, seconded by the Bishop of James Bay:
"That everything following 'Ontario' be deleted."
This amendment was lost, 10 to 11. The Bishop of Ontario's motion was then withdrawn.
Moved by the Bishop of Saskatoon, seconded by the Bishop of Montreal and carried:
"He shall maintain his office at the national headquarters of the Church and shall be charged with giving leadership, through the national staff and other agencies of the Church, in initiating and developing the policy and strategy of the Church, including the implementation of decisions of General Synod throughout the whole Church."
Proposal 6 was accepted.
Proposal 7 -- Moved by the Bishop of Brandon, seconded by the Bishop of Athabasca and carried:
"That the House agrees to the idea of Proposal seven and recommends that a procedure such as outlined in Canon XXI be followed as it refers to Chaplains in the Forces."
Proposal 8 -- Moved by the Bishop of Ontario, seconded by the Bishop of Yukon:
"That we recommend deletion of Clause 'a' of Proposal 8."
Moved by the Bishop of Newfoundland, seconded by the Bishop of Ontario and carried:
"That the House of Bishops inform the Commission on the Primacy that the House wishes to give further consideration to the Primate necessarily presiding over this House."
Proposal 9 -- No comment.
Proposal 10 -- Moved by the Bishop of Newfoundland, seconded by the Bishop of Cariboo and carried unanimously.
"That the House of Bishops recommends in regard to Proposal 10 that the House of Bishops of the Province of Ontario be asked to explore the possibility of providing an alternative solution by means of a small diocese or Collegiate Church within that Province. The House of Bishops further recommends that the present arrangement with the Province of Rupert's Land and with N.E.C. be extended until such time as a decision is reached."