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the present system because they can hardly improve it. bers to prevent full discussion, intrigue working, as usual, Denominational teaching even in Sunday-schools has become in the dark. Such are the reports we receive. Let us pray very unpopular. The longer the Common Schools exist, the that the darkness may pass speedily, and God's truth bé set greater will become the unpopularity of distinctive religious forth in such a manner as to draw and not repel those who teaching. And herein lies the danger ; for experience proves now waver. that those who now believe that all religions are equally true are very like before long to think that all religions are equally
THE BISHOP OF LONDON'S LETTER. false.”
We copy the following from Tuesday's Standard :It does not often fall to the lot of a Chancellor of the Times for insertion in yesterday's issue. It does not appear, nor is any
“Sir,—The accompanying letter was sent to the Editor of the Church Exchequer to make so pleasant a representation to the
reason given for its rejection. As you copied the letter into your columns, country concerning the state of its financial affairs, as that com- though happily without the comments, my brother Clergy and myself municated by Mr. Lowe in the House of Commons on Monday. will be obliged by your inserting our remonstrances
. True, part of our immediate financial ease is the result of
“ Yours faithfully, "C. F. LOWDER.
“St. Peter's Vicarage, London Docks, E., April 9th. a bold and clever hocus pocus, and the general condition
“P.S.--I need scarcely add that the details to be discussed at the meeting of the trading community is very far from being one of pros- proposed, and published in several papers, rest on a purely mythical perity ; still it is impossible to deny that the fiscal results of foundation.” the last twelve months are, on the whole, very satisfactory. As to the disposal of the surplus, few will dispute that ""Sir,—We think it due to ourselves to express publicly the extreme the first claim for reduction was presented by the Income- astonishment and disgust with which we found in your pages of last Friday tax ; and none, probably, will doubt the wisdom of Bishop, and which we had considered to be of a private character. The getting rid of several vexatious minor imposts. Nor will special mention of our names compels us to seek the earliest opportunity many object to the virtual reduction of the game certificates of stating that the publication of the Bishop's letter was entirely withto £1. The reduction, however, of the sugar instead of the out our knowledge or concurrence, and that we consider the comments malt duty is more questionable, and we are disposed to think extremely regret that they should have been admitted into your
upon it to be uncalled for and unjustifiable. We therefore it a great injustice to the already very ill-used agricultural columns. interest. The clause which concerns ourselves, namely, that
“C. F. LOWDER. which will, six months' hence, reduce the newspaper stamp to
A. H. MACKON OCHIE, one halfpenny, we accept with much satisfaction both on our
C. J. LE GEYT. subscribers' account and our own. Practically this change will
H, D, NIHILL reduce the amount of our country subscription for a single To the Editor of the Church Times.'” copy by 25 per cent.
The attempt made in Bishop Tait's day to destroy our city The Hemera, a Greek newspaper published at Trieste, which has always Churches and relieve the worshippers of mammon from being advocated heartily and with ability the subject of Intercommunion reminded of Him who alone giveth power to get wealth, between the Anglican and Orthodox Churches, translates the Article of proved a failure. But the sight of a Church is unpleasant, and the CHURCH HERALD on the Archbishop of Syros
, in its issue of March
ser, a member so is the sound of its bells to those who have no tone for 26th. The same paper contains also a letter from Dr. holiness, so the excuse is framed that there are only a few of the Committee of Convocation on Intercommunion, containing explapoor old people now in the parishes, and it cannot be worth nations of the Anglican doctrine on the Communion of Saints and the
Anglican practice in Baptism. while to keep up Churches merely for them. Prebendary Blomfield is induced to assure Churchmen that the new spoliation scheme is framed by friends, and the usual threat that,
MEETINGS OF CHURCH SOCIETIES. if not acceded to, something very dreadful will follow, is urged MONDAY, 18th.—Church Penitentiary Association. Executive Comupon the timid; but, Churchmen of London ! show yourselves
mittee. Three p.m., 32, Sackville-street. Christian men, and stand up boldly for your Churches. If
TUESDAY, 19th.-National Society. Committee. Half-past two p.m. they fall, depend upon it, the truth will again appear,
Sanctuary. “ Them that honour Me I will honour, but they that despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” Let the Clergy reside in their
PREFERMENTS AND APPOINTMENTS. parishes, and visit their people, have daily and cheerful Services in Churches free of square pews, and a population
The Rev. H. N. Collier, to the Incumbency of Holy Trinity, Finchley. will soon be found to assemble out of lanes, courts, and alleys. The Rev. Leonard Helps, to the Rectory of Clowne, Derbyshire.
The Rev. T. Mathews, to the Vicarage of Llandingad and Llanfairarybryn, “ The poor, the blind, the halt, and the maimed,” it may be, Llandovery. but all souls needing food.
