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Conscience Clause

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Date
1982 November
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1982 November
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Rt. Rev. R. Hollis
Seconder
Mrs. J. Tickner
Prologue
Dean Fowler presented the report of the Task Force on the Conscience Clause.
After discussion the Task Force agreed that what was required at the present moment was not legislation, but a pastoral statement which would recognize that while the Church had expressed its will in 1975 with regard to the ordination of women it was nonetheless still necessary to retain the Conscience Clause with some indications of its proper use.
The Conscience Clause of 1975 reads as follows:
"Be it resolved
That no bishop, priest, deacon or lay person, including postulants for ordination of The Anglican Church of Canada should be penalized in any manner, or suffer any canonical disabilities, nor be forced into positions which violate or coerce his or her conscience as a result of General Synod's action in affirming the principle of the ordination of women to the priesthood; and request those who have authority in this matter to act upon the principle set out above."
Text
That this National Executive Council forward to the General Synod 1983 for its approval the pastoral interpretation of the continuing use of the Conscience Clause by those who remain unable to accept the ordination of women to the priesthood:
"We recognize and affirm the continuing validity of the Conscience Clause for those who belonged to The Anglican Church of Canada at the time it was passed.
While continuing to recognize the rights of individual consciences, we believe that those who now come to membership or to any office or ministry in our Church must recognize and accept that the ministry of women priests must also be protected conscientiously as the expressed will of our Church.
Christian charity cannot be legislated, but needs to be implemented more effectively in the future than in the past in order to realize the community which belongs in the Body of Christ. CARRIED
Subjects
Conscience clause (1975) - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Task Force on the Conscience Clause
Ordination of women - Anglican Church of Canada
Women clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
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Conscience Clause

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Date
1983 June
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 32
Date
1983 June
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 32
Mover
Rt. Rev. C.J. Lawrence
Seconder
Canon T. Gracie
Prologue
[Original motion on p. 33, moved by the Rt. Rev. H.V.R. Short and seconded by the Very Rev. J.R.H. Fowler, was amended so that it now reads:]
"That this General Synod concur with the following statement of the House of Bishops concerning the Conscience Clause, June 1983:
`The Archbishops and Bishops of The Anglican Church of Canada are agreed that through the General Synod of 1975 The Anglican Church of Canada has expressed its will that women may be ordained to the Priesthood.
It is also agreed that the Conscience Clause which was approved at the time of this change in policy should continue in force. The House, however, deplores the misapplication which some members of the Church have made of the Clause.
No action which questions the integrity of any priest or postulant on grounds of sex alone can be defended by an appeal to the Clause.
The House honours women priests, upholds them in its prayers, and desires only that God's will may be done in and through all priests whether female or male.
Christian love cannot be legislated, but needs to be practised and demonstrated more effectively in order to realize the community which belongs in the Body of Christ.'"
And moreover, this General Synod affirms that we believe The Anglican Church of Canada to have acted in charity and justice and according to God's Will in authorizing the ordination of women to the priesthood and we call upon our members to exercise personal charity among ourselves that we may not become divided over this question."
Text
That the motion be put. CARRIED
The motion was put and CARRIED Act 32
Subjects
Ordination of women - Anglican Church of Canada
Conscience clause (1975) - Anglican Church of Canada
Women clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
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Conscience Clause

