The Rev. Canon A.H. Davis reported that the MSCC Executive Committee had approved a grant of $805 in 1966 and $1,500 in 1967 for the operating expenses of the Anglican Centre in Rome, as requested by the National Executive Council.
That this report be received. CARRIED
The Primate informed the Council that he or his representative had been appointed to the Governing Body of the Anglican Centre in Rome, and that he had asked the General Secretary of General Synod to represent him at the first meeting of this Body in Rome in October 1966. The General Secretary is then to report back to the Primate, the National Executive Council, and the General Synod Committees concerned.
Regarding the expenses of the Anglican Centre in Rome, a special committee, convened by the Primate consisting of the Chairmen of the Committees on Ecumenical Affairs, Christian Unity and the Church Universal, Church Relations and Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations, presented the following resolutions for approval:
That this National Executive Council requests the Committee on Ecumenical Affairs to place in its annual budget, beginning in 1968, the sum of $3,000 to cover our share of the operating expenses of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the travelling expenses of the Primate's representative,
AND that the Budget Committee be also asked to make provision for this increase,
AND, if the necessity for a meeting of the Council of the Anglican Centre in Rome arises in 1967 or early in 1968, the Board of Finance be asked to provide for the travelling expenses of the Primate or his representative from the Primacy Expense Fund.
That these resolutions be approved.
After some discussion, it was moved by Mr. T. Wilding, seconded by Lt. Col. D.S. Mitchell,
The following resolution was presented: "That the Committee on Ecumenical Affairs, having given on the advice of the Primate $3,000 towards the establishment of the Anglican Centre in Rome, recommends to the National Executive Council that the Anglican Church of Canada provide an annual grant towards the maintenance of the Centre and suggests that the matter of securing these funds for the maintenance of the Centre in 1966 and succeeding years be referred to the Board of Finance."
The Primate felt that this Centre is tied in closely with the Executive Officer of the Anglican Communion and he hoped that the Canadian Church will be able to give this project continuing annual support. By maintaining the Centre, it will make possible continuing dialogue on theological matters and will enable Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians to meet on a brotherly level at all levels of church life.
The Bishop of Huron spoke in favour of a library in Rome as there are a great number of Roman Catholic theological students there who are extremely interested in learning something of Anglicanism. He, therefore, feels this project might be considered a "missionary" endeavour.
It was noted that the Canadian Church's share of the cost of the Centre 265 [pounds sterling] (about $805) for 1966, and 480 [pounds sterling] (about $1500) for 1967.
The suggestion was also made that Bishop Dean be asked to consider this as a project to be included in AWM.
That this resolution be approved but referred to the MSCC Finance Committee rather than to the Board of Finance. CARRIED