The Rev. W. Newman, to the Rectory of Barlavington, Sussex.
The Rev. W. H. Purchas, to the Vicarage of Alstonefleld.
The Rev. S. D. Stubbs, to the Vicarage of St. James's, Pentonville. to mourn in sympathy with their dear Lord suffering for their sins, the world does its best to shut out thoughts of Holy things, profanity culminates in the entertainments announced Home and Foreign Church News. for Good Friday. How can any Christian fancy that he is not committing grievous sin in going to such things? and yet The Irish Church Convention stands adjourned until October. we find the Crystal Palace provided with not only a concert
Keble College, Oxford, is to be opened on the 15th of October. of Sacred music, by way of veiling self-indulgence, but a
A Bill is about to be brought into Parliament to sanction the wholesale circus comes in the list of entertainments for that day on destruction of the City Churches. which we commemorate the death of God's own Son.
It is proposed to erect a tower to St. Mary's Church, Exeter, in From Ireland we hear of nought but disturbance, seizures memory of the late Bishop of the Diocese. of arms in different parts, all many symptoms of a prepara- The Mayor and Corporation attended in State.
On Wednesday the Dean of Rochester was installed in his Cathedral. tion having been made there, as well as by Mazzinians in Italy, for a revolutionary outbreak.
The Rev. C. Ward, of Ipswich, has been appointed local treasurer of
the Free and Open Church Association. The reports of the Vatican Council are all most sad; strife
Cardinal Cullen arrived at Dublin on Monday evening from Rome, and among those assembled, arbitrary attempts by power of num- was received at Kingstown by a large number of private friends.
In consequence of his recent indisposition the Bishop of London will and approved :-D. P. Chase, M.A., Principal of St. Mary Hall; O. L. not at present be able to receive his Clergy at his Monday levées. Wingfield, M.A., All Souls' College; G. W. Kitchin, M.A., Christ
A Diocesan Association is about to be established in the Diocese of Church, and G. S. Ward, M.A., Magdalen Hall, censors.
The Queen's letter for the appointment of the Rev. Charles Leslie to In the absence of the Bishop of London from illness, the Bishop of the united Diocese of Kilmore, &c., has been received in Ireland. Mr. Winchester will hold the annual confirmation at St. James's, Piccadilly, Leslie is the eldest son of the late Dr. Leslie, for so many years Bishop on Thursday next.
of Elphin, and subsequently of Kilmore and Ardagh. He is Rector of
Dring, in the County of Cavan, and the Dublin Mail says he is highly The Irish Bishops intend to take advantage of the approaching Easter esteemed by the Clergy and Laity of the United Diocese. vestries to issue a uniform scheme for the collection of a Sustentation Fund.
We are glad to see that another City Rector, the Rev. J. L. Fish,
Rector of St. Margaret Pattens, Rood-lane, is following the noble It is stated that the Bishop of Ripon, on a recent occasion, requested example of the Vicar of St. Lawrence, Jewry, and is using his Church the Vicar of St. Silas, Leeds, to substitute a special musical Service for for frequent and popular Services. There have been Special Services an organ performance, which was to have been given in his Church.
throughout Lent for the accommodation of City men, and on Good Mr. Grant, the Congregational Minister, who was recently received Friday there will be Services at 9, 10, 11, 12 to 3, and again at 6. into the Church, will probably be ordained by the Archbishop of York, There is now in progress a movement in the Eastern Church directed and become Curate of St. Luke's, Sheffield.
against the Greek hierarchy of the Fanar, and towards the establishment A meeting of graduates of Trinity
College, Dublin, has been held of orthodox national Churches. The most systematic agitation in this to protest against the memorial of the College authorities, proposing the respect has been that of the Bulgarians, which began very soon after the opening of Fellowships to Roman Catholics and Dissenters.
Treaty of Paris. According to the last accounts, the Imperial firman is
ready which is to establish a National Bulgarian Church, subject as to Next month the corner-stone of the new Parish Church of St. Mary dogmas to the Holy Synod, but independent as to its non-internal Abbott's, Kensington, will be placed by a member of the Royal family. administration. The date is not positively known.
An anonymous donation has been paid into Messrs. Hoare's to the At the Consecration of the Bishop of Manchester, it is said there were credit of the St. James's Diocesan Home. The Rev. S. W. Lloyd, the over 300 Clergy present, all vested, at the request of the Dean and hon. secretary, states that the committee have now within £1,000 of the Chapter, in surplices, excepting one, who appeared in deep mourning, amount required. The lease of the premises now occupied expires at vested in a black gown !
