The Assistant Bishop of Niagara presented a report of work done by a small committee working in conjunction with the Bishop of Ontario on the latter part of "Guidelines", (printed in Appendix D of the 1967 Minutes) which had not, up to this point, received the consideration of the House. Once again there was insufficient time to consider them in detail. It was agreed that the proposed amendments be placed on the Agenda for the next meeting and given priority treatment.
"That the report of the committee on the proposed Canon on Bishops, be received and printed as amendments to the 'Guidelines for the Use of Bishops' as printed in Appendix D in the 1967 Minutes of the House of Bishops."
The amendments are printed in Appendix D to these Minutes.
"GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF BISHOPS"
Clauses of "Guidelines for the Use of Bishops" (See Appendix D of the Minutes of the House of Bishops, 1967, pp. 30-36) as revised by a special committee and presented to the House in October, 1968. These revisions replace what follows the conclusion of Clause VI of the "Guidelines" on page 33 of the 1967 Minutes.
VII A Bishop in Relation to his Clergy
(X 1965 much changed) [in October 1968 House of Bishops hard copy Minutes this note in parentheses is in the margin of the text of the new clause VII and refers to the 1965 edition of the Guidelines]
- (1) Among the Clergy whose names are on his Diocesan Roll, the Bishop is Chief Pastor, and Chief Liturgical Minister.
- (2) In maintaining the Discipline of Christ among the Clergy, he shall act in the spirit of a true Father in God.
-- If complaints or accusations are brought to the Bishop about one of his clergy, he must follow a course, as far as possible that will avoid all notoriety and public scandal.
-- In considering recourse to the discipline of Canon 28 of the General Synod, the Bishop shall not proceed to definitive action without consulting his Chancellor, and/or senior and prudent clergy of the Diocese.
- (3) The Bishop shall provide periodic retreats and conferences of the Clergy for their spiritual and intellectual renewal; and arrange for their post ordination study and training.
- (4) The Bishop shall exercise a fatherly concern for the families of the Clergy, and according to the means at this discretion assist them at times of their special need.
VIII The Election or Appointment of assistant Bishops, (Coadjutor, Suffragan and Assistant Bishops)
(XIII 1965) [in October 1968 House of Bishops hard copy Minutes this note in parentheses is in the margin of the text of the new clause VIII and refers to the 1965 edition of the Guidelines]
- (1) If a Diocesan Bishop desires Episcopal Assistance and his Synod consents, and make sufficient financial provision for one, the matter shall be laid before the Metropolitan who, in accordance with Provincial Canons, shall obtain and give the consent of the Provincial Authority to the holding of the election.
- (2) While the Provincial Authority may give or deny its consent to the election of an assistant Bishop, it lies with the Diocesan Authority, the Bishop and his Synod or his Executive, to determine the Title and Work of the assistant Bishop to be elected. This shall be done and recorded in the Minutes of the meeting before the Election, and announced publicly at the meeting of the Elected Body. The person elected shall be informed of the terms of his appointment. If he accepts the Election it is understood that he also accepts the terms of the appointment.
- (3) These terms may thereafter be changed only with the consent of the Diocesan with this Executive, and of the Assistant Bishop himself.
- (4) If an assistant Bishop is elected, and the Diocese has not laid down beforehand the terms of appointment, it is understood that his position in the Diocese is that of Suffragan Bishop without Title and definite jurisdiction.
- (5) The expression 'terms of appointment' is to be taken to mean:
-- (a) Status or Title of the assistant Bishop, whether Coadjutor, Suffragan, or Assistant;
-- (b) Whether responsibility for a territorial area is assigned or not, or responsibility for certain kinds or spheres of work;
-- (c) Place or residence;
-- (d) Stipend and allowances that are to be paid at the start, on the understanding that they will be reviewed periodically by the Executive of the Diocese;
-- (e) Whether the assistant Bishop is to be 'ex officio' a member of the Executive.
IX The Status and Work of assistant Bishops
(XV 1965) [in October 1968 House of Bishops hard copy Minutes this note in parentheses is in the margin of the text of the new clause IX and refers to the 1965 edition of the Guidelines]
A. The Coadjutor
- (1) The Bishop Coadjutor is an assistant Bishop who has been already designated as the successor to the Diocesan. Any person who has already passed the ago of 70 years when the Diocesan retires, is ineligible to act as Diocesan.
- (2) Since the Coadjutor is elected with right to succession, it is understood that he will be given the opportunity of coming to know the Diocese, its history and traditions, its Parishes and activities. The Coadjutor serves without restriction as to Title, or Jurisdiction in area or type of work.
- (3) His Title is. "The Coadjutor Bishop of .... (name of Diocese)".
- (4) In the exercise of the Episcopal Office, he holds Confirmations, dedications and consecrations, and makes visitations, in his own right, but in consultation with the Diocesan. He ordains, makes appointments of Clergy to parishes, receives their resignations, and convenes meetings of the clergy or of the Synod and its Executive only on the express authority of the Diocesan.
- (5) In the absence of the Bishop, unless Diocesan Canons give other directions, he shall preside at Synods and meetings of the Executive Committee.
