Diaconal or Lay Celebration of the Holy Communion
Movers Haywood, L.
That General Synod:
Recalls the opinion of the Appellate Tribunal of 24 December 1997 that it is consistent with the Constitution of The Anglican Church of Australia to permit or authorise diaconal or lay celebration of the Holy Communion, but only under and in accordance with a Canon of General Synod.
Notes the opinion of the Appellate Tribunal of 12 August 2010 concerning diaconal or lay celebration of the Holy Communion and the Tribunal’s opinion that no existing Canon of General Synod authorising diaconal or lay celebration at the Holy Communion has been identified; and
Noting the Tribunal’s majority advice that “it is up to the Bishops and this Tribunal to see that the rules of the Church are upheld”, encourages all diocesan Bishops in their task of upholding the rules of the Church.
Ms Leigh Haywood moved, Dr Ian Gibson seconding, 23 Sept 10
Resolution year: 2010
Resolution number: 132/10