Christmas, 1870, and it is most important that the plain suitable buildDr. Parry, the new Bishop-Suffragan of Dover, visited his formering which the Council desires to erect, and for which a site has been Cure of Acton, and preached for Church purposes, on Sunday. The provided on the episcopal property at Fulham, should be commenced Sermon (says the Kensington News) might be described as a very literal forth with. On that account he appeals for further donations. acceptation of the duty of magnifying his office, or perhaps, himself.
The following petition is now being circulated and signed throughout A memorial, signed by a hundred and thirty-eight members, including the Diocese of Worcester :-" To the Very Reverend the Dean and the twenty-five ex-Fellows, of Brasenose College, Oxford, has been presented Reverend the Canons of the Cathedral Church of Worcester,-We, the to the College authorities against the proposed Bill for the abolition of undersigned, beg leave to express to you our earnest desire that the University tests.
fabric of the Cathedral Church of Worcester should be restored to a state
of grandeur and beauty befitting the Mother Church of the Diocese, and Dr. Frazer, Bishop of Manchester, officiated at the Confirmation that henceforth it should be solely used for the performance, with dignity Service in Hampstead Parish Church on Wednesday, instead of the and solemnity, of the lawful offices of the Church.” Bishop of London, who was prevented by illness from attending. Three hundred young people were confirmed.
Sir John Pakington, Dr. Williams, and the Mayor of Worcester, on
Friday afternoon, presented to Dean Peel, at the Deanery, the memorial, The Bishop of Lincoln held a Confirmation at Crowland Abbey on signed by upwards of 600 persons, requesting the Dean and Chapter of Tuesday last. Two of the female candidates being unable to attend, Worcester to reject Earl Dudley's offer in reference to the closing of from illness, the Bishop, accompanied by bis wife, the Rector, and Curate, Worcester Cathedral for festival performances. A counter requisition, proceeded to the home of one of them and there privately administered signed by Lord Lyttelton and many of the influential Clergy and Laity, the rite to the two girls.
will also be presented to the Dean and Chapter, who, on the 19th inst., From a fly-leaf, announcing constant Services during the Holy Week will come to a decision on this question, which is so greatly agitating the in the Parish Church of Great Yarmouth and its five Chapels-of-Ease, Midland Counties. we learn that "on Good Friday, in the afternoon, it is intended, God
An important conference on the Education Bill took place on Saturwilling, to hold open-air Services on a ship by the south quay, and on a
day between a number of members of Parliament, members of the wherry by the north quay near the Suspension-bridge.”
League, and representatives of various associations of schoolmasters. It St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, offers for competition, open to all was “understood” by Mr. Dixon that the Government was likely to persons whose names are not on the Board of any College five scholar- yield to the wishes of the League so far as to fix religious teaching either ships-viz., one of £60 per annum, two of £40 per annum, with rooms at the commencement or close of school hours. The general opinion of rent free, and two of £35 per annum. The examination will
the schoolmasters, however, was that the “ eligious difficulty ” was no June 8 and 9.
difficulty at all off the platform, and never appeared within the school
walls. The Russian Government has resolved to prevent the publication of all the decrees of the Roman Council that are likely to cause dissension At a meeting of the Carlisle Diocesan Education Society, on Wednesamong the different sects in the empire, or to excite discontent or ill-day, Dean Close took occasion to state his opinions on the movement for will against the Government. In this category are comprehended the secular education. He expressed his regret at the position which the dogma of Papal Infallibility and the Syllabus.
Dissenters had taken upon the question, and said that he would rather
have his children educated at any Dissenters' school than at one from J. Marshall, Esq., of Belmont, having presented a pair of handsome which the Bible was excluded. For a comprehensive system of educagates to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton, the Vicar had tion compulsory clauses were necessary ; but he thought it would be them placed in the screen dividing the chancel from the nave. This has tyrannical and oppressive if God-fearing parents were compelled to edugiven the Churchwardens grave offence, and they have written to the cate their children at schools where the Bible was prohibited. Rector for an explanation for having placed the gates there without their knowledge or sanction.
The Montreal Church Observer learns from private letters that the The Bishop of Gloucester held a Confirmation in the beautiful Church office-desiring to retain a retiring pension. The Archbishop has never
Venerable Archbishop of Upsala has tendered the resignation of his of All Saints', Cheltenham, last Friday afternoon. His Lordship confirmed cach candidate singly at the entrance to the chancel, where his hence it raised questions of form, and especially of finance, as there is no
married. This is the first instance of such a resignation in Sweden, and chair was placed. The Veni Creator was well sang to the proper melody legal provision for such an appropriation. It will go before the Diet, and by a strong choir ; the altar was vested in white, and adorned with beau- probably a year will elapse before it can be consummated. His place tiful white flowers. There was a large congregation.