- (6) The Coadjutor ranks next in seniority to the Diocesan Bishop. He takes precedence to the Suffragan with Title at services held within the jurisdiction of that Suffragan, only if he is present as the Deputy of the Diocesan himself.
- (7) It is permissible for the Diocesan, with the consent of his Synod or Executive to confer one other remunerative appointment on the Coadjutor, provided that the appointment shall not make it impossible for the Coadjutor to exercise his office throughout the Diocese.
- (8) No Bishop should be named Coadjutor who has the prospect of serving in that capacity for over three years.
B. The Suffragan, with or without Special Title
(XVI 1965) [in October 1968 House of Bishops hard copy Minutes this note in parentheses is in the margin of the text of the new clause IX and refers to the 1965 edition of the Guidelines]
- (1) Among Suffragan Bishops there are to be distinguished --
-- (a) those that bear a special Title, other than that of the Diocese, and
-- (b) those that bear the Title of the Diocese, and are known as the "Suffragan Bishop...........(name of the Diocese)".
- (2) The Special Title indicates a special responsibility for the Parishes and Clergy of a certain part of the Diocese. This Special responsibility does not impair the authority of the Diocesan in respect to that part of his Diocese, nor on the other hand, does it restrict the Suffragan in the exercise of his office to one part of the Diocese only. The Suffragan with a Title is available for duty throughout the Diocese at the direction of the Diocesan, but it will be expected that Confirmations, dedications, consecrations, the holding of retreats for and visitations of the Clergy within his jurisdiction will be left largely in his hands.
- (3) The absence of a Special Title indicates that the Suffragan Bishops is more directly and closely assigned to the Diocesan for duty anywhere in the Diocese.
- (4) Suffragan Bishops are not required to resign when the Diocesan retires or deceases.
- (5) Suffragan Bishops do not succeed the Diocesan by right, but they may be elected to succeed, provided that they have not already reached the age of 70 years.
- (6) It is permissible for the Diocesan, with the consent of his Synod or Executive to confer one other remunerative appointment on the Suffragan Bishop.
C. The Assistant Bishop, or the Assistant to the Bishop
(See old VIII, 6) [in October 1968 House of Bishops hard copy Minutes this note in parentheses is in the margin of the text of the new clause IX and refers to the 1965 edition of the Guidelines]
- (1) In addition to coadjutor and suffragan bishops there are also Assistant Bishops.
-- A person appointed with the Title Assistant Bishop is normally already a bishop, and the procedure in his appointment varies. When it is to be by diocesan election the regulations outlined in Clause VIII, shall apply.
-- When Assistant Bishops or Assistants to the Bishop are appointed rather than elected, their nomination lies with the Diocesan Bishop who shall act with the consent of, and on terms agreed to, by the Diocesan authorities (the Executive or the Synod) and by the Metropolitan.
- (2) Assistant Bishops may serve part time or full time, according to their agreement with the Bishop and Executive, but if they wish to hold any other appointment in addition to the Bishopric they must obtain the consent of the Diocesan.
- (3) Superannuated Bishops may be appointed Assistant Bishops on a part time basis only. (See Clause V, (4).)
- (4) The appointment of an Assistant Bishop terminates when the Diocese Bishop dies or retires.
- (5) If a Diocese requires Episcopal assistance, but is unable to obtain the necessary majorities of Clergy and Laity for election, or is unable to obtain the consent of the person who is elected, the Diocese
-- (a) may set up a special Electoral College, not otherwise provided for but not excluded by Diocesan Canons, in consultation with the Metropolitan, or
-- (b) may ask the Metropolitan to appoint a person as its assistant Bishop.
- (6) If a Diocese requires Episcopal assistance, either permanently or temporarily, the initiative in seeking assistant shall lie
-- (a) normally with the Diocesan with the consent of his Synod or Executive Committee, or
-- (b) with the Executive Committee of the Diocese in consultation with the Chancellor, or
-- (c) with the Metropolitan.
- (7) If a Bishop requires Episcopal assistance, and his Synod or Executive cannot or will not make sufficient financing provision, the Metropolitan may meet the Executive to review the matter, and if he deems it wise an appeal shall be sent forward to the Primate and General Synod for a grant for this purpose.
X Resignations on Account of Age
- (1) All Bishops shall submit their resignations to the Metropolitan when they attain the age of 70 years.
(XVII 1965) [in October 1968 House of Bishops hard copy Minutes this note in parentheses is in the margin of the text opposite paragraph (2) and refers to the 1965 edition of the Guidelines]
- (2) Resignations by Metropolitans of both their Diocesan and Provincial administration shall be submitted to the Provincial House of Bishops, and shall be governed by the same regulations.
(XX 1965) [in October 1968 House of Bishops hard copy Minutes this note in parentheses is in the margin of the text opposite paragraph (3) and refers to the 1965 edition of the Guidelines]
- (3) Any Diocesan Bishop who has reached the age of 68 years and is within two years of his retirement, may give notice of his retirement to the Metropolitan and to the Synod or Executive of his Diocese, and require that he be provided with Episcopal Assistance. The Bishop elected on the grounds of "impending retirement" shall be a Coadjutor with right to succeed, provided that there be no Coadjutor to the Diocesan already.