"That this House ratifies the appointments of Bishops Arnold, Frame, Garnsworthy and Valentine on this Joint Committee." CARRIED
It was unanimousloy agreed that, in the future, the Primate should be free to act between meetings of the House of Bishops and report to the Bishops on actions which he has taken, and that it is not necessary to seek ratification.
"That we appoint a Task Force on Christian Education to consider the needs which will develop as a result of the new pattern of Christian Initiation, and that this Task Force dialogue with appropriate members of the national staff, the Doctrine and Worship Committee, and such other groups and individuals, in this country and elsewhere, who may have special competence in this area, as well as to consider relevant materials presently available."
"That this be referred to the Joint House of Bishops and Doctrine and Worship Task Force on Christian Initiation. CARRIED
"1. That the last rubric on page 561 of the said Prayer Book, which reads, 'and there shall none be admitted to the Holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed', be deleted.
2. That the following rubric be added after the rubrics on page 66 of the said Prayer Book,
'Persons baptized with water in the name of the Holy Trinity may receive the Holy Communion.'"
Moved by: Professor D.C. Masters
Seconded by: Dr. D.H. Gould
That the Memorial be tabled. DEFEATED
Dr. Merriman then requested that a vote be taken on the two sections separately.
"That Resolution, 'Admission to Holy Communion', in its two parts, be referred to the Doctrine and Worship Committee for study, in the light of decisions made during this Synod on Christian Initiation, and a report be submitted to the next session of General Synod." CARRIED
[Recorded as No. 135 in Acts of Synod, p. 72. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
This entire issue, which is inset into vol. 9 no. 4 (Pentecost 2003) is here presented as "a theological contribution to The Baptism Project, LC's [i.e. Liturgy Canada's] attempt to foster dialogue about the process of Christian Initiation. Dr. Holeton offers an extensive and, we believe, very important historical account of Fr. Fairweather's significant contribution both the BAS and, even more importantly, to a renewed understanding of the theologically necessary link between Baptism and Eucharistic fellowship." -- From Editorial by John Hodgins to vol. 9 no. 4 (Pentecost 2003), p. 3.
"Eugene Fairweather's contributions to the work of the national Doctrine and Worship Committee (D&W) and to the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) lay primarily in two areas: unmuddling the impasse between the House of Bishops (HoB) and D&W in the work towards new rites of Christian Initiation and drafting the rites of Ordination" (p. 1).
The article is a concise and penetrating analysis of the development of the "new" theology of baptism and Christian initiation (including the issue of admission to Communion) which took place in Canada between 1969 and 1985. It focuses on the controversy and conflict between the Doctrine and Worship Committee (and its sub-committees and task forces) and the House of Bishops. Fairweather's pastoral, political and theological contributions are described, especially his crucial report delivered to the October 1981 [* See paragraph below] meeting of the Joint Task Force on Christian Initiation entitled "Christian Initiation : our Present Situation" which included "A Modest Proposal" and set out seven key principles about baptism and Christian initiation.
*N.B. A typo, two thirds of the way down the second column on page 4, says October 1982 instead of 1981. Footnotes 12-14 on page 8 confirm that the report was in fact presented in October 1981
The author comments on the renewal of interest over the last twenty years in the theology and practice of baptism and Christian initiation. "My purpose in writing is to propose a Catechumenate Network through which those people and parishes interested in the catechumenate can exchange ideas and experiences. The Catechumenate Network would be devoted to the development of an Anglican model of the catechumenate in the Anglican Church of Canada." "The address of the Catechumenate Network is: Mr. Paul Bowie, 30 Charles Street West #827, Toronto Ontario M4Y 1R5".
That mature affirmation of faith with laying-on-of-hands by the Bishop, and prayers for the Holy Spirit, be normative in the Anglican Church of Canada and that further episcopal laying-on-of-hands is appropriate at significant points in the Christian life. CARRIED 7-2-82
It was agreed that the Joint Committee on Christian Initiation be asked to give consideration to additional rubrics for clarification. Suggestions are to be sent by the members of the House forthwith to Dr. Fairweather, Trinity College, Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1H8. After consideration, these will be directed to the Committee on Doctrine and Worship.
