The Lower House received and considered Message U-5 as presented earlier in the session and reading as follows:
"That the Upper House concurs in the report of the Committee on Constitution and Canons in respect of Canon XXII 'Abandonment of Ministry,' reading as follows:
Abandonment of the Ministry
To repeal the present Canon and in its stead to enact the following:
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1. Abandonment of Ministry
If any person admitted before or after the enactment of this Canon to the Ministry of the as a Priest or Deacon shall without availing himself of the provisions of Canon XXIII:
(a) Engage in secular employment in any Diocese under the jurisdiction of the General Synod without the written consent of the Bishop thereof, and cease to exercise the functions of the Ministry under the license of the Bishop of such Dioceses; or,
(b) Abandon the Communion of the Church by an open renunciation of the doctrine, discipline or worship of this Church or by a formal admission into any religious body not in communion with the same, or in any other way;
It shall be the duty of the Executive or Standing Committee of the Diocese in which the Priest or Deacon resides after enquiry to certify the fact to the Bishop of the Diocese and with such certificate to send a statement of the facts, acts or declarations which show such engagement or abandonment; which certificate and statement shall be recorded with the Registrar of the Diocese, and the said Bishop may then suspend the said Priest or Deacon for six months.
2. Notice of Suspension
Notice of such suspension shall be given by the said Bishop to the Priest or Deacon so suspended that unless he shall, within six months, transmit to the Bishop:
- (a) A Statutory Declaration that the facts alleged in such certificate and statement are false; or,
- (b) An undertaking to cease from secular employment; or,
- (c) A retraction of the acts and declarations constituting a renunciation of the doctrine, discipline or worship of this Church or leading to his formal admission into any religious body not in communion with the same, as the case may be;
He will be deposed from of his ministry.
If such Declaration, undertaking or retraction be not made or given within six months as aforesaid it shall be the duty of the Bishop to depose the said Priest or Deacon from the Ministry and to send a written record of such deposition to the Registrar of the Diocese thereof and notice thereof to all the Diocesan Bishops of Canada.
If the Priest or Deacon shall deny, undertake or retract as aforesaid the Bishop may nevertheless, if he deems proper, make enquiry into the matter upon notice to the Priest or Deacon and if he should be of opinion that the complaint was true and that the circumstances are such that the Priest or Deacon should be deposed it shall be the duty of the Bishop to depose such Priest or Deacon from the and to send a written record of such deposition to the Registrar of the Diocese and notice thereof to all the Diocesan Bishops of Canada.
That the Lower House concurs in Message U-5 in respect of Canon XXII "Abandonment of the Ministry." (See p. 89.)
Message U-5 - Canons XXII and XXIII, "Abandonment of the Ministry", "Relinquishment of the Ministry"
The Upper House concurs in the report of the Committee on Constitution and Canons in respect of Canon XXII, "Abandonment of the Ministry". (For text of Canon XXII, see. p. 52.)
The Upper House concurs in the following sections of Canon XXIII, as presented by the Committee of Constitution and Canons: 1. Deed of Relinquishment; 2. Deed of Effect, (a), (b), (c), 3., 4., 5.
The Upper House suggests to the Committee on Constitution and Canons the following amendments to Canon XXIII:
- (1) Add the words "if the Bishop concurs in such relinquishment" he shall forthwith, etc.
- (2) Full stop in same paragraph after the word "Canada". New sentence begins with word "On".
- (3) Schedule: Instead of the words "of said office", change to read: "of my office". Change: "and of my ministry in said Church" to read: "and the exercise of my ministry", etc.
The Upper House further suggests to the Committee on Constitution and Canons the addition of the words "Exercise of the" in the title, "Relinquishment of the Ministry".
(a) The Lower House concurs in Message U-5 in respect of Canon XXII. "Abandonment of the Ministry".
(b) The Lower House concurs in Message U-5 in respect of the amendments proposed by the Upper House within Canon XXIII, "Relinquishment of the Ministry", and these are incorporated in the Canon, as revised.
(c) The Lower House concurs in Message U-5 of the Upper House respecting the title of Canon XXIII. (For text of Canon XXIII, in amended form, see p. 54.)