That the Report on Overseas Bishops serving outside the Jurisdiction of the Canadian Church be adopted unanimously as follows.
CONCERNING STATUS OF MISSIONARY BISHOPS SERVING OVERSEAS
That this General Synod of the Church of England in Canada, duly assembled in the City of London, Ontario, on September 11th, 1952, hereby recommends the following seven clauses as regulations for procedure in the matters of Bishops serving overseas in areas not under the jurisdiction of the Church of England in Canada, until such time as a Canon shall come into force to take the place of Canon XIII to be abrogated.
Concerning the status of Missionary Bishops serving overseas:
1. Any Canadian missionary who may be elected Bishop or Assistant Bishop of a Diocese or District not under the jurisdiction of the Church of England in Canada, will be required to have obtained the approval of the M.S.C.C. and the House of Bishops of this Church, if such action should entail financial aid from the M.S.C.C.
2. No Canadian missionary Bishop, owing allegiance to the Metropolitan of another national jurisdiction of the Anglican Communion, has the right to a seat in the House of Bishops of this Church, but may be invited by the Primate to attend meetings of the House as an honoured guest.
3. Relationships of a metropolitical nature between the Canadian Church and the national Churches where Canadian Bishops serve shall be dealt with by the Primate of this Church and the Metropolitan of the national Church concerned. All other routine missionary matters may be conducted in the usual way between the M.S.C.C. and the Canadian Bishop, the latter acting as liaison representative, between the national Church and the Church in Canada.
4. Should a Canadian missionary Bishop require to resign his office in the national Church for the purpose of returning to Canada, he would be expected to inform the M.S.C.C. of his intention, and to render his resignation to his national Metropolitan, who, if the resignation was accepted, would grant him a bene decessit and commmend him to the Primate of the Church of Canada.
5. The Primate upon receipt of the Metropolitan's commendation may request the opinion of the members of the House of Bishops, and if a majority of the members approve, the missionary Bishop will be allowed full status as a retired missionary Bishop in the Church of England in Canada, after subscribing to the Declaration of Assent to the Constitution and Canons of this Church, and taking the Oath of Allegiance to the Primate as his Metropolitan, which this Church requires of all its Bishops.
6. The pension liabilities and benefits of such a missionary Bishop would ordinarily be decided by the Department of Pensions.
NOTE: This has been passed unanimously by the Upper House and, if concurred in by the Lower House, is to be passed over to the Committee on Constitution and Canons for the preparation of a Canon to be submitted to the next General Synod.
That the Lower House concur in Message U23 of the Upper House. CARRIED Message L-41.
That the twentieth session of the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada, meeting at Ste. Anne de Bellevue, gives thanks to Almighty God for the fruitful ministry and self-sacrificing life of the Rt. Rev. William Charles White, D.D., Bishop in the Church of God, during the whole of the last half-century. As Bishop White approaches the fiftieth anniversary of his consecration, this Synod gratefully remembers that he was not only the first Bishop of Honan, but was in a large measure responsible for laying the foundation of an indigenous Anglican Church in China. His insistence that a Chinese Church be left free to choose its own Bishop led to one of the most progressive steps in the history of our missionary strategy. His characteristic humility and generous concern for the Chinese Church was well illustrated in his handing over the chief pastorate to Dr. Philip Lindel Tsen, and in becoming for a time the latter's assistant. Since his retirement, Bishop White has made a significant contribution as Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Toronto and as Head of the Chinese Section of the Royal Ontario Museum. The Synod records its gratitude to God for the life and work of this great missionary statesman and prays for God's continued blessing upon him. RESOLVED.
Moved by the Bishop of Ottawa, seconded by Dr. Wodehouse, That paragraph 3, including the resolution of the Joint Committee, "that this General Synod is of the opinion that the formation of a small Primatial diocese to which the Primate on his election would be translated will provide the best means of reducing to a minimum the Primate's diocesan duties," be adopted.
In amendment, that in place of paragraph 3 the following be inserted:
"That this General Synod recognizes the importance for the future well being of the Church of giving the fullest consideration to the position of the Primacy;
It records its satisfaction that the House of Bishops has recommended that the present occupant of the office should be provided with adequate Episcopal assistance on a basis which is acceptable to him and which will sufficiently relieve him of diocesan duties to enable him to fulfill Primatial responsibilities. It authorizes the necessary action for the provision of such assistance;
The Synod expresses its profound gratitude to His Grace for his wisdom in requesting that he be allowed a period of experimentation during which the course of future action may be more clearly discovered.
Therefore be it resolved,
That this General Synod approves this report and records its opinion that the designation of a Primatial See in accordance with the present Canon, to which the Primate on his election would be translated, may ultimately serve the interests of the whole Church; further, the Synod recognizes the necessity of relating the position of the Primate to the Metropolitical system of the Church."
The amendment was put to the vote and CARRIED in both Houses.