THE Synod went on to revise Draft Amending Canon No. 35.
The Bishop of Sodor & Man, the Rt Revd
Robert Paterson, explained that this simple one-sentence Amending
Canon was designed to give effect to a Southwell & Nottingham
diocesan-synod motion agreed by the Synod in November 2012.
The Amending Canon would change Canon B12.3 (Of the Ministry of
the Holy Communion), which currently reads: "No person shall
distribute the holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper to the people
unless he shall have been ordained in accordance with the
provisions of Canon C1, or is otherwise authorized by Canon or
unless he has been specially authorized to do so by the bishop
acting under such regulations as the General Synod may make from
time to time."
If approved, the Canon would end: "authorized to do so in
accordance with such regulations as the General Synod may make from
time to time".
Clive Scowen (London) asked for clarification
that time for representations for the regulations had not
The Revd Hugh Lee (Oxford)
said that there should be "some way in which the norm should be
that we are given the whole package at once" to prevent the Synod
from "being in the dark about what we are voting for".
Bishop Paterson said that the House of Bishops would consider
the Regulations at its meeting in May, and he urged Synod members
to "get their suggestions in as soon as possible".
The motion that the paragraph stand part of the Measure was
clearly carried. In light of its simplicity, the steering committee
had decided that there would not be a revision stage and the Draft
Amending Canon was referred to the House of Bishops.