That this National Executive Council commends the two statements (Eucharist, Ministry) of the Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission to the diocesan synods for study and discussion before General Synod '75. CARRIED
The Anglican diocese of Calgary, the Roman Catholic diocese of Calgary, and the Alberta Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, have formed a task force to develop a covenant between the three churches.
The executives of the Anglican and United churches in Canada have recommended simultaneous meetings of their respective legislative bodies in the same city in late 1970 or early 1971.
Biennial sessions of the general synod of the Anglican Church of Canada and general council of the United Church of Canada have always met in alternate years. The new plan will synchronize the meetings of the two churches so that they may consider, within the same year, concerns that are common to both.
It is expected that a plan of union of the two churches will be prepared by 1972, after which it will come before the churches for consideration.
Proposals for uniting some divisions in the churches' national offices, as well as the national newspapers of both churches were set aside by the churches' executive bodies.
Most Rev. H.H. Clark, primate of the Anglican church, said both churches recognize that step-by-step merging is neither as easy or desirable as was first thought.
"There is frank recognition of the fact that we have reached a stage in our negotiations where certain difficulties, both theological and organizational, loom larger than they did a year ago or five years ago," he said. He said representatives of both churches recognize this and that it is not surprising.
"What is more important is a working together in ever closer involvement without organizational mergers," Archbishop Clark said.
Archbishop Clark also announced the appointment of Rt. Rev. John O. Anderson, co-adjutor bishop of Rupert's Land, as bishop ordinary to the Canadian armed forces. Bishop Anderson, who succeeds Rt. Rev. Ivor A. Norris, bishop of Brandon, who died January 28, will be responsible for all work of the Anglican Church with members of the Canadian armed forces and their families.
The primate, after consultation with the church's National Executive Council, sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau in which he said he sees no serious objection to the appointment of a Canadian envoy to the Vatican, if such an appointment would "advance the cause of Canada."
However, he said, there is some fear that the proposed appointment might impede the growing spirit of ecumenism in Canada.
"Despite this, Anglicans are open to hear the reasons why this proposal is being considered at this time," Archbishop Clark said. He said he hopes the proposal does not involve any changes in the status of the present representative of the Vatican in Ottawa.
Deviations from church discipline and practice arising out of ecumenical enthusiasm are a matter of concern to the Anglican Church of Canada.
The church has played an important role in bringing about a relaxation of tensions that for centuries have been divisive religious factors. But its bishops stress that negotiations with other churches have union and full communion as their objective and until this is attained Anglican clergy and laity should observe canonical laws and regulations.
In connection with marriages of Anglicans and non-Anglicans the House of Bishops has reaffirmed that Anglican clergy may accept invitations to participate in services in other communions provided that no breach of the matrimonial discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada is involved.
The House of Bishops recognizes that the instruction on mixed marriages issued in Rome last March by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith represents a real effort by the Roman Catholic Church to solve some of the problems involved in this difficult question. However, the bishops feel that the instruction does not really succeed in meeting the Anglican viewpoint.
Therefore, in the case of a marriage in a Roman Catholic church involving an Anglican who has given a pre-nuptial undertaking respecting the nurture of children in the Roman Catholic faith, the participation of an Anglican priest is not permitted. Such participation, by the terms of the Rome decree, is limited to a post-service exhortation and word of goodwill. If the Anglican party to the marriage has made no pre-nuptial agreement, the regulation does not apply and each case must be dealt with individually.
At the marriage of an Anglican and a member of another communion in an Anglican church, a non-Anglican priest or minister may be invited to assist, reading from the Anglican marriage service such prayers as are generally allowed by diocesan bishops.
To meet increasing pressures for inter-communion and to regularize practices that have developed in some churches, the Anglican House of Bishops has modified regulations concerning the administration of Holy Communion to unconfirmed persons. The bishops stipulate, however, that Anglican clergy are not authorized to issue any open invitation to Holy Communion.
The new ruling, to be used by diocesan bishops at their discretion, would permit Holy Communion to be administered to the following baptized persons of other communions:
Isolated communicants who have no regular opportunity of receiving the sacrament from their own ministers; staff members and pupils in hostels, boarding schools and colleges where there is a chapel in which the eucharist is celebrated; staff and inmates or patients of institutions in which there is an Anglican chaplaincy; Christian people gathered together for dialogue and prayer for the unity of Christendom; tourists and travellers attending Anglican churches; members of families, some non-Anglican, who on special occasions wish to receive the Holy Communion together.
Generally speaking, Anglican clergy do not refuse communion to any baptized persons, but in some cases they inquire into the communicant status of individuals.
THAT this Synod receive the following Memorial from the Diocese of Rupert's Land regarding Anglican-Roman Catholic Agreement on Eucharistic Doctrine and refer it to the Doctrine and Worship Committee and the Inter-Church Relations Committee for information:
`BE IT RESOLVED THAT it is the opinion of the Synod of the Diocese of Rupert's Land that there is nothing in the document entitled "Anglican-Roman Catholic Agreement on the Eucharist 1971" contrary to the beliefs of the Anglican Church of Canada as understood and received by us. It is the hope and prayer of this Synod that our fellow Anglicans, together with the Christians of the Roman Catholic tradition, will find it similarly acceptable so that we may move further forward on the road to unity within the Body of Christ.'
That this General Synod applaud the response of the Lambeth Conference to The Final Report of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, noting that concerns expressed in the response of the Anglican Church of Canada are on the agenda of the second Anglican Church International Commission, and look forward to further official response by the Roman Catholic Church and progress toward accepting the implications of these agreed statements in the lives of both churches. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 47
1) note the importance of our ongoing dialogue with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters;
2) thank the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) for its work in the preparation of "The Gift of Authority";
3) recognize that "The Gift of Authority" has not found sufficient resonance among Canadian Anglicans for this Synod to be able to say that it has received it;
4) draw attention to the "Response to `The Gift of Authority'" (FWM Report #006, pp. 42-58 Document 8) of the Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada, in particular to its observation that more work should be done by ARCIC in exploring the practical working out of primacy and synodality as they express themselves at the local and diocesan levels; and its observations about the place of the laity in decision-making;
5) welcome the initiative of the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) to prepare a Joint Declaration summarizing the Anglican Roman Catholic agreements achieved to date. CARRIED Act 84
See HTML edition of Document 8 as mentioned above as found on the General Synod 2004 Convening Circular web site: http://gs2004.anglican.ca/atsynod/reports/006-8.htm
Complete text of Document 8 not included in electronic database.
1. Welcome The Final Report of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission as an important contribution to the reconciliation of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches.
2. Accept the agreed statements on Eucharistic Doctrine, and Ministry and Ordination, together with their Elucidations as consonant in substance with the faith of the Anglican Church of Canada.
3. Declare the agreed statements on Authority in the Church (I and II), together with the Elucidation of Authority I sufficiently agreeable with Anglican teaching to provide grounds for continued dialogue.
4. Support ARCIC II in its work and refer for its consideration the concerns raised in the "Report on Diocesan Responses to The Final Report".
5. Agree that The Final Report offers a sufficient basis for taking the next concrete step towards the reconciliation of our churches grounded in agreement in faith. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 56