(a) Affirms the essential unity of the act of Christian Initiation consisting of Baptism (with water in the name of the Trinity) together with the laying-on-of-Hands and first Communion, by which a person is reborn of water and the Spirit and incorporated as a full member of the Church, sharing in the Body of Christ.
(b) Directs the Doctrine and Worship Committee to continue its study of Christian Initiation and if possible to recommend to the next General Synod appropriate liturgies and pastoral procedures to implement this principle.
(c) Approves the interim use, at the discretion of Diocesan Bishops, of experimental liturgies which combine Baptism (for candidates not already Baptized), the Laying-on-of-Hands, and first Communion, as recommended by the Task Force on Christian Initiation, under these conditions:
i) The Bishop should officiate;
ii) Children should first receive Communion at an age deemed suitable by their parents in consultation with the parish priest and in the context of the life of the parish;
iii) for young children, the preparation and commitment required by the present Confirmation rite are not expected; the parents, however, should receive careful instruction, and the children will, at an appropriate age, be given the opportunity for a public affirmation of faith in and commitment to Christ.
(d) Directs that these resolutions, together with the report of the Task Force on Christian Initiation, be referred for consideration and counsel to the Anglican Consultative Council at its forthcoming meeting.
After direction on voting procedure had been sought from the Assessors, the Primate put the revised Resolutions on Christian Initiation, section by section, to the House.
Dr. J.R.H. Dempster introduced the Doctrine and Worship Committee Resolutions on Christian Initiation.
Moved by: Dr. J.R.H. Dempster
Seconded by: Bishop R.K. Maguire
THAT this General Synod,
1. having considered the proposed Order for Holy Baptism, together with its appended forms for the Re-Affirmation of Baptismal Vows and for the Reception of Persons from another Christian Denomination, requests the House of Bishops to give careful pastoral consideration until the next General Synod to the effects on the life of our Church of using this Order, this consideration to include the possibility of authorizing carefully defined trial use as an alternative to the forms of service of Holy Baptism and Confirmation contained in the Book of Common Prayer;
2. and further, that this General Synod intends, and requests the House of Bishops to declare, that where trial use is duly authorized, persons initiated by the said proposed Order of Holy Baptism shall be firmly recognized as members of the Holy Catholic Church and admitted to Holy Communion (unless ineligible for other cause), and that no supplementary act of Christian Initiation shall be deemed necessary.
It was agreed that all motions relating to Christian Initiation be placed before Synod at this time.
Moved by: Chancellor H.R.S. Ryan
Seconded by: Canon A.G. Baker
THAT sub-sections 3. and 4. be added to the motion as follows:
3. That General Synod request the House of Bishops to give, where necessary, dispensation from the last rubric at the end of the order of Service of Confirmation in the Book of Common Prayer;
4. That Christian Initiation be the subject of intensive study, both from the theological and pastoral points of view throughout the Canadian Church;
and that the responsibility for this study, including the provision of materials, and the initiation and support of specific projects for study be entrusted to the Doctrine and Worship Committee;
and that the subject be on the agenda of the next General Synod.
A long and carefully presented debate followed, with speeches from representatives of many groups in both Orders.
The debate concluded at 10:00 p.m.
THAT the motion be put. CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
The vote on the original motion, moved by Dr. J.R.H. Dempster, seconded by Bishop R.K. Maguire, including the addition proposed by Chancellor H.R.S. Ryan and Canon A.G. Baker, which had been accepted by the mover and seconder, was then put, and CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS Act 53
The session concluded with the Primate calling the members to a period of prayer, followed by the repetition of the Grace in unison.
THAT this General Synod instruct the appropriate authorities to take the necessary steps for the introduction at the next Synod of legislation repealing the last rubric at the end of the Prayer Book Service of Confirmation, and substituting a rubric stating appropriate conditions for admission to Communion and request the House of Bishops to approve and encourage the giving of dispensation by diocesan bishops from the requirements of the rubric until it is repealed.
CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS Act 56
[Text of last rubric at the end of the Confirmation Service (p. 561) in the Book of Common Prayer (1959): "And there shall none be admitted to the holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed".]