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Resolution 50 - The Anglican Communion - The Consultative Body

Resolution 50

The Anglican Communion - The Consultative Body

  1. The Conference reaffirms the opinion expressed in Resolution 44 of the Lambeth Conference of 1920, "that the Consultative Body is of the nature of a continuation committee of the Lambeth Conference, and neither possesses nor claims any executive or administrative power." The Conference recommends that:
  2. The Consultative Body should be prepared to advise on questions of faith, order, policy or administration, referred to it by any bishop or group of bishops, calling in expert advisers at its discretion, and reserving the right to decline to entertain any particular question. Consequently, the Committee of Students of Liturgical Questions appointed in accordance with Resolution 38 of the Lambeth Conference of 1920 need not be reappointed.
  3. The usual duties of the Consultative Body of the Lambeth Conference should be:
    1. To carry on the work left to it by the preceding Conference.
    2. To assist the Archbishop of Canterbury in the preparation of the business of the ensuing Conference.
    3. To deal with matters referred to the Archbishop of Canterbury on which he requests its aid.
    4. To deal with matters referred to it by any bishop or group of bishops, subject to any limitations upon such references which may be imposed by the regulations of local and regional Churches.
  4. Hereafter the members of the Consultative Body should consist of not less than 18 members, appointed to represent the Lambeth Conference by the Archbishop of Canterbury, with due regard to regional requirements, after consultation with the metropolitans and presiding bishops: vacancies being filled in the same way. Further, the first appointment should be made within 18 months of this meeting of the Conference, the present Consultative Body continuing to function in the meantime, and those then appointed should hold office until the next meeting of the Conference.

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