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Acts of the General Synod 1989

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Date
1989 October 25-27
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 32-10-89
Date
1989 October 25-27
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 32-10-89
Mover
Ven. R.T. Pynn
Seconder
Ven. D.J. Woeller
Prologue
The Officers of the General Synod, prior to this meeting, had reviewed the Acts directed to the National Executive Council. Suggestions as to appropriate action are shown on Document #027-02-89-10.
The Acts were discussed by the National Executive Council, as follows:
Act 140 - Program Purpose and Goals for 1989-1995
No action was required.
Act 154 - Relations Between General Synod and Independent Mission Societies
Action to be taken by Partners-In-Mission and Program Committee and to be brought back to a future meeting of the National Executive Council
Act 37 - Confidentiality
Action to be taken by the House of Bishops and the Doctrine and Worship Committee. This will be discussed at the December 1989 meeting of Chancellors and Metropolitans
Act 38 - Compensation Policies and Practices
The Stipend Committee will be asked to gather responses, for placing before the National Executive Council
Act 88 - Funding Theological Education
Action to be taken by the Program, Ministry, and Stewardship and Financial Development Committees; then to be brought back to the National Executive Council
See also motion #47-10-89 (page 37).
Act 158 - Multiculturalism
See motion #46-10-89 (on page 37).
Act 97 - The Book of Alternative Services
See motion #37-10-89 (page 31).
Act 156 - Planning the Development of a New Hymn Book
The Doctrine and Worship Committee will be requested to regularly include, in its report to the National Executive Council, information on how it is dealing with this resolution
Act 112 - Surrogate Parenting
It was agreed that this resolution should be conveyed to the federal government now; and reiterated when it becomes a public issue
Act 139 - Anglican Journal Review
See Report #030-01-89-10 to the National Executive Council.
Text
That this National Executive Council approve the referrals proposed by the Officers and the action, as discussed at this meeting, regarding the disposition of the acts of the General Synod referred to this Council. CARRIED #32-10-89
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (32nd : 1989 : St. John's, Nfld.) - Resolutions
Missions - Anglican Church of Canada
Missions - Societies, etc. - Canada
Independent mission agencies
Confidential communications - Clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession - Anglican Church of Canada
Theological colleges - Canada
Theological education - Anglican Church of Canada
Hymnbooks - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Book of Common Praise. 1998
Surrogate motherhood - Canada
Surrogate motherhood - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Reproductive technology - Canada
Reproductive technology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Journal / Journal Anglican
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Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 50
Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 50
Mover
Ven. G.R. Huggill
Seconder
Chancellor H.R.S. Ryan
Text
That Resolution #72 be referred to the Officers of the General Synod for study and report, with recommendations to the National Executive Council before its November, 1986 meeting, and direction to the National Executive Council to issue a statement on the subject as soon as possible. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 50
Notes
Resolution #72 reads:
1. That this General Synod affirms the historic obligation laid upon the member of the clergy of the Anglican Church to regard as a sacred trust all confidential information imparted to them under the seal of the confessional or in their capacity as pastoral counsellors.
2. The Synod recognizes that in certain circumstances the obligation of confidentiality is subject to the requirements of special compulsory legislation and of the general obligation to give evidence under compulsion of a Court of Law or other legally authorized body.
3. The Synod recognizes that the general rule of law is that a person testifying in a Court or other tribunal is required to answer all questions relating to confidential information unless:
a) the communication originated in a confidence that it would not be discussed;
b) the element of confidentiality was essential to the full and satisfactory maintenance of the relationship between the parties;
c) the relationship is one which in the opinion of the tribunal must be diligently fostered;
d) the injury that would ensure to the relation by disclosure of the communication would be greater than the benefit thereby gained for the correct administration of justice.
4. The Synod calls attention to the Canon of ancient origin, contained in the ecclesiastical law of the Church of England, and as part of the tradition of Anglican Churches of other countries by which a priest who has heard a penitential confession in the Rite of Penance is absolutely forbidden to disclose, in any circumstances by any means, directly or indirectly, the identity of the penitent or any information communicated in the confession, even under the order of the Court or other authority.
5. The Synod concurs in the statement on page 166 of the Book of Alternative Services, that the secrecy of a confession of sin is morally absolute for the confessor, and must under no circumstances be broken.
And the Synod instructs the Organization Committee to incorporate this statement of Confidentiality as an Appendix in the Handbook of General Synod and to ensure the widest dissemination throughout the Church.
Subjects
Confidential communications - Clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Confidential communications - Clergy - Church of England
Confession - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession - Church of England
Pastoral counseling - Anglican Church of Canada
Handbook of the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada
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Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 70
Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 70
Mover
Dr. R.J. Gardiner
Seconder
Rt. Rev. R. Hollis
Text
That resolution #114 be referred to the Officers of the General Synod for consideration of the Committee to be formed to study the question of confidentiality. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 70
Notes
The motion reads:
That this General Synod request the Organization Committee to consider the need of a Canon requiring all clergy to observe strict confidentiality in respect of information imparted to them under the seal of confessional or in their capacity as counsellors, and if it is determined that such a need exists, to prepare such a Canon for consideration by the General Synod in 1989; and
requests the House of Bishops to study questions around the need for support in the area of confidentiality in the ministry of lay pastoral counsellors.
Subjects
Confidential communications - Clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession - Anglican Church of Canada
Pastoral counseling - Anglican Church of Canada
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Confidentiality (continued)