will be filled by voe of the Dioceses in Diet, selecting and nominating The Church of St. James's, Marylebone, is in course of restoration, three Bishops, out of whom the King selects and appoints one. and the Rev. Sir Lionel Darell, Bart., of Freetherne-court, Gloucestershire, has commissioned Mr. George Rogers to execute six stained win the additional Services held during Lent at the Parish Church of Liver,
A contemporary rejoices to be able to announce the great success of dows, to be dedicated by Sir Lionel to the memory of his late sister, the pool. The Daily Service at half-past twelve has, each day, been attended wife of the Rev. A. B. Lechmere, of Hanley Castle, and other branches by a very considerable number of worshippers of all ranks of society, of his family.
the most remarkable point being the large preponderance of men. A In Convocation at Oxford on Saturday the names of the following Belgian Roman Catholic who, one day, heard the bell ringing for Service gentlemen, who have been nominated delegates under the statute of and came in, remarked afterwards—"I did not know that you had Special students not attached to any College or Hall, were submitted to the House | Services for men in your Churches.” It would do any one's heart good
to hear the heartiness with which the responses have been given by the Proceedings were commenced some time since against the Rev. W. H. deep male voices.
Pullen, M.A., one of the Minor Canons of Salisbury Cathedral, for Glancing over the Record one day last week we were surprised to find brawling in Church, and the case was remitted by the Bishop of Salisthe following :-“Preaching in a surplice is only objectionable if an bury to the Court of Arches. It appeared that Mr. Pullen had objected objectionable meaning is thrust upon it. The addition of the Pre-Com- to the mode in which the Cathedral Services had been performed, and munion Service to the Morning Prayers, when there is no Communion, had publicly protested against them in the Cathedral itself. He had is not, perhaps, always for edification, and it would be interesting to also written a pamphlet in which he very strongly urged his know exactly what the use was before this innovation came in. Causing At the sitting of the Court of Arches on Saturday morning, a motion organs to be set up in Churches, brought Dr. Lamb and Sir John Brent was made on behalf of the promoter of the suit that the letters of into trouble with the Long Parliament; but instrumental music finds request should be withdrawn, Mr. Pullen having apologised. Sir R. place in God's worship in heaven, and ought not therefore to be ex- | Phillimore said he was happy to find that the case had been settled so cluded from His worship on earth.”
satisfactorily, and gave permission that the articles might be withdrawn. The Church Review says:-"We understand that in the event of any Father Ignatius appeals for help towards building his Monastery : fresh ecclesiastical prosecutions being instituted against any member of “All the Monasteries of Old England are lying waste. Will not Christhe High Church party, several laymen have resolved that the flagrant tians aid the Monks to give to God one such house of prayer as they are breaches of the rubrics committed by certain of the Bishops, shall no now seeking to raise ? Reader, in the Name of God and all the Saints longer be allowed to pass unnoticed; it is felt that there is no reason of Old England, I entreat you, lay not this our prayer aside, but as you why the same measure of justice which is meeted to the poor Incumbent would rejoice in the hour of death, we implore you send us some subshould not be dealt out to the wealthy Prelate. It is stated on good stantial help to build this Monastery House, to the glory of God, the authority that the last move of the Bishop of London against the salvation of sinners, the benefit of the English Church, and the wiping Ritualits does not meet with the sympathy of his Epicopal brethren, but away of the reproach that she has not one single abode for the highest, very much the reverse.”
the contemplative life of perpetual praise, and prayer, and intercession. A correspondent writes in last Friday's Record:-" I observed in your The land is bought, the building begun, the workmen on the premises, Wednesday's issue an article on Lord Shaftesbury's measure in which the site of the choir marked out, the architect's plans preparing, but no the question of fees for ordination, &c., was raised. As one of those money for the work. Send us some for Christ's sake, according as you ordained at the Bishop of Lichfield's Lent ordination, and feeling deeply have the power." impressed with the great kindness and consideration which he shows towards his candidates for Holy Orders, I wish to record the fact that land on the subject of University Education in that country, of which a
The following is the declaration of the Roman Catholic laity of Irethe fee for a Deacon's Letters of Orders is only 3s. 63, at Lichfield, a
summary was published a few days ago :—“We, the undersigned Roman sum considerably under both the legal and even the canonical tariff: Catholic laymen, deem it our duty to express as follows our opinions on In these days of sifting, when every weak place in our beloved Church University education in Ireland. 1. That it is the constitutional right of is rudely assaulted by her various enemies, I thought that the knowledge all British subjects to adopt whatever system of Collegiate or University of the above fact might prove useful.”
