The referred motion (see 03-11-91) was returned. [Note: Following discussion with the Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador (Rt. Rev. Martin Mate) he felt he did not need to be a member of the Task Force; but will be available for consultation when required.]
That this NEC rescind the amendment (02-11-91) regarding an invitation to the Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador to join the Task Force. CARRIED #69-11-91
The amended motion now reads:
That this NEC appoint a task force, consisting of the Chairman of the Council of the North, the Executive Director of Program and the Treasurer of the General Synod to examine the feasibility of establishing a Diocese of Labrador, including its financial base; and
that the task force consult with the Anglican Consultative Council and provide NEC with periodic reports, including a final report if possible by May 1993. CARRIED #70-11-91
Canadian churches, including the Anglican Church of Canada, are beginning to deal with the issue of clergy involvement with child pornography. In December 2009, the Rev. Robin Barrett, an Anglican priest in the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, was charged with five counts of possession and distribution of child pornography. "Sam Mikhail, a psychologist and clinical director at the Southdown Institute in Aurora, Ont., said addicted clergy compartmentalize their dual lives to cope with serving parishioners while privately feeding a harmful compulsion. Southdown, a non-profit facility that opened in 1965, treats clergy with a spectrum of mental health problems." "Barrett's case is the first time the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador has faced child pornography. The incident has led the diocese to overhaul its sexual misconduct protocol, which dates back to 1996. 'When it was written, we were (dealing with) sexual harassment, exploitation, rape', said Archdeacon Sandra Tilley, who heads mission development in the diocese. 'The issue has broadened with the Internet, so we are revising the protocol'. Barrett's arrest was 'a shock to everybody', she added, and the diocese brought in an expert to help clergy understand the scope of the problem. The church needs to talk about the damage done by pornography, said Tilley". Includes inset column of statistics titled "By the numbers" about commercial child pornography.
The General Synod resolution on low-level flight training may be national church policy, on the basis of one-sided information presented to the members of General Synod, but it is certainly in need of an informed review by National Executive Council.
A second letter is in support of the General Synod resolution of support for the Innu.