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 Archbishop of British Columbia was granted suspension of the rules of order to express the gratitude of the House of Bishops to His Grace, the Primate, for the ability, graciousness and dignity with which he had carried out his responsibilities as Primate of the host Church in the recent Anglican Congress in Toronto (August 13th - 23rd) .
"That this House of Bishops heartily congratulates His Grace, the Primate, on his outstanding contribution towards the success and happiness of the recent Anglican Congress, and reassures him of its respectful and affectionate regard, and of its continuous prayerful remembrance of him." CARRIED by standing vote
That an offering be given in chapel on Friday morning and given to the rural Dean of Scarborough with the request that he use it to purchase some article of furnishing and place it in his church as a memento of our visit to his parish, and our appreciation of his care and co-operation in preparing for our worship during the week of our meetings. CARRIED.
The Secretary announced later that the Offering amounted to $54.00.
At this point the Archbishop of Fredericton requested permission for the Archbishop of Algoma to take the chair. Consent was given and the Archbishop of Fredericton expressed the great appreciation of the House for the guidance of the House and the conduct of the meeting by the Primate; also, to Bishop and Mrs. Reed for the splendid arrangements and generous hospitality throughout the duration of the meetings: to Archdeacon and Mrs. Bradley for the hospitality of the parish and of the rectory: to the local committee for many kindnesses: to the ladies of the Anglican Church Women of Trinity parish for the luncheon and other gracious favours: to the Mayor and Council of the City of Cornwall: to the Secretary of Archdeacon Bradley for her ready and willing services: to the Archbishop of Algoma for chairing the earlier sessions.
This motion of appreciation was carried unanimously and with great feeling.
When the Primate had resumed the chair, the Archbishop of Algoma spoke a word of friendly concern for the Bishop of Cariboo as he carries out his duties as Executive Secretary of the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop assured him that he has the confidence and support of all members of this House, especially as he carries his responsibilities as Secretary of Lambeth Conference arrangements. This word of support was applauded heartily.
The Primate thanked the Archbishop of Algoma for his assistance during the meeting and said an additional word of appreciation for the presence of Archbishop Carrington.
"That we express our warm appreciation to the Secretaries of the House of Bishops."
"That the House express to the Primate its deep appreciation for the leadership which he is giving to the Church and particularly for his thoughtful leadership of the House as Chairman during these meetings; also that the thanks of the House be extended to its two secretaries." CARRIED
The resolution received the unanimous approval of the House.
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."
"That a message of warm thanks and appreciation be sent to His Honour the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and Mrs. Pearkes for their kind hospitality and for the gracious manner in which they received the bishops and their wives."