education they prefer. 2. That perfect religious equality involves equality We commend the following paragraph, taken from the Record, to the in all educational advantages afforded by the State. 3. That a large attention of the Bishops of Chester, Manchester, Lincoln, London, and number of Irishmen are at present precluded from the enjoyment of Winchester :
-Wemyss Bay, Scotland.—The English Episcopal Chapel, University education, honours, and emoluments, on account of conscien. belonging to Mr. Burns, at this watering-place, will be re-opened for tious religious opinions regarding the existing systems of education. 4. public worship on Sunday, May 1, 1870, and the following Clergymen That we, therefore, demand such a change in the system of Collegiate will officiate during the ensuing season :—Rev. John W. Bardsley, and University education as will place those who entertain these conIncumbent of St. John's, Bootle, Liverpool ; Rev. James Bardsley, Rector scientious objections on a footing of equality with the rest of their fellowof St. Ann's, Manchester ; Rev. Prebendary Macdonald, Vicar of Trinity countrymen as regards Colleges, University honours and emoluments, Church, Nottingham; Rev. Thomas Pownall Boultbee, Principal of St. University examinations, government, and representation.” John's Hall, Theological College, Highbury ; Rev. Charles Bullock
On Thursday a meeting of City Incumbents was held at Sion College Rector of St. Nicholas, Worcester."
to hear from Mr. Andrew Johnson, M.P., the nominal, and Sir Charles The Rev. W. Proctor, Rector of Doddington, writes in the English Trevelyan, the actual, authors of the new Bill for the Demolition of City Churchman :-"When I was a young man in orders, fifty years ago, I had Churches and Secularisation of City parish funds. Mr. Johnston, who scruples about the use of the title, Most Religious King, then admitted that he was not a Churchman at all by education, and not a strikingly inapplicable to the personal character of the reigning sove hearty one by conviction, detailed his scheme, which has been sketched reign. I wrote to my Bishop on the subject, and he effectually removed from a favourable point by Mr. Blomfield in the Times. Mr. Milman my scruples by showing me that the title, descending as it did from objected to the provision which reduces Incumbents from the position of sovereign to sovereign, could not be meant to designate the personal freeholders to that of stipendiaries. Mr. Kirby, the Rector of St. character of the individual, but the sacred character of the office he Dunstan-in-the-East, warmly approved the measure, and his speech bore, as the supreme governor and sworn protector of the National received a practical comment from a lay supporter, who proposed, in Church. Your observations on the subject give the same view of it, effect, that Št. Dunstan's should stand for a dozen destroyed Churches. and will, I hope, satisfy the movers of the petition for the removal of Mr. Denton, of St. Bartholomew's, Moor-lane, strongly objected to take the words from the Prayer for the High Court of Parliament that their the small gifts from the poor and hand them over to persons whose objections are groundless."
income may be £700 a year. Mr. Fish, of St. Margaret Pattens, elicited The Rector of St. James's, Piccadilly, has introduced a Special Service would not be religious, and that the commission would not consist exclu
that the education contemplated by the application of the charity funds in his Church for the benefit of the “working classes,” but unfortunately, sively, even in its elected members, of Churchmen. On the whole, the they do not appear to appreciate it. But we certainly are not surprised at this want of appreciation when we find the Service last Thurs- | Clergy seemed very shy of the scheme. day evening was as follows:-"SUBJECT,-ETERNAL JUDGMENT.-1. On St. Patrick's Day the Archbishop of Dublin consecrated a Church Hymn 3. 2. (The People still standing) Psalms ix., xcvi., xcviii. (Minister which had been built near the railway station at Kilcock, at a cost of and people alternately.) 3. (The People kneeling) Prayers from the Burial about £2,200, of which £1,200 was the gift of Mr. William Coates. The Office, adapted. 4. Lessons, St. Matthew xxv. 5. Hymn 5. 6. Collects most striking feature of the exterior, says the Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette, for the Sundays First and Third in Advent, and the Sixth after is the tower, which is built beside the entrance, and is an exact miniature Epiphany. Lord's Prayer (The People joining). Sermon.-Ascription. of “ the round towers of other days," and leads back our thoughts to Hymn 2. 7. Prayer for the Church Militant. Benediction.” We hope those early days of the Irish Church, when St. Patrick proclaimed the Mr. Kempe will not be discouraged at the present failure, but that he faith once delivered to the Saints. The chancel is in the form of an apse, may be led at Easter to provide a Service of a more popular character. and is ceiled with diagonal sheeting, below which runs a carved border. An Italian journal says that Dr. Manning makes himself observed at Its arch springs from coloured marble pillars, which rest upon richly
carved stone corbels. The whole Church and chancel are floored with Rome by the excess of his zeal. He leaves far behind him the most fiery Ultramontanes and Italian Prelates who are devoted to Infalli encaustic tiling. The sittings are in the modern style. There is a very bility. He pays court daily to the Pontiff, trying to carry him along all of stained glass. Those in the chancel represent the Four Evangelists.
