That General Synod request the National Executive Council to consider the best way of securing the membership of the Metropolitans on the National Executive Council when desired without depriving the Metropolitical dioceses of the chance for lay or clerical representation, and if necessary to prepare a change of Constitution for submission to General Synod.
That the Metropolitans be added to Section 35(2) of the Constitution (Handbook, p.30) giving them the right to attend with voice but not vote. CARRIED
It is suggested that in connection with p.3, item 4(c) of the Committee's Report, the Provincial Canons be reviewed:
4c) to clarify the inter-relatedness of Sections 6, 7 and 8 of the Declaration of Principles by producing a working paper on the authority of General Synod in relation to Provincial and Diocesan Synods and the House of Bishops.
The report of the Organization Committee was received.
Canon W. Asbil informed the National Executive Council that four draft reports have been distributed. Approximately 300 people have received these reports and many answers were returned. A final draft has been written with the assistance of these replies and will be presented to General Synod.
Canon Asbil expressed appreciation to those who took the time to reply.
The Prolocutor thanked Canon Asbil for the report.
24. REPORT OF THE JOINT TASK FORCE OF THE ORGANIZATION AND LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEES ON GENERAL SYNOD, PROVINCIAL, DIOCESAN RELATIONSHIPS
Canon Asbil, the Rev. W.E. Lowe and the General Secretary presented this report.
The General Secretary spoke to the report, after which the Council considered the report by sections.
Concern was expressed that there is no Provincial representation working with the Task Force.
That the National Executive Council recommends that a further consultation of representatives from the Provinces, Organization Committee and Long Range Planning Committee be held to consider this report before the presentation to a General Synod. CARRIED
It should be stated to General Synod that all four Provincial Synods were in common agreement that there should be a three-year Synod.
There was considerable discussion and a number of questions were asked. The Primate reported that Lambeth '78 would be considering the whole role of synodical government out of which would probably come guidelines and directions for future consideration.
This report will now be distributed to the Provinces, Diocesan Bishops and future members of the Task Force, along with the action taken by the Council.
That the report of the Joint Committee as set forth below, on Synodical Jurisdiction be adopted. CARRIED unanimously
REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE ON JURISDICTION
To repeal Sections 6 and 7 of the Declaration of Principles and substitute the following:
Jurisdiction of Synod
6.(1) Subject to the provisions of Section 7 the General Synod shall have authority and jurisdiction in all matters affecting in any way the general interest and well-being of the whole Church and in particular
(a) The constitution and organization of the General Synod including the regulation of the time and place of its meetings, the order and conduct of its proceedings, and the appointment, functions and duties of its office bearers, executive boards, committees, departments and officers, for the proper conduct of its affairs.
(b) The national character, constitution, integrity and autonomy of the Church of England in Canada.
(c) The relations of the Church to other religious bodies in Canada and elsewhere.
(d) The relations of the Church to other Churches of the Anglican Communion.
(e) With the consent of the Provincial Synod or Synods concerned, the creation and constitution of new Provinces within Canada.
(f) The election, retirement and resignation of a Primate for the whole Church in Canada.
(g) The declaration of general principles governing discipline in the Church.
(h) The constitution and powers of a Supreme Court of Appeal, with original and appellate jurisdiction, including procedure therein and the enforcement of its decrees and judgements.
(i) The definition of the doctrines of the Church in harmony with the Solemn Declaration adopted by this Synod.
(j) The revision, adaption and publication of a Book of Common Prayer and a Hymnal for the Church.
(k) All agencies employed in the carrying on of the work of the Church, including:
(i) Its general missionary work.
(ii) Its general program of religious education.
(iii) Its general social service and welfare work.
(l) The educational standards and qualifications for candidates for Divinity degrees conferred under the authority of the General Synod.
(m) The place and ministry of women in the Church.
(n) The establishment, operation and maintenance of a general pension fund.
(o) The regulation of the inter-diocesan transfer of clergy.
(p) The relinquishment or abandonment of the ministry of the Church.
(q) The administration of all funds and trusts established in respect of the Church.
(2) All Canons dealing with doctrine, worship or discipline and all alterations to such Canons, shall require to be passed at two successive meetings of the Synod before coming into force.
7.(1) The organization and constitution of a General Synod for the Church does not involve any change in the existing system of Provincial Synods.
(2) Every Provincial Synod now established or which may hereafter be established, shall have jurisdiction and authority in all matters affecting the general interests and well-being of the Church within their respective jurisdiction in the following matters:
(a) Subject to the provisions of any Canon enacted by the General Synod for the erection of any Provincial Synod, the constitution and organization of the Provincial Synod, including the regulation of the time and place of its meeting, the order and conduct of its proceedings, and the appointment, functions and duties of its office bearers, executive boards, committees and officers necessary for the proper conduct of its affairs.
(b) With the consent of the General Synod, and of any Diocese affected, the adjustment of the boundaries of any Province, and the creation, division or rearrangement of Provinces.
(c) With the consent of the General Synod and the Dioceses affected, the division of the Province into Dioceses, the establishment of missionary dioceses within the Province, the division of existing dioceses and the adjustment or rearrangement of diocesan boundaries.
(d) The confirmation of the election, the consecration, and resignation of bishops within the Province.
(e) The election of Metropolitan Bishop and the definition of his duties, powers and authority.
(f) The constitution of Provincial Court of Appeal, with original and appellate jurisdiction, including procedure therein and enforcement of its decrees and judgements.
(g) Provision for the ecclesiastical discipline and trial of bishops of the Province.
(h) The regulation of the ministrations of the clergy and others within the Province, including the oaths and subscriptions of the clergy within the Province.
