'A sentence of deposition includes all the consequences of deprivation and at the same time deprives the offender of the Office and exercise of his Orders and ministry and all privileges arising therefrom'."
"That this motion be referred to the House of Bishops."
Chancellor Jones presented the report and provided a detailed explanation for each of the following Parts – A, B and C – and it was agreed that the committee’s requests would be placed before COGS as an omnibus resolution:
- A. Changes made by the Council of General Synod
- B. Consequential Amendments to References in the Constitution, and
- C. Canon XIX – Forms required.
That the Council of General Synod receive the report of the Handbook Concerns Committee and forward it to General Synod 2013 with a recommendation that General Synod enact appropriate resolutions.
1. Changes made by the Council of General Synod
Confirmation of Terms of Reference of Standing Committees
Resolved that General Synod confirm the adoption or changes made by the Council of General Synod to the terms of reference of standing committees:
1. Communications and Information Resources Committee—terms of reference approved by COGS in May 2008, inadvertently not referred to General Synod 2010, referred by COGS in November 2010 to the current Handbook Concerns Committee for action at General Synod 2013 (as contained at page 136 in Appendix B in the current Handbook).
2. Communications and Information Resources Committee—references to “the Anglican Journal Board” in paragraphs 1 e) and 2 b) changed to “the Anglican Journal Committee” by COGS in May 2012.
3. Philanthropy Committee—terms of reference approved by COGS in November 2010 (as contained at page 138 in Appendix B in the current Handbook, with additional changes noted in #4 and #5 below.)
4. Philanthropy Committee—name change from “Philanthropy Committee” to “Resources for Mission Committee” in section 6 of Appendix B)—approved by COGS in March 2011.
5. Resources for Mission Committee—change in the first item in the terms of reference to read: “a) Develop and continue to update a theology of stewardship for the church.” —approved by COGS in November 2012.
6. Anglican Journal—adoption of terms of reference for the new Anglican Journal Committee (to be included as part 7 in Appendix B of the Handbook) and removal of the terms of reference for the former Anglican Journal Corporation (Appendix C in the Handbook)—approved by COGS in November 2011:
7. Anglican Journal Committee
- The Committee shall:
- (i) Be the publisher of the Anglican Journal.
- (ii) Monitor, defend and safeguard the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal.
- (iii) Support the work of the Anglican Journal staff and advise staff as requested.
- (iv) Explore and work on areas of mutual interest with the Communications and Information Resources Committee.
- (v) Produce, publish and distribute a national newspaper of interest to the members of the Anglican Church of Canada, with an independent editorial policy and not being an official voice of or for the church. When expression of opinion conflicts with official church policy, as stated by decisions of the General Synod or the Council of General Synod, the newspaper will, at the same time, carry an explanation by an informed spokesperson of the official position of the church.
- (vi) Provide a means to distribute diocesan newspapers and other materials as inserts to the national newspaper.
- (vii) Maintain a data base containing pertinent circulation information that will be available to the national and diocesan offices of the Anglican Church of Canada.
- (viii) Exercise functions to all committees, namely
-- a) Develop annual budget proposals
-- b) Communicate with other committees and groups
-- c) Report regularly to the Council of General Synod
-- d) At least once a triennium review its own mandate and review policies governing the various areas of work of the Anglican Journal.
2. Consequential Amendments to References in the Constitution
Resolved that General Synod amend the Constitution as follows:
- 1. in section 33 e) iii), change “In” to “in”; [typographical error]
- 2. in section 33 f) iii), change the reference to “subsection 33 a) viii)” to “subsection 33 a) vii)”; [typographical error]
- 3. in section 39 a) vi), change the name of the “Philanthropy Committee” to “Resources for Mission Committee”; [COGS March 2011]
- 4. in section 39 a), after vi) add “vii) Anglican Journal Committee”; [COGS November 2011]
- 5. in section 39 g), replace paragraph iv) with the following:
-- “iv) the national communications director of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.” [COGS May 2012]
- 6. in section 39, after g) add:
-- “h) The Anglican Journal Committee shall consist of the members of the Communications and Information Committee sitting as the Anglican Journal Committee plus one additional member appointed by the Primate from the membership of the Anglican Editors’ Association (AEA).”
