Clutha Leader, Rōrahi IX, Putanga 490, 2 Poutūterangi 1883, Page 6
, ..Monday,. February 26, 1883. The Presbyterian General Assembly now in session at Auckland, have adopted a resolution to the effect that it is not desirable to continue negotiations with the Otago Church re union. ' Tho Assembly resolved itself into committee to-day in order to consider a memorial. from the Rev. C. Fraser, of Chris tchurch, announcing his withdrawal from the Church, in consequence of the action of the Presbytery, appealing against the. same, and. praying to be readmitted to communion. After full consideration of the matter the following decisiou was come to : — " Whereas Mr C. Fraser has .been accused of sins and misdemeanors which, being proved against him, unfit him for holding the position of a minister of the Gospel in this or any other Church" ; and whereas Mr Fraser has refused to aiiswer the charges made against him in proper form by the Presbytery of Christchurch, to which he owes submission, and has stated that he has withdrawn from the jurisdiction of the said Presbytery, and from his connection with the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand ; and whereas by the system of procedure adopted in this Church, and in all Presbyterian Churches, a minister or ofiioe-beai'er of the Qhurch who refuses to defend himself from grave charges . made against, his moral character in the proper quarter, is held as confessing his guilt ; and the General Assembly having found that the proceedings of the Christchnrch Presbytery, in the case have been regular, refuse to grant the prayer of the petition, declare the deposition pronounced by the. Presbytery of Christchurch on Mr C. Fraser to be valid, and declare, further, Mr C. Fraser a fugitive from discipline, and no longer a member .of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.' With reference to the Deceased. Wife's Sister Bill, the Rev. W. Gillies moved — " That the celebration of such marriages be left to the individual conscience of ministers and members." The Rev. Mr Bruce seconded the mo^ tion. The Rev. J. Mackay moved an amendmen — ■" That it is not desirable to take any action in the matter." Dr M'Leod seconded the amendment. After a long discussion, the question was put, when there voted : For the amendment, 8 ; for the motion, 15. The Rev. M'Kenzie Fraser entered his dissent to this decision, and said after this he would consider whether it was ex- ' pedient he should retain his connection with the Church. The Rev. J. Mackay : I agree with what Mr Fraser has said. I also enter my dissent. The Rev. R. M'Kinney : And I also.