(i) The authorization of special forms of prayer, services, and ceremonies for use within the Province, for which no provision has been made under the authority of the General Synod or of the House of Bishops of the Church in Canada.
(j) The relations of the Church to the civil authorities and to public education within the Province.
(k) The administration of any fund or trust established in respect of the Synod.
(l) The formation and constitution of Provincial branches of organizations and societies established by the General Synod for the promotion of the work of said Synod.
(m) The consideration, promotion and advancement of any object or matter for the general advantage of the Church in Canada or in a Province, referred to the Synod of a Province by the General Synod.
7A. Nothing contained in Sections 6 or 7 shall limit or affect the powers, jurisdiction and authority inherent in the office of Bishop, or exercised collectively by the Bishops of the Church sitting as the House of Bishops of any Province, or of the Church in Canada.
7B. Except insofar as the provisions of sections 6 and 7 are the same in effect as the legislation now in force, the said sections shall not come into force in such ecclesiastical Province until approved by the Provincial Synod thereof.
7C. The words "Ecclesiastical Province" shall mean any group of dioceses under the jurisdiction of a Provincial Synod.
That this Lower House concur in Message U24 of the Upper House concerning the Joint Committee on Jurisdiction. CARRIED Message L-40.
The appendix to Section C. of the Report was then considered. Regarding subsection A. of Section C ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"], it was moved by Mr. J.W. Graham, seconded by the Very Rev. W.E. Jackson, and resolved:
That the Primate, in consultation with the Prolocutor, be requested to appoint a commission to study the matters outlines in Part A ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"] of the Report of the Organization Committee, found on p. 335 of this Journal: such commission to report its findings and recommendations to the next session of this Synod.
Message U-18 -- 'Report of Committee on Organization' -- "That the Upper House votes non--concurrence in Message L 48, Section A of Appendix to Section (C) ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"], but recommends that this be referred back to the Committee on Organization for further study as there appears to be a conflict with No. (7) 'Fundamental Principles', p. 19 Declaration of Principles.
That the Upper House concurs in Message L 49, (Section B. ["Internal Organization of General Synod"] of appendix to Section (c).
Moved by Chancellor Soward, seconded by the Deputy Prolocutor, and resolved:
That we concur in Message U 18. (See pp. 37, 68, 97.)
Message U-25 - "Concurrences"
That the Upper House concurs in Messages L-61, L-62, L-65, L-66, L-67, L-68 and L-71. L-74, L-69 were received as information. (See pp. 55, 56, 67, 68.)
Messages L-48 and L-49 -- Committee on Organization
That the Primate, in consultation with the Prolocutor, be requested to appoint a Commission to study the matters outlined in Part A ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"] of the special report of the Committee on Organization, (see p. 335 of the Journal), such Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the next session of this Synod. (See p. 37.)
The Upper House votes non-concurrence in Message L-48, Section A ["General Synod vis-a-vis the Provinces and Dioceses"] of the special report found in Appendix to Section C of the Report of the Committee on Organization, and recommends that this be referred back to the Committee on Organization for further study, as there appears to be a conflict with Number 7 ("Fundamental Principles"). (See Handbook, 1953 edition, page 19). (See p. 56.)
The Lower House concurs in Message U-18 of the Upper House. (See p. 56.)
The Upper House acknowledges Message L-62 of the Lower House. (See p. 68.)
That the Committee on Organization be authorized and instructed to continue its studies of the matters outlined in Part B ["Internal Organization of General Synod"] of the special report of the Committee (see p. 336 of the Journal), and to report thereon from time to time. (See p. 37.)
The Upper House concurs in Message L-49 of the Lower House, (See p. 56.)
That the Primate, after consultation with the House of Bishops, be requested to initiate discussion with the provinces and dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada regarding:
1) the possible reform of the provincial organization of the Anglican Church of Canada, and, in particular, whether the effectiveness and efficiency of the Anglican Church of Canada would be significantly improved by:
- a) entirely eliminating the four provinces from the organizational structure of the church and transferring the powers and authority the provinces presently hold to the General Synod, or
- b) maintaining the existing provincial structure for some part of its present purpose and transferring part of provincial power and authority, for example part or all of provincial legislative authority, to the General Synod, or
- c) reorganizing the dioceses into groupings with greater common goals, concerns, needs and interests than the collections of dioceses forming the existing provinces.
2) the possible reform of the diocesan organization of the Anglican Church of Canada, in particular by:
- a) adjusting diocesan boundaries to reflect modern transportation patterns and population shifts created by social and economic changes,
- b) reducing the number of dioceses within the Anglican Church of Canada,
- c) implementing any other change that might improve the effectiveness, efficiency, or economy of the operation of dioceses.
The mover and seconder accepted a friendly amendment from the Rev. Stephen Peake to add the words ‘enhance the mission and’ in item 2) c) after the word ‘might’. Item 2) c) now reads:
- c) implementing any other change that might enhance the mission and improve the effectiveness, efficiency or economy of the operation of dioceses.
The amended motion was then put and CARRIED AS AMENDED Act 50
That the Council of the General Synod appoint a task force to work, in consultation with dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces, to consider and propose a definition of the jurisdiction of dioceses and diocesan bishops and ecclesiastical provinces with respect to discipline and doctrine. The task force membership is to include representation from the House of Bishops, and those with appropriate legal and canonical expertise; the report to be submitted to the House of Bishops and the Council of General Synod respectively. CARRIED #26-99-11
That the Council of the General Synod authorize the Implementation Team to pursue the general direction of its workplan regarding Provincial Structures/Diocesan Boundaries and Viability, and report to the Council periodically on its progress. CARRIED #40-11-96