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Date
1977 August 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1977 August 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Short
Seconder
Bishop Hambidge
Text
"That this House reaffirm the historic obligation laid upon all clergy of the Anglican Church of Canada to observe strict confidentiality in respect of information imparted to them under the seal of the confessional or in their capacity as counsellors.
And that the Law Reform Commission be informed of this action, and be respectfully asked to take cognizance of it in their deliberations and formulations in respect of confidentiality." CARRIED. Unanimously
Subjects
Confidential communications - Clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession (Law) - Canada
Pastoral counseling - Anglican Church of Canada
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Confidentiality Of Confessions

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Date
1989 June 15-23
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 37
Date
1989 June 15-23
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 37
Mover
Rev. A.M. Barnett-Cowan
Seconder
Ven. F.J. Stewart
Prologue
1. THAT the principle of absolute confidentiality of confessions be affirmed and the Church's unqualified support to clergy be given in respecting the confidentiality of all matters disclosed to them in confession;
2. THAT Resolutions #72 and #114 of the 31st General Synod (1986) be received for full debate and decision;
3. THAT the National Executive Council be directed to seek legal recognition of the absolute confidentiality of confessions in jurisdictions where this is not explicitly recognized.
Text
That the resolution on Confidentiality be referred for further work to the Doctrine and Worship Committee, in consultation with the House of Bishops and the Chancellor of the General Synod, with the request that the Committee report back to the next session of the General Synod. CARRIED Act 37
Subjects
Confidential communications - Clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession (Law) - Canada
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Lent a good time to examine confession

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Author
Beresford, Eric B. (Eric Brian), 1957-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1998 February
Author
Beresford, Eric B. (Eric Brian), 1957-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1998 February
Volume
124
Issue
2
Page
16
Notes
The theme of penitence reminds us that central to our Christian response to moral failure is the practice of confession.
Subjects
Confession - Anglican Church of Canada
Reconciliation - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Statement Re: Confidentiality

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Date
November 1986
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 19-11-86
Date
November 1986
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 19-11-86
Mover
Ven. H. St.C. Hilchey
Seconder
Chancellor D.H. Wright
Prologue
The General Secretary introduced the report of the Officers re Confidentiality. The General Synod requested the Officers to bring recommendations to the National Executive Council so that the Council might issue a Statement on Confidentiality.
Text
That this National Executive Council adopt the Statement entitled "The Issue of Confidential Information Imparted to clergy".
After considerable discussion and explanation the motion was put and CARRIED #19-11-86
Notes
The Statement reads:
STATEMENT ON THE ISSUE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION IMPARTED TO CLERGY
1. It is the historic obligation of the members of the clergy of the Anglican Church of Canada to regard as a sacred trust all confidential information imparted to them either under the seal of the confessional or revealed to them in their capacity as pastors.
2. However, in certain circumstances, this historic obligation of confidentiality is subject to specific legislation in many jurisdictions.
3. It is also subject to the obligation to give evidence under compulsion of a court of law or other legally authorized body.
4. The priest/penitent relationship enjoys no privilege under the federal and provincial Evidence Acts except for Newfoundland and Quebec. The general rule of law is that a person testifying in a court or other tribunal is required to answer all questions relating to confidential information . A person who refuses to testify is in contempt and could be penalized accordingly.
5. A priest compelled to testify must always have in mind the historic obligation of confidentiality and should declare that obligation to the tribunal. If the priest is requested to break this obligation, the judge should decide whether compelling disclosure of the communication would be a greater benefit in the administration of justice than excusing the priest from testifying.
6. If the judge requires that the priest so testify, the priest should seek permission to consult the diocesan and chancellor and to be represented by legal counsel.
7. There are a number of other circumstances where the sacred obligation of confidentiality imposes a serious moral dilemma for the priest concerned. On these occasions the priest ought to consult with his or her diocesan and chancellor.
Subjects
Confidential communications - Clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession (Law) - Canada
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Statement Re: Confidentiality

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Date
November 1986
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-11-86
Date
November 1986
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-11-86
Mover
Ven. H. St.C. Hilchey
Seconder
Chancellor D.H. Wright
Text
That the Organization Committee be instructed to incorporate this Statement on Confidentiality as an Appendix in the Handbook of General Synod. CARRIED #20-11-86
Subjects
Confidential communications - Clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession - Anglican Church of Canada
Confession (Law) - Canada
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Statement Re: Confidentiality

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Date
November 1986
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 21-11-86
Date
November 1986
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 21-11-86
Mover
Ven. H. St.C. Hilchey
Seconder
Chancellor D.H. Wright
Text
That diocesan bishops be requested, in consultation with chancellors, to review, and inform their clergy of, relevant civil legislation in their jurisdiction, particularly in the light of the specific instruction on page 166 of the Book of Alternative Services which reads:
The secrecy of a confession of sin is morally absolute for the confessor, and must under no circumstances be broken. CARRIED #21-11-86
Subjects
Confession (Law) - Canada
Confession - Anglican Church of Canada
Confidential communications - Clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
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