That the following draft amendments to Canon XXI be approved as the Council's response to the direction given by the General Synod in 1995, and that such amendments be presented to the General Synod in 1998.
1. Amend paragraphs (c) and (d) of section 33 of Canon XXI to read:
c) On receipt of an application mentioned in b) from a person who is residing in Canada in a diocese in which there is a Commission, the chaplain shall forward the application to the bishop of the diocese in which the applicant is resident.
d) If the applicant us serving or residing outside Canada or in a diocese in which there is no Commission, the chaplain shall forward the application to the Bishop Ordinary of the Canadian Forces for action.
2. Add to Canon XXI a new section as follows:
34. Diocesan Options
a) Notwithstanding anything in this Canon, the synod of a diocese may, with the concurrence of the diocesan bishop, adopt a canon declaring that the requirement in section 27 a) of this Canon does not apply to the diocese.
b) In a diocese whose synod has adopted such a declaration:
i) applications for declarations of marital status under Part III shall be made to and determined by the diocesan chancellor, and
ii) applications for permission to remarry under Part IV shall be made to and decided by the incumbent of the parish or mission where it is desired that the intended marriage be celebrated. CARRIED #30-05-97