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Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 91
Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 91
Mover
Ms. L. Starr
Seconder
Rt. Rev. E.K. Clarke
Prologue
Moved by: Rev. P. Flynn
Seconded by: Rev. M. Holmen
That this General Synod rescind the Conscience Clause provisions regarding ordination and adopt the following position statement:
1) this General synod reaffirm its acceptance of ordination of women to the priesthood;
2) although it is recognized that any member of The Anglican Church of Canada has the right to a private opinion, we believe that the public action of any member of this Church which is contrary to its official policy regarding ordination of women to the priesthood is abhorrent;
3) no action which questions the integrity of any priest or postulant on grounds of sex alone can be defended;
4) this General Synod honours all priests, upholds them in its prayers and desires that God's will may be done in and through all priests, regardless of sex;
5) while Christian love cannot be legislated, it needs to be practised and demonstrated in the Body of Christ.
Moved by: Ven. B.D. Bjerring
Seconded by: Most Rev. H.L. Nutter
That the introductory paragraph be deleted and the following inserted in its place:
That subject to the continued applicability of the 1975 Conscience Clause to those who have heretofore availed themselves of its provisions regarding ordination, this General Synod rescind the Conscience Clause and adopt the following position statement: CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS
Seconded: by: Rev. D.N. Ashdown
That section (2) be deleted and the subsequent sections be re-numbered.
Text
That the motion now be put. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS
The amendment was put and CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS
Notes
The motion as amended now reads:
That subject to the continued applicability of the 1975 Conscience Clause to those who have heretofore availed themselves of its provisions regarding ordination, this General Synod rescind the Conscience Clause and adopt the following position statement:
1) this General synod reaffirm its acceptance of ordination of women to the priesthood;
2) no action which questions the integrity of any priest or postulant on grounds of sex alone can be defended;
3) this General Synod honours all priests, upholds them in its prayers and desires that God's will may be done in and through all priests, regardless of sex;
4) while Christian love cannot be legislated, it needs to be practised and demonstrated in the Body of Christ.
The motion as amended was put and CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 91
Subjects
Conscience clause (1975) - Anglican Church of Canada
Ordination of women - Anglican Church of Canada
Women clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
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Conscience Clause - Statement re

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Date
1983 May 30-June 3
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 6-6-83
Date
1983 May 30-June 3
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 6-6-83
Mover
Bishop Bothwell
Seconder
Archbishop Garnsworthy
Prologue
Moved by Bishop Short
Seconded by Bishop Stiff
That Archbishops and Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada are agreed that through the General Synod of 1975 the Church has expressed its will that women should be ordained to the Priesthood.
It is also agreed that the Conscience Clause which was approved at the time of this change in policy should continue in force. The House, however, deplores the misapplication which some members of the clergy and laity have made of the Clause. The refusal to read a Si Quis, to receive Holy Communion from a woman priest who is not the Celebrant at the Eucharist, to object to a woman ordained or not, publicly reciting the Divine Office, leading in prayers, preaching, or reading lessons, simply on the grounds that she is a woman, are not supported by the Conscience Clause. No action which questions the integrity of any priest or postulant on sexist grounds can be defended by an appeal to the Clause.
The House honours women priests, upholds them in its prayers, and desires only that God's will may be done in and through all priests whether female or male.
Text
That the following words in paragraph two be omitted:
The refusal to read a Si Quis, to receive Holy Communion from a woman priest who is not the Celebrant at the Eucharist, to object to a woman ordained or not, publicly reciting the Divine Office, leading in prayers, preaching, or reading lessons, simply on the grounds that she is a woman, are not supported by the Conscience Clause. CARRIED #6-6-83
Notes
It was agreed that the Amendment to Motion #49 in the Convening Circular proposed by Archbishop Garnsworthy should be the concluding paragraph of the Motion.
Bishops Short and Stiff withdrew their original Motion and proposed the following:
"That the following statement of the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada concerning the Conscience Clause June 1983, be presented to the General Synod:
`The Archbishops and Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada are agreed that through the General Synod of 1975 the Anglican Church of Canada has expressed its will that women may be ordained to the Priesthood.
It is also agreed that the Conscience Clause which was approved at the time of this change in policy should continue in force. The House, however, deplores the misapplication which some members of the Church have made of the Clause.
No action which questions the integrity of any priest or postulant on grounds of sex alone can be defended by an appeal to the Clause.
The House honours women priests, upholds them in its prayers, and desires only that God's will may be done in and through all priests whether female or male.
Christian love cannot be legislated, but needs to be practised and demonstrated more effectively in order to realize the community which belongs in the Body of Christ'." CARRIED
Subjects
Conscience clause (1975) - Anglican Church of Canada
Ordination of women - Anglican Church of Canada
Women clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
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Ordination of Women [Conscience Clause]

