That Canon XXVII, as replaced by Canon XXVIIB, be amended by adding at the end of Section 5 of Part III the following paragraph:
"Where there has been a failure to obtain any consent of a parent, guardian or other person, other than a party to the marriage, whose consent is required by the applicable civil law and where the marriage has been annulled on this ground by a competent court, the Commission shall likewise make a declaration that the ceremony in question did not result in a marriage." CARRIED in both Houses.
That Part VI of Canon XXVII be amended by adding the following to become a new Section Numbered 7:
"Persons Serving in or Attached to the Canadian Armed Forces
(A) This section applies to a person enrolled in the Canadian forces who is serving in the regular forces or who is a member of the reserve force on continuous duty with the regular forces, or a person who, in accordance with the National Defence Act, accompanies the Canadian Forces, and the dependents of all such persons.
(B) A person described in (A) of this section may make an application under Part III or Part IV of this Canon by forwarding his application to the Anglican Chaplain responsible for his pastoral care.
(C) On receipt of an application mentioned in (B) from a person who is residing in Canada, the Chaplain shall forward the application to the Bishop of the Diocese in which the applicant is resident.
(D) If the applicant is a person serving or residing outside Canada, the Chaplain shall forward the application to the Bishop Ordinary or the Canadian Forces for action.
(E) Nothing herein contained shall prevent the making of an application by such a person in the manner prescribed by Part III or Part IV." CARRIED in both Houses nem con.
That the words contained in the proposed amendment to Part IV, Section 4 of Canon XXVII following the words "this part" in line 3 hereof be deleted and the following words substituted therefor: "the Bishop shall permit the marriage to be solemnized in a church to be designated by him after consultation with the incumbent in charge."
The amendment thus reads:
"(D) If the incumbent of a parish declines for reasons of conscience to solemnize the marriage of a parishioner in his parish pursuant to permission given under this Part, the Bishop shall permit the marriage to be solemnized in a church to be designated by him after consultation with the incumbent in charge."
The amendment to the amendment was CARRIED in both Houses. Notice of Motion 23(a) as amended was CARRIED in both Houses.
The Bishop of Saskatoon presented the following statement on behalf of the Commission:
"Since the last meeting of this Council, the Commission on Marriage and Related Matters has been chiefly concerned with preparation of the Forms required for use under Canon XXVII. As far as possible, these have been composed so as to match the procedures envisaged in the Canon, and to provide guidance for incumbents and applicants in completing the Forms. Four Forms are now available; the remaining one required, concerning with presumption of death, has still to be prepared. The Commission desires to record its gratitude and the indebtedness of the Church to those of its Members including the Hon. Mr. Justice J.C. Cartwright, Professor C.R. Feilding and Professor H.R.S. Ryan, who have done the greater part of the detailed work necessary.
The Commission reports that the suggestion, made at the last Meeting of the Council, that reproduction of the Forms should be undertaken independently by each diocese, has not proved practicable. There was pressure from some dioceses for immediate availability of a supply of Forms. Not every diocese has facilities for adequate reproduction. As preparation proceeded it was evident that there was considerable risk of errors in transcription and resulting confusion if the Forms were reproduced in varying styles and by different methods across the country. The Commission has therefore arranged with the Anglican Book Centre to produce and sell the Forms at ten cents a copy, under a plan which is not expected to involve the Centre in any deficit.
The Education Committee of the Commission has considered the manner in which expenses of local ecclesiastical matrimonial commissions may be met, and is reporting its findings to all diocesan bishops.
From the General Secretary the Commission has heard with gratification of the receipt of a large volume of letters from many parts of the Anglican Communion expressing gratitude to the Anglican Church of Canada for its work, evident in the new Canon XXVII, concerning Christian understanding of and discipline governing Holy Matrimony."
"That subsection (e) of Section 7 of Canon XXVIII (Discipline) be amended by adding at the end thereof the following:
`other than the solemnization of a marriage authorized by the bishop pursuant to Part IV of Canon XXVIIB (On Marriage in the Church).'"
be referred back to the Committee on Constitution and Canons for further study in the light of the action taken on Notice of Motion 23 re Part IV, Section 4, of Canon XXVII, as amended. CARRIED in both Houses.
That clause (3) of Section 4 of Part 2 of Canon XXVII, "Marriage and Divorce," be amended by adding the following words: "or to have obtained the consent of any person whose consent was legally required." (See pp. 67, 99.)
Whereas further detailed consideration of Canon XXVIIA, as passed by the General Synod of 1965, has revealed the desirability of effecting certain changes in the language and form thereof, none of which changes involve doctrine, worship or discipline;
And Whereas such changes have been made by the Commission on Marriage and Related Matters and have been examined by the Committee on Constitution and Canons;
And Whereas draft Canon XXVIIB incorporates all such changes;
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by this General Synod that, in lieu of discussing the original draft of the proposed Canon on Marriage in the Church designated as Canon XXVIIA and passed for the first time at the General Synod of 1965, this Synod shall discuss the redraft of said Canon as since reworded by the Commission on Marriage and Related Matters and now designated as draft Canon XXVIIB and such discussion shall be regarded as the second reading of the original draft Canon, required by subsection (2) of Section 6 of the Declaration of Principles, dealing with the enactment of Canons concerning doctrine, worship or discipline and amendments thereto. CARRIED in both Houses, nem con.
That the present Canon XXVII be repealed and the Canon XXVIIB as printed in the Convening Circular on Pages 257-284, be enacted in substitution therefor, was put by the Primate and CARRIED in both Houses nem con.
That the General Synod expresses its thanks to the members of the Commission on Marriage and Related Matters for their diligent and excellent services in preparing and presenting Canon XXVIIB. CARRIED in both Houses nem con.