handsome carved stone pulpit, and an ancient font. The windows are with his ideas of absolute power and Infallibility. He tries to draw The side windows contain figures of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Bartholomew, attention to himself in the religious ceremonies by most exaggerated and St. Patrick. The very fine western window exhibits a representation demonstrations, such as crossings and elevations of the hands, and a multiplicity of genuflexions. At the Agnus Dei he strikes upon his of the Flight into Egypt, of the Baptism and Ascension of our Lord, and breast as if he would break it; and in the streets he affects most
of a Lamb bearing a cross, together with the letters A and 12. imposing attitudes, distributing his benedictions at every corner, and The Cambridge correspondent of the John Bull writes :-“ Being so offering his Archiepiscopal ring
to be kissed by women. He assures all extremely poor, and so desperately in need of a large additional income who listen to him that he alone possesses power to bring England back to meet pressing and worthy demands, we treat ourselves to luxurious into the bosom of the Church; but for this, he adds, it is necessary that improvements in the University organ. That instrument is used to the the successor of Pius IX. should be an Englishman, in short-Archbishop extent of a hymn and two short voluntaries every Sunday and Saint's Manning.
Day, excepting for a week or two in June and the month of September, when we abandon our semblance of University worship altogether: and THE IRISH CHURCH.— The following reply has been received by the on Commemoration Day wsing the Te Deum. The organ is an elderly Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the address lately presented by instrument, and musical me n say that its performances are of an excru- them to the Archbishop of Armagh:-“We, the Archbishops, Bishops, ciating character--men who have not the misfortune to be so sensitive Clergy, and Laity of the Church of Ireland, in Convocation assembled, think it good enong h for the purpose. The musical men put on a severe have received with a cordial satisfaction the address of affectionate whip, and outvoted the opposition by two to one. So we are to sell out sympathy forwarded to us by your Graces, and signed by nearly 4,000 of £620 from the Funds and expend it upon the organ. It is only fair the Clergy and Laity of the Church of England. We are deeply to say that several men who would be very glad to have the organ in sensible of the kindness of our English brethren, and we earnestly hopo perfect repair, voted against the proposal only because they objected to and pray that now, when some of the external bonds which hithert money being sold out of the Funds. Considering the state of our bound us together have been loosened, other and higher bonds which finances, there is no bursarial answer to this argument.
still remain, may knit the Churches of England and Ireland into even
closer fellowship in the spirit, and that in the maintenance and defenc On Wednesday the Dean and Chapter of Chichester elected Archdeacon of the common faith they may continue one to the end.-M. G. Armagh Durnford to the vacant Bishopric. After the First Lesson at Morning in the name of the Convention. March 17, 1870.” Prayer a procession was formed to the Chapter-house, when the Archdeacons, Chancellor, Precentor, and nineteen of the Prebendaries
RELIGIOUS STATISTICS OF SCOTLAND.—Of Scottish religious bodies it answered to their names. The Dean having declared
the See vacant, would seem that the numbers stand thus as regards the number of and monished all excommunicated persons to " depart and leave this Churches (as to the number of worshippers or communicants we have house,” pronounced the assembly present a full Chapter, and the door no data) – Establishment, 1,257 Churches ; Free Church, 873; United was then shut. The Clergy constituting the Chapter were then asked Presbyterian, 600; Episcopal 157; Roman Catholic, 132; Congregaseriatim for whom they voted, and the reply of each, without exception, tional, 96; Baptists, 83; Morrisonian, 77 ; Came os, 44 ; Wesleyans, was Richard Durnford. The Dean declared that the Rev. Richard 34; United Original Seceders, 25; True and Original Cameronians, 11 Durnford, M.A., " who had been regularly ordained a Priest
, of good (this is the Church which southward is thought to be that of Davie report, born in lawful wedlock, circumspect in spiritual and temporal Deans, the Church which is the typical Church of Scotland to the affairs, and able and skilful to defend the rights of the Church,” was ordinary Englishman); unattached Episcopalians, 8; Unitarians, 5, elected Bishop of Chichester. The Chapter then returned to the choir, That is to say, there are 3,400 noticeable Churches for a population of and the Senior Prebendary published the result of the election to the 3,300,000. Again, half-a-million in Scotland worship with Silas Marner
Such congregation, after which the Te Deum was sung, and the Service was
declining to be classified, or to be ecclesiasticised in any way. proceeded with The proceedings ended by the Dean and Chapter people, we may presume, are our old friends the Moravians, Irvingites, returning to the Chapter-house (preceded by the choir), and sealing cer
and Primitive Methodists. We are rather sorry to see that Edward tificates of the election. The bells in the old campanile rang a merry there must be a few of our good friends the Quakers: we think we could
Irving's Church is not better represented in his native land, and surely peal at the conclusion of the ceremony.