- and re-letter the following paragraphs accordingly. [COGS May 2012]
3. Canon XIX – Forms for Reinstatement or Restoration of the Exercise of Ministry
Resolved that General Synod amend Canon XIX to include forms for the reinstatement or restoration of the exercise of ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada.
The forms are attached as Appendix D.
Correction to Appendix J of the Handbook – Anglican Award of Merit
The references to “the Council of General Synod” in the opening words of paragraph 2 a) and in sub-paragraphs a) ii) and a) iii) will be corrected to read “the National Executive Council”. [Note: Approval to make this correction is not required, as the appendix is for information and reference purposes only.]
Committee for Next triennium
The Council of General Synod needs to appoint the members of the Handbook Concerns Committee for the next triennium.
FORMS FOR THE REINSTATEMENT OR RESTORATION OF THE EXERCISE OF MINISTRY IN THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA
NOTICE OF REINSTATEMENT TO MINISTRY
(after prior relinquishment)
[three blank lines]
To: The Primate and all diocesan bishops in The Anglican Church of Canada
[two blank lines]
This is notification that I have reinstated . . . . [name] . . . . to the exercise of ordained ministry in The Anglican Church of Canada, pursuant to General Synod Canon XIX, section 1 e).
[one blank line]
The reinstatement was effective on . . . [date].
[three blank lines]
Bishop of the Diocese of ______________________ [*]
[* Note: The Bishop making the reinstatement must be the diocesan Bishop or the successor to the diocesan Bishop who accepted the relinquishment.]
NOTICE OF RESTORATION TO MINISTRY
(after prior abandonment)
To: The Primate, Metropolitans and all diocesan bishops in The Anglican Church of Canada
This is notification that I have restored . . . . [name] . . . . to the exercise of ordained ministry in The Anglican Church of Canada, pursuant to General Synod Canon XIX, section 2 g).
The restoration was effective on . . . [date].
Bishop of the Diocese of ___________________________ [*]
[* Note: The Bishop making the restoration must be the diocesan Bishop or the successor to the diocesan Bishop who affirmed the abandonment.]
On Friday morning, August 18th, it was agreed that the document with revisions to be made in it by the Committee should be further considered by the House of Bishops during the course of the meetings of the Upper House, as guidelines on which the members of the House of Bishops may operate.
On Monday, Aurgust 28th, the Upper House of General synod resolved to meet as a House of Bishops to consider the revised form of the document. After consideration
"That we approve the document 'Guidelines on Leave of Absence for the Clergy' for a year's experimental use and that the committee submitting the document be asked to continue their study and bring in a further report on the 'Guidelines' to the House next year."
The document is printed as Appendix B to these Minutes.
GUIDELINES ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR THE CLERGY
(Accepted by the Canadian House of Bishops at Cornwall, with revisions approved at Ottawa, August 1967, and commended to the Bishops as guidelines for immediate use.)
(I) In the following guidelines, we are attempting to meet the current situation in the ministry with some flexibility, and yet, at the same time, to maintain the discipline and integrity of the priesthood. The ordinal makes it clear that the Church's definition of the priesthood is a lifetime and full-time commitment to the work of the Church. Perhaps the current situation will call for some modification in the role of the priest, but we suggest that such changes should be undertaken on a national basis after approval from the Canadian House of Bishops.
(II) Yet in the present period of ferment, unsettlement and honest doubt, we seek to give to the priest who applies for leave of absence to engage in secular work the opportunity of a period for testing and experimentation and, in some cases, for an ultimate return to the full-time ministry.
(III) During this period away from his full-time ministry, we would expect him to find a place in the local church and congregation where he resides and to report to the local Bishop. Perhaps some priestly work might be assigned to him by the local Bishop after consultation with his Diocesan. We, therefore, suggest that:
- (a) A Diocesan be enabled to grant such a priest a year's leave of absence with the possibility of the addition of a second year.
- (b) During the one or two years of absence from his regular duties, the priest will, at least yearly, report personally to his Diocesan; or, if distance precludes the possibility of such a personal report, the priest will report fully to his Bishop by letter.