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Date
1975 June
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 91
Date
1975 June
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 91
Mover
Rt. Rev. F.R. Gartrell
Seconder
Rt. Rev. M.L. Goodman
Prologue
Moved by: Dr. D.C. Masters
Seconded by: Very Rev. B.W. Whitlow
"Be it resolved that no bishop, priest, deacon or lay person including postulants for ordination for the Anglican Church of Canada should be penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities, nor be forced into positions which violate or coerce his or her conscience as a result of General Synod's action in affirming the principle of ordination of women to the priesthood and requests those who have authority in this matter to act upon the principle set out above."
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. T.D. Somerville
Seconded by: The Rt. Rev. H.V.R. Short
That this motion be referred to the House of Bishops for action.
The motion was WITHDRAWN by the Mover and Seconder with the concurrence of Synod.
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. J.C. Bothwell
Seconded by: Dr. D. Burrill
That the original motion be tabled. DEFEATED IN THE ORDER OF BISHOPS
Text
"That the question be put." CARRIED
The motion was put and CARRIED Act 91.
Subjects
Ordination of women - Anglican Church of Canada
Conscience clause (1975) - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
Women clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
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Program Committee - Conscience Clause

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Date
1982 May 5-7
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1982 May 5-7
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Rt. Rev. R. Hollis
Seconder
Canon D.P. Crawley
Prologue
The Rev. Emery Harris introduced the Rev. Alice Medcoff, the Rev. Marya Buckingham and the Rev. Elizabeth Kilbourn. Ms. Medcoff presented a brief historical review, and Ms. Buckingham and Ms. Kilbourn added comments and observations.
The members of the National Executive Council gathered in discussion groups of four to study the question "How can we use the Conscience Clause so that it can become what it was meant to be - a pastoral document designed to prevent hurt, not cause hurt."
Moved by Rev. J.S. Barton, seconded by Ven. J.A. MacKenzie,
That this National Executive Council, in co-operation with the House of Bishops, set up a Task Force to review the "Conscience Clause" pertaining to the ordination of women to the priesthood, and report back to the National Executive Council at its November 1982 meeting.
Text
Amendment
That the words "operation of the" be inserted, causing the motion to read:
That this National Executive Council, in co-operation with the House of Bishops, set up a Task Force to review the operation of the "Conscience Clause" pertaining to the ordination of women to the priesthood, and report back to the National Executive Council at its November 1982 meeting.
The motion as amended was put and CARRIED.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Task Force on the Conscience Clause
Conscience clause (1975) - Anglican Church of Canada
Ordination of women - Anglican Church of Canada
Women clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
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Regarding Ordination of Women to the Presbyterate

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Date
1976 May 29
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1976 May 29
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Text
That the conscience clause passed by General Synod be re-affirmed with the understanding that this in effect recognizes the tolerability of living with an anomaly and removes any question of the integrity of those who, while in opposition to the Ordination of Women to the Presbyterate and unable to recognize the reality of such Ordinations, are yet able to remain within the Communion of the Anglican Church of Canada; even as it respects the integrity of Bishops who ordain women to the priesthood and the Canonical Rites and integrity of women so Ordained.
Notes
[This is later referred to as the London Statement.]
[This resolution part of Minutes from House of Bishops meeting held 29 May 1976 in London, Ontario, at the same time as the Theology '76 conference at Huron College. Hard copy of complete minutes not in Archives, only agenda and page of resolutions.]
[Text of statement also found in OFFICIAL Statements binder vide "Conscience Clause".]
Subjects
Conscience clause (1975) - Anglican Church of Canada
London Statement
Ordination of women - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
Anglican Church of Canada - Bishops
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Report of Committee on Conscience Clause

