Bishop Short reported on behalf of the Task Force which recommended the following as principles for further discussion:
(1) electoral procedures should not be affected by economic considerations
(2) all dioceses should have the same right to elect their bishops
(3) the Province should have a significant role in making nominations in all episcopal elections
(4) the Province should participate in each episcopal election
(5) a Provincial Committee (?) should be in charge of all nominations, which may be submitted from the Church-at-large.
It was pointed out that one of the least defined areas in the Episcopacy is that of Suffragan, and agreed that this requires further study, along with a consideration of more extensive opportunities for the translation of Bishops.
"That this House strike a Task Force to give serious consideration to the matter of episcopal elections in the light of the recommendations presented to the House at the December, 1974, meeting, and that a report of their considerations be presented at the next meeting of the House." CARRIED
Archbishop Nutter reported that the Primate wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury, as requested at the November meeting of the House, and received a response to his letter from Canon S. Van Culin's response were distributed to the Bishops.
According to the formula outlined by Canon Van Culin, as developed at the March 1986 meeting of Primates, the Canadian Church is entitled to send three Suffragan Bishops. No provision is being made for the attendance of the wives of Suffragan Bishops at the Lambeth Conference.
The Metropolitans identified various methods of indicating the Suffragan Bishops who should be invited to attend from the Canadian Church. It was agreed that seniority should be the defining factor, but that no more than one Bishop should attend from the same Diocese. If any Suffragan is unable to go because of illness, or chooses not to go, the next senior Suffragan Bishop should take his place. The Metropolitans agreed that this proposal should be placed before the Bishops for their consideration.
That the three Suffragan Bishops senior by Consecration be those designated to attend the Lambeth Conference in 1988, and that if any of those thus indicated are unable to attend, the next senior Suffragan Bishop shall take his place, with not more than one attending from any diocese. CARRIED
Canada has ten Bishops in these categories at present, and by the time of the Lambeth Conference there will be eleven. According to the formula, Canada will be entitled to send three suffragan, area or assistant bishops to the Lambeth conference in 1988.
That the Primate be asked to write to the Rev. Canon S. Van Culin indicating that the House of Bishops of the Canadian Church feels strongly that all Suffragan, Area and Assistant Bishops should be invited to the Lambeth Conference 1988, and reiterate the decision of September, 1985. CARRIED #5-11-86
That the Metropolitans be directed by the House of Bishops to develop a process by which Suffragans could be invited to the Lambeth Conference and the process be put on the agenda of the next meeting of the House of Bishops. CARRIED #6-11-86
"Published 2001 by Church House Publishing". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Report of Review Group chaired by Professor Anthony Mellows. -- p. xiii.
"This is the first report of the Review Group appointed by the Archbishops in 1999 to consider the future needs and resourcing of bishops. It is the first time in which this important -- and sometimes controversial -- subject has been independently examined. The report considers the issues underlying the fair and effective support of the episcopate from a range of perspectives -- theological, personal, practical and financial. It advances a series of recommendations which aim to address the question of needs and the resources available to meet them within the broader pattern of the Church's overall resources and potential in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The Review Group has aimed to develop principles of appropriateness, equity, and transparency and to suggest a comprehensive but flexible system for supporting bishops in leading and serving the Church. The Group also considers the important issue of bishops' houses. This report will be a key document in the debate about these issues." -- back cover.
Contents: Forewords by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York dated June 2001 / George Cantuar [i.e. Carey] and David Ebor [i.e. Hope] -- Chairman's Preface / Anthony Mellows -- The Review Group and its terms of reference -- Expressions and abbreviations and their meanings -- Overview and summary of recommendations -- Part I -- Theological background -- Bishops and the context of their work -- The financial context -- The present resources -- Budgetary management -- Aspects of the present regime -- Part II -- Future needs -- Resources: the principles -- A new regime -- Central activities -- Allocation of central funds -- Transparency and disclosure -- Taking up office -- Local provision of resources -- Suffragans -- Bishops' wives -- Part III -- Living and working accommodation -- Review of bishops' accommodation within dioceses -- Appendix A: Methodology -- Appendix B: Visits and evidence -- Appendix C: The number and disposition of bishops -- Appendix D: A theology of episcopacy -- Appendix E: The legal role of bishops -- Appendix F: Matters commended for further study -- Notes -- Index.
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