The Primate, in his closing remarks, noted that retirement dates for Archbishop Wright and Bishop Pierce will beome effective prior to the next meeting of the House, and expressed the hope that it will be possible for these faithful members of the House to return from time to time to join in the deliberations and fellowship.
"That the meeting be adjourned." CARRIED
The Meeting concluded with prayer by the Primate and with the Grace said in unison.
That we express to the Acting Primate our appreciation of his general and efficient chairmanship; to the Bishop of Niagara, our thanks for his careful concern in making arrangements for our meetings in Niagara Falls; to the General Secretary, our thanks for his services; to the Rev. Canon J.T. Hesketh, of Christ Church, Niagara Falls, our appreciation for his help, and also to the Secretaries of the House of Bishops, our thanks. CARRIED
A motion to adjourn was accepted and the Chairman closed with the blessing.
"That, in view of the action of the House of Bishops in its 1965 session, authorizing the attendance of the Archbishop of Algoma at the Lambeth Consultative Body meeting in Jerusalem in April, 1966 (see 1965 Minutes, p. 16) the expense incurred by Archbishop Wright in this connection be a charge on the Appleford Bequest."
Canada's four Anglican archbishops say they will not support any segment of their church which organizes to oppose union with the United Church of Canada, the Canadian Churchman states in an article this month.
The Anglican Church's national newspaper says the four metropolitans have bluntly rejected any move to create what one called a "schismatic program" within the church.
The article says a loosely-formed group known as "Canadian Confirmed Anglicans" will seek support from Anglicans to oppose implementation of the Principles of Union drafted by the two churches.
It had been reported in a Winnipeg-based independent church paper that Anglicans will soon be asked to "sign a declaration of loyalty to the vows we have made in the faith." The church paper, The Communicator, edited by Rev. Maurice Hardman, states Canadian Confirmed Anglicans are persons "persuaded in the Catholic and Apostolic faith" who are determined to stand fast in loyalty to their ordination and confirmation vows in spite of any bureau-cratic, economic...or private pressures designed to coerce compromise."
The Communicator had suggested that some bishops, including one archbishop, were having "second thoughts" about the direction union has been taking.
Most Rev. H.H. Clark of Winnipeg, primate of the Anglican Church, said that since there were only four archbishops, there was a 25% chance he was the one to which reference was made. Archbishop Clark described an organization to oppose union, if it is formed, as "schismatic in spirit and schismatic in program."
"I still believe that our church is right to seek union with the United Church and that the Principles of Union are a right basis for working out definite plans for this union."
"If I have any second thoughts, they are about the difficulties we shall encounter in this adventure."
Most Rev. A.H. O'Neil of Fredericton, said he supported the Principles of Union when they were passed by the Anglican Church in Vancouver in 1965.
Most Rev. W.L. Wright of Sault Ste. Marie, said he is a strong advocate of Christian unity movement which, he said, will eventually triumph.
Most Rev. H.E. Sexton of Victoria, B.C., said Anglicans know there are problems to be faced in union but that an effort must be made to work them out.
"We are not in favour here (of the views) of The Communicator because we feel it is not in accord with the spirit of the day."
That this House, through the office of the Primate, convey its sincere condolences to the families of the late Archbishop Garnsworthy and Archbishop Wright, and express our gratitude for their episcopal ministries especially in and through this House. CARRIED
[Text of presidential address NOT included in electronic database.]
That this Twenty-fifth Session of General Synod now in session expresses to His Grace the Acting Primate [William Lockridge Wright] its deep appreciation for his Opening Address.
The Synod is grateful for his clear and forthright words concerning the future of the church and of the task before us. It desires also to express its gratitude for his devoted care of the church in his capacity as Acting Primate and prays that God's blessing will continue to uphold and strengthen him in the days to come. CARRIED IN BOTH HOUSES
[Recorded as No. 7 in Acts of Synod, p. 66. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
That the House of Bishops express its appreciation to the Primate and the Archbishop of Algoma for the leadership and wisdom which they contributed to the very fine meeting which we had with the Heads of Colleges. CARRIED.