- (c) Towards the close of the two-year period on leave, the priest will seek an interview with his Diocesan and discuss with him his plans for the future. The Bishop will then place before the priest three possibilities for the future, and will advise him as to which plan the priest ought to follow. The three are as follows:
-- (1) A return to the full-time exercise of his priesthood in one of the Church's regular areas of service,
-- (2) The continuation of his secular work, in which case the priest will be given by his Bishop a document (see appendix A) to the effect that he is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada without the right to exercise his ministry in a parish or Church unless he has first received permission from the local Bishop and from the local Incumbent. In the performance of secular duties, it is inappropriate for the priest to wear clerical garb or to use clerical titles. A suggested Rule of Life (se appendix B to these Guidelines) for a priest receiving the Document of Separation will be placed before the priest by the Diocesan, and it is anticipated that the priest will accept it (or a revised rule mutually agreeable to the Diocesan and the priest) so that his priesthood may be maintained even on a minimum basis during his period of separation.
-- This Document of Separation may be presented to the Bishop of the diocese in which the priest is living, and the Bishops may arrange for him and authorize certain definite priestly duties.
-- If a priest continues in secular work and receives the Document of Separation, he will then be transferred by the Letters Dimissory from the Diocesan clergy list to the special list maintained by the Secretary of the Canadian House of Bishops.
-- (3) Where a priest does not desire in any way to manifest his ministry, or where there has been a long and unreported period of separation from his Bishop (either diocesan or local) or where the priest so requests, the Bishop may arrange for the relinquishment of the exercise of his ministry through the operation of Canon XXIII of General Synod with the release of the priest from his vows for full-time service in the priesthood.
- (d) Where the Civil Law of any province requires such action, it shall be the responsibility of the Diocesan giving the Document of Separation to a priest to notify the provincial authorities that the priest now lacks the necessary canonical standing for the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony.
DEFINITION OF NOTES:
1. A Worker-Priest -- a priest sent by his Bishop on a special priestly commission which may include secular appointment and responsibilities to be carried along with his priestly duties.
2. Ministries already established as equivalent to the parish ministry for the exercise of the priesthood, and for license by the Bishop or extended leave of absence; Missionary Service; teaching in Theological colleges or in Church affiliated Arts Colleges with Chapel duties; Chaplaincies to the Forces or in Hospitals and Prisons, or in Institutions of Christian Social Service; Service for the General or Diocesan Synods or for the Bible Society.
3. Release of a priest from his Ordination Vows: Reference is made to Canon XXII (abandonment of the ministry or the Communion of the Church) page 139, General Synod Handbook (4th edition 1960) and to Canon XXIII (Relinquishment of the Exercise of the Ministry) page 140, same edition. Canon XXII applies to those who engage in secular employment "without the written consent of the Bishop and cease to exercise the functions of the Ministry". Provision is made in this Canon for the suspension and ultimately for the deposition of the priest. Canon XXIII applies to a priest who resigns his preferment "here being no charges pending against him". It frees the priest "from all ecclesiastical jurisdiction" and lifts from his shoulders his priestly vows and discipline.
- In the operation of both Canons XXII and XXIII, the Bishop or his successor may terminate such deposition or relinquishment and restore or reinstate the priest to the exercise of his ministry, giving notice of such action to the Registrar and all diocesan Bishops.
- It is understood that when a clergyman is granted leave of absence to engage in secular work, any diocesan position or dignity which he may hold is automatically relinquished. This would include such titles as Dean, Archdeacon, Canon or Rural Dean.
APPENDIX A -- A suggested form for the Document of Separation mentioned in III c (2).
- ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA
- This certifies that .... JOHN JAMES BLANK .... is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada, at present engaged in secular work, and that he has no canonical connection with any diocese.
-- Signed ....
-- Bishop of ....
- (a) This document should be presented to the Bishop of the Diocese in which the priest is residing.
- (b) This document may be cancelled by the Bishop who issues it.
APPENDIX B -- A suggested Rule of Life for a priest in secular work. Such a Rule would, if possible, include:
- (a) The exercising of a limited but regular ministry of the Word and the Sacraments.
- (b) Maintenance of his devotional life by Bible study and other spiritual exercises.
- (c) Participation of himself and his family in the life of a local parish.
- (d) Since priests in secular occupations regard this as an extension of their priesthood, they should bear witness to their faith by word and example.