Message No.7 was received from the Upper House, re Admission of Diocese of Newfoundland to the General Synod
Resolved, That the Lower House concurs in Message No.7 from the Upper House and nominates as its representatives on the joint committee the following: The Prolocutor; Dr. Abbott-Smith; Canon Cody; Chancellor Harris; Chancellor Machray; Chancellor Worrell.
No. 7 Admission of Diocese of Newfoundland to the General Synod
That the Lower House concurring, the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada having provided in its Constitution for the admission of the Diocese of Newfoundland to the General Synod and having expressed itself in favour of closer relations with the Diocese, a Joint Committee of this Synod, consisting of three members of each order, be appointed to receive and consider any overtures that the Diocese of Newfoundland may at any time desire to make.
That the Lower House concurs in Message No.7 and nominates as its representatives on the joint committee: Rev. Canon Cody; Rev. Canon Abbott-Smith; The Prolocutor; Mr. Chancellor Machray; Mr. Chancellor Worrell.
That the Upper House has appointed as its representatives on the Joint Committee: Archbishop of Nova Scotia; Archbishop of Algoma; Bishop of Montreal; Bishop of New Westminster.
Whereas the Synod of the Diocese of Newfoundland has, by resolution adopted at its biennial session in June 1947, accepted the Declaration of Principles and the Constitution of this General Synod;
And whereas the Synod of the Diocese of Newfoundland has made application for admission in this Synod as a member thereof;
This General Synod of the Church of England in Canada, pursuant to the provisions of Subsection (3) of Section (4) of the said Declaration of Principles, hereby admits the said Diocese as a member of this Synod, to be represented in the Upper House by its Bishop and in the Lower House by clerical and lay members elected by the Synod of the Diocese of Newfoundland as provided by the said Declaration of Principles and Constitution, with all the rights and privileges and subject to all the obligations defined by the said Declaration and Constitution, the civil legislation affecting this Synod and all canons enacted and resolutions passed now in force pursuant to the said Declaration and Constitution.
The discussion on the position of Women in the Councils of the Church was resumed by Dean Tucker and it was decided to take it clause by clause.
Resolved, That the consideration of Section 1 of the Notice of Motion by Very Rev. Dean Tucker be postponed until such time as the House has received a ruling on the question of the present status of women in relation to membership in the House.
On the vote being taken the amendment was decided in the affirmative.
Dean Neales presented the Report of the Committee on Credentials.
To the Prolocutor and Members of the Lower House of the General Synod:
Your committee, having examined the credentials submitted to us beg to report as follows:
1. No information has been furnished us as to the number of delegates to which each Diocese is entitled and we are therefore unable to certify as to the correctness of the aggregate number entitled to sit in the Synod.
2. Assuming the correctness of the returns in this respect we find that the credentials are all in order, with the exception of the Diocese of Caledonia, a woman Miss Inez Smith, having been elected as one of their lay representatives. We would ask for a ruling of the Synod on this point.
We hereby append a statement of the number elected from each diocese, totalling 124 clerical and 123 lay delegates. This list excludes Miss Inez Smith.
In the Diocese of Rupert's Land, Major J.W. Hawker is certified by the Archbishop of Rupert's Land as a substitute for Dr. H.M. Speechley, and by the Secretary of that Diocese as a substitute for Mr. William Pearson.
We recommend that in future the return made by each Diocese should certify the number of licensed clergymen in the same.
All of which is respectfully submitted, (Signed) Scovil Neales, Convener.
Clerical Delegates to General Synod
Nova Scotia............8 Keewatin...................2
The Clerical and Lay Delegates shall be chosen by the several Diocesan Synods, according to such roles as they may adopt; or, in a Diocese which has no Synodical organization, may be appointed by the Bishop of such Diocese.
Amend the first line to read, "The Clerical and Lay Members of the Lower House shall be elected, etc." CARRIED in both Houses.