That this Council of General Synod congratulates National Church staff members Dr. Eleanor Johnson, Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan and Mrs. Esther Wesley, and Archbishop David Crawley in being honoured as recipients of honourary Doctor of Divinity degrees at the respective Spring 2006 convocations of Montreal Diocesan College; Trinity College, Toronto; Huron College, London, and the Vancouver School of Theology. CARRIED #07-05-06
Resolved, That the Upper House concurring, the Report be adopted and printed.
Report of the Board of Examiners for Divinity Degrees
Since the last Session of the Synod, the Board has met once and its Executive has held six meetings, copies of the Minutes of which have been supplied to each of the associated Universities and Colleges. Twenty-one candidates have passed for the degree of B.D. and nine for the V.P., as compared with twenty-four and six respectively during the preceding triennium. Two candidates have passed for the degree of D.D. The syllabus of studies has been revised and re-issued for the years 1924-29.
After long and careful consideration the Board has agreed that it is expedient that elementary Hebrew be no longer exacted as a pre-requisite for the degree of B.D., provided that candidates who desire to present themselves without Hebrew be required to take an adequate amount of Septuagint Greek as an alternative in the first examination for the degree of B.D.
With reference to the power to be vested in the Primate for the conferring of Divinity Degrees as provided for in the Canon, the Board would draw attention to the fact that since the Canon was drawn up in 1915 the situation has materially changed in respect to the necessity for obtaining such power for the Primate. Of the ten associated colleges only one (the Montreal Diocesan College) is now without power under its charter to grant Divinity Degrees, and the Board of Governors of the Montreal Diocesan College, in view of the fact that this College now stands alone in this regard, will approach the Quebec Legislature at its coming Session with a request for degree-conferring power.
In view of this, and considering the serious difficulties which have thus far made all efforts to secure the proposed power for the Primate inoperative, the Board is of the opinion that there is no longer any necessity to seek for this legislation.
The whole is respectfully submitted for the information of the Synod.