lay our hands on some. However, roughly speaking, the above stateWo quote the following from the Westminster Gazette:-"For what ment may be taken as correct about sects in the most religious country better attack upon the denominational system do they require, than to in Europe. The startling result is, that if the population fit to go to be able to say that the schools established by the Denominationalists Church all went to Church at once, there is one Church for every 524. ourselves among the rest, and more especially, indeed, than the rest—are We doubt if that result is reached in any other country in Europe except not properly supported; that buildings are allowed of such a character the Papal States and the City of London.—Daily Review. as to be condemned by Government inspectors; or that they are so small
A LONDON CONFIRMATION.—"A Dissenter," who happened to be as not to be capable of accommodating half of tho number of children who ought to be educated? What answer have we to such charges ? present at a recent Confirmation in Clerkenwell
, writes tous, commentWe have but one answer—an acknowledgment of “golden opportuni- the scanty amount of reverence exhibited by those who might have been
ing severely upon the function as respects its general arrangements and ties” neglected hitherto, but an earnest, during the short period of a year to be allotted to us for this purpose by the new Education Bill, of expected
to know better. After the recitation of the Litany, or, as our our determination to make up for lost time. Every Catholic must now
correspondent terms it, “ a prayer with interruptions,” the Bishop began
a discourse on Confirmation. take his part in the work, according to his capabilities and opportunities. which I am quite misinformed, if possible, darker than before ; and I am
* To me it seemed to make a subject on Some will have to watch the Bill and amend it; others will have to bound to say it was delivered without appearance of interest or feeling, organise meetings to influence public opinion, to direct the movement, with one exception—a little child uttered a faint cry somewhere in the and give voice to Catholic demands on this most vital question of the Church, and then the Bishop looked very stern, and ordered all children day. But one thing we can all do; and that is, according to our utmost to be turned out of the side aisles, and paused for a considerable time means, support and extend the usefulness of our existing schools, even if until this order was executed. Quiet having at length been restored, his we are unable
, in the short reprieve accorded to us, to increase their Lordship turned again to those who were about being confirmed, and said number.”
that possibly they had not yet thought of the matter, and if so, they had The Tablet is indignant with Dr. Newman for having had the courage better at once stand up and return home. None, howeyer, did so, at to speak his mind about the Infallibility question. We quote a paragraph which I thought the Bishop seemed displeased ; and then I began specufor our readers' edification :-“We cannot doubt that Dr. Newman would lating upon what would happen if he turned out all the candidates, and warmly repudiate the intention, which these melancholy words seem to wondering how, after a long preparation by the Clergy, the offer he had imply, of acting as the censor of an Ecumenical Council, or teaching made could be necessary; and so I lost the rest of his Lordship’s disthe Universal Church, or claiming to know better what is for the glory course.” The “Dissenter" winds up with some tolerably strong criticism of God and the good of souls than the 600 Bishops who wish to define upon the wholesale manner in which the Bishop laid hands upon those the doctrine of Papal Infallibility. It is his words which are arrogant, who were presented to him for the Sacrament. It may not be otherwise not his thoughts. Yet he does not hesitate to ask---"What have we than useful to put on record what is thought by outsiders of Church done to be treated as the faithful never were treated before? When has functions conducted as Confirmations too frequently are still by all but a a definition de fide been a luxury of devotion and not a stern painful few honourable exceptions.- Church Times. necessity ?" We are not aware whether the definition of the Immaculate Conception was also, in his judgment, a mere · luxury of devotion ;' has received a letter from Dean Green, dated Maritzburg, 21st December,
NATAL.—The Treasurer of the Natal Church Fund (Cambridge Branch) but it is quite certain that a vast majority of Bishops and Theologians 1869. The Dean writes :-" The prospects of the Church out here are consider that the definition of Papal prerogatives is 'a stern necessity.' certainly just now not to be described as gloomy. Of course there must They have said so plainly. Dr. Newman differs from them. Has he a clearer insight into the counsels of God than they? A better right to there is a bright and favourable side.
be disappointments and anxieties, they are incidental to growth, but
We have now an teach? A vocation to prophesy against and in spite of them? To speak acknowledged position, and seem to be increasing, whilst Colenso is quite frankly, there is nothing in the letter we are noticing to render evidently decreasing. Our greatest want is men; and in these days this supposition probable. But there is a good deal which has a contrary when
we are deprived of endowments
, and people don't pay tithes, it is effect."
