A third letter from Mr. E.W. Netten of Price Waterhouse and Co. was presented as follows:
"In accordance with your request, we are pleased to restate and amplify the comments, made in our report of May 5, 1967, relating to the establishment of an Executive Committee of the National Executive Council.
As the ongoing interim unit acting for the General Synod between Synod meetings, the NEC is responsible for policy direction of the national affairs of the Church. Yet the NEC meets no more often than quarterly, and as many as six months may elapse between its meetings (for example, we are told that it will not meet between May and November this year).
Thus the question has arisen as to how best to deal with matters which are the prerogative of the NEC to decide and which come up for quick action in the three-to-six month interval between its meetings. Such matters could, of course, be held over until the next Council meeting, but it can be expected that the lengthy delays which sometimes would ensue could prevent the Church from acting expeditiously on important decisions, and thereby would prove detrimental to its interests. Nor it is really practical for the members of NEC to be polled individually on such matters by mail or telephone.
It is quite possible for the NEC to devolve to the Primate the responsibility for taking decisions on these matters whenever, in his judgement, delay until the next NEC meeting could be inimical to the Church's cause. Indeed, we understand that this is the practice currently followed on an informal basis. However, from an organizational point of view, we do not believe this to be the best long-term solution, since it places an undue burden of responsibility upon the shoulders of one man.
We conclude now - as we did last May - that there is much logic in creating a small Executive Committee of the NEC which would be delegated the authority to consider and decide matters, normally handled by the NEC, requiring prompt action and decision. The Committee would function only for this defined purpose. It would not operate as an "inner cabinet," nor would it conduct business which the NEC is capable of undertaking itself. It would be accountable to the NEC, and all its decisions would be subject to review and ratification at the next NEC meeting.
So that it could convene readily on short notice at the call of the Chair, its membership should not be large. It might consist of:
Voting...The Primate (Chairman)
.........The Prolocutor of The Lower House
.........Two or three active members of the NEC (preferably including the Chairmen of the Program Committee and the Administration and Finance Committee, if they are members of the NEC, or can be co-opted thereto.)
.............Director of Administration and Finance
With its membership composed along these lines, the Committee would be small enough to be effective in expediting its agenda, yet broad enough to be representative of both the policy making and implementation areas of program and administration.
We would be pleased to discuss this subject further with you if you wish."
On motion of Chancellor R.H. Soward, seconded by the Very Rev. F.R. Gartrell, the two aforementioned letters were received.
Moved by Chancellor R.H. Soward, seconded by Dr. E.W. Balcom,
That there be appointed an Executive Committee of the NEC, consisting of:
Voting members...The Primate
.................The Deputy Prolocutor
.................Two other members of the NEC
.................The General Secretary of General Synod
Non-voting...The Executive Director of Program
.............The Director of Administration and Finance
That this matter be referred to the committee consisting of the officers so named and the two people selected by the Primate, to bring in suggested specific terms of reference for such an Executive Committee, to report to the next meeting of the NEC.
The amendment was then CARRIED.
In response to the question as to who would be taking care of the Primate's responsibilities while he is attending the Lambeth Conference during the summer of 1968, His Grace stated that, because all the other bishops also would be at Lambeth, he had asked Canon R.R. Latimer to be responsible for correspondence and for any matters that require immediate attention. Although Canon Latimer was to have assumed his duties as the Anglican Executive Commissioner on June 1, 1968, he had agreed to continue these additional responsibilities until September 1, for which the Primate expressed his gratitude.
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."