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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 Matthews
Text
"That the report be adopted." CARRIED
Notes
Appendix B
To: The Primate
From: The Task Force on the Conscience Clause of the General Synod of 1975 respecting the ordination of women to the priesthood, and the Statement of the House of Bishops made at London, May 1976.
On Thursday, 10th March, the Archbishop of Qu'Appelle, the Bishop of Saskatchewan, the Bishop of Saskatoon, met in Saskatoon to consider the Conscience Clause which was passed at General Synod in 1975 following the approval of the motion to admit women to the priesthood. This Task Force was named by the Primate who asked Bishop Short to convene the meeting. The Task Force gave careful attention both to the Conscience Clause and to the interpretation of this Clause contained in the House of Bishops meeting in London, Ontario May 1976.
After some discussion it was the consensus of the Task Force that for the moment the Statement of the House should stand as its collegial understanding of the Clause. To tamper in any way with the Clause at this juncture would provoke further protest from those who reject the possibility of the ordination of women to the priesthood, and who see in the Clause the provision of safeguards which enable them to remain within the communion of the Anglican Church of Canada.
This House has no authority to abolish or change the Conscience Clause, although it can provide guidelines as to how it may be applied. This Task Force is of the opinion that this is not the time to be any more specific in the interpretation of the Clause than it has already been in London Statement of 1976. It recommends that no further action be taken at the present time, and that any attempt to abolish or change the Clause at the forthcoming General Synod in Calgary be opposed by this House.
The time will come when the appropriateness of this Clause will have to be reviewed. No-one imagines surely that it will stand for ever. It is our opinion, however, that it is too soon to begin limiting the categories of persons to which it applies. It could justly be claimed that the Clause applies to all who are ordained or were Postulants for Holy Orders, before the General Synod by resolution approved the ordination of women to the priesthood. What members of the laity can appeal to it, and for how long, is a question we are unable to answer. We are agreed that it is too soon to take any action to change the wording or question the limits of the Clause.
Respectfully submitted,
The Most Reverend G.F.C. Jackson
The Right Reverend D.A. Ford
The Right Reverend H.V.R. Short.
Subjects
Conscience clause (1975) - Anglican Church of Canada
Ordination of women - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Parties and movements
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
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Date
1981 November 2-6
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 21-11-81
Date
1981 November 2-6
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 21-11-81
Mover
Bishop Lawrence
Seconder
Bishop Hatfield
Prologue
Bishop Lawrence expressed concern that women be afforded placement opportunity beyond their initial appointment. He reported that, according to information supplied by the Personnel Office of the Anglican Church of Canada, as of May, 1981, there were sixty-three women priests.
Of this number: 16 are rectors, priests-in-charge; 24 are assistants in parishes; 7 are in non-parochial ministry; 4 are retired; 1 has relinquished Orders; 1 is deceased; 10 are not clarified in the information supplied.
Re Clergy Couples - 10 couples, both of whom are ordained
(of this number) 5 are husband and wife, both of whom are Anglican priests, ministering in parish situations; 3 have one spouse an Anglican priest and the other a United Church minister; 2 have one spouse a priest in parish ministry, the other in priest's Orders, but currently in secular work.
Re Postulants Presently Studying for Holy Orders - male and female, over a three-year period (1981, 1982, 1983).
Male Female
Prospective graduates/ordinands 1981 35 14
Prospective graduates/ordinands 1982 27 13
Prospective graduates/ordinands 1983 35 7
Total 97 34
It was noted that, according to this information, approximately one out of four ordinands for that three-year period will be female.
It was reported that some Bishops have expressed concern regarding the physical problems of placement of women in certain ministries, eg. older, single women in scattered, rural parishes with adverse winter driving conditions; a single, young female priest in a difficult parish situation.
The Conscience Clause
Bishop Lawrence said that there are problems inherent in ministering in isolated parishes to those who cannot, out of conscience, accept the ministry of women priests. He noted that problems may arise if a new Bishop in a Diocese will not ordain or appoint women priests when his predecessor did, and expressed concern regarding the placement of women priests in other dioceses in such cases.
Bishop Lawrence said that this report had gone to the Committee on Ministry, and asked the House to reflect on its understanding of the Conscience Clause.
Text
That this Report be received. CARRIED 21-11-81
Notes
It was agreed that this matter be on the agenda of a future meeting of the House.
Maternity Leave for Women Priests
It was agreed that the Primate be asked to appoint a Task Force, with representatives of the House of Bishops, the Committee on Ministry and women priests, to study this matter, and that the Task Force report at the next meeting of the House.
Archdeacon Hilchey reviewed the policy which has been established for national staff at Church House.
The need was expressed for guidelines for dealing with women priests, and it was agreed that this matter should be referred to the Conference of Women Priests which is to be held in Winnipeg in November. It was noted that there may be financial implications involved.
Subjects
Women clergy - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Clergy - Appointment, call and election
Women clergy - Anglican Church of Canada - Statistics
Clergy couples - Anglican Church of Canada
Conscience clause (1975) - Anglican Church of Canada
Seminarians - Canada
Women seminarians - Canada
Maternity leave
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