Resolved that the Synod of Nova Scotia views with concern an apparent tendency in the Armed Forces to emphasize the function of the chaplains as members of the military structure at the expense of their primary position as clergymen and representatives of the Christian Church. It is sincerely believed that the Mission of the Chaplain should be clearly recognized as one of spiritual and social concern towards those to whom he is called to minister, that in as far as it is possible, his dignity and authority should be kept free of all suggestions of military rank and status.
This Synod, therefore, respectfully requests the House of Bishops and General Synod to give serious consideration to the present situation in regard to their Chaplains and to make such representation as may be appropriate to the Department of National Defence to the end that the Mission and witness of the church may be safe guarded and enhanced.
Text of motion
That the Memorial of the Diocese of Nova Scotia re Chaplaincy Service be referred to the Chaplaincy Committee of the Canadian Council of Churches. CARRIED in both Houses.