difficult to know how to support the Clergy. We are still without a The following on the same subject bears out what we stated some man to carry on, or rather to found, a Grammar-school in which our boys time ago, namely, that the Roman Clergy are not over anxious to receive would receive a good Church education. As it is, the favourite school in converts :-"Dr. Newman fears that the definition of Papal Infallibility the colony is a Lutheran establishment, maintained in part by a Lutheran may be an obstacle to the conversion of persons outside the Church. He Missionary Society in Hanover; the fees are in consequence low, the has especially in view the Ritualistic school of Protestants. Our own education is fair, and there is some discipline; the result is that it is the view is that there is an urgent and a peculiar need of extreme precaution favourite school of the colony. We groan over it, but find it difficult to in admitting this very class into the Church. The time may conceivably compete with them, as they have been able to erect their buildings with come when whole congregations of Anglicans, weary of their delusions, money from Germany, and the masters also are not altogether dependent may seek reconciliation with the Holy See. Before receiving such on the income of the school.
A few years ago some halfpersons it seems to us essential not only that the entire truth should be dozen of us, Oxford and Cambridge M.A.'s out here, wrote to both the set before them, but that the most distinct recognition of the whole Universities and asked them to extend their Provincial Examinations to doctrine of authority should be exacted from them. For this reason we the colonies. There need have been no difficulty: the papers might are of opinion that the Definition will be salutary above all for Ritualists.” I have been sent out to some of us sealed, and we might have forwarded
home the replies ; but we received for answer that it could not be done. correspondence with the Pope, when, we trust, this large hall will be as The London University, however, has found a way to it, and even grants well filled as the other. The Rev. Doctor has been so roundly abused by degrees to students at the Cape, under special arrangements made with superficial critics, who know as little of theology as they do of the amenithe Government. I wish you would reconsider it, and see if Cambridge ties of literature, that we recommend all who can get free from business cannot move. I do not wish it to deal with the Government, nor even to go and hear him for themselves. They will find that the secret of his with the Church, but let it use its own instruments, M.A.'s resident in popularity among the upper classes arises solely from his superior brain the colonies. You could send us instructions, require us to swear to power, and from no fancied tricks of oratory or style. Totally free from observe them, and in a short time your influence would be felt through- rant or vulgarity, his polished periods fall upon the ear like the sound of out the colony.
If you see a possibility of bringing on the a silver bell; and the unprejudiced listener is struck with the keen, clear, discussion, you are more than welcome to say you have been applied to and incisive method of treatment he adopts. His massive forehead and by us on the subject. One hopeful sign that there is still life in the finely-Ghiselled features 'give the world assurance of a man' of thought; Church in Natal is to be found in the fact that there is a greater mis- and the reality does not belie the appearance. Indeed, in the contour of sionary spirit in it at present than I have ever known to pervade it. his countenance he remarkably resembles Mr. John Stuart Mill. From People at home are never tired of talking about the black races; but a literary point of view alone his utterances are a rare treat to an eduwhen they come abroad, from some cause or other, their feelings rapidly cated man. Few speakers think so correctly while on their feet, or are change. Missions amongst the heathen are generally carried on with able so clearly to express their thoughts in language so choice and forcible. funds from home, and by men who come out for that work. The colonist, As an instance of the polish of the Rev. Doctor's style, we may mention too, often stands aloof. But our late troubles seem to have awakened that a reporter who once dropped into a country Church where the us, and there is a general desire to do something. The Bishop last Doctor happened to be preaching extempore, and who took down the Sunday ordained a German Missionary, formerly of the Prussian discourse for his own pleasure, told us that, in writing it out from his Reformed communion, who brought with him 400 souls to the Church. notes, not a single word required to be supplied or taken away. That Wishing you and yours every blessing of the season, believe me to discourse was afterwards published from the newspapers, and excited great remain, yours very sincerely,
“JAMES GREEN." admiration. We are thus careful to allude to the great Presbyterian DR. NEWMAN ON THE POPE's INPALLIBILITY.—On this question the Divine because he has been persistently pursued by the detractions of Standard publishes the following letter from Dr. Newman to Dr. Ulla- small wits, who sneer at his studies in prophecy exactly as they thorne :-*
are not far to seek. do much to reassure the many minds which are at present distressed such persistent abuse
Henry Drummond when they look towards Rome. Rome ought to be a name to lighten used to say that the Scotch hated the Pope for three reasons : the heart at all times, and a Council's proper office is, when some great
• First, because he was Antichrist ; second, because he was a Roman heresy or other evil impends, to inspire hope and confidence to the faith Catholic; and third, and worst of all, because he was a Bishop! So we ful; but now we have the greatest meeting which ever has been, and may say of the Cockney critics, that they dislike Dr. Cumming for that at Rome, infusing into us by the accredited organs of Rome and of somewhat similar reasons: –First, because he is an abler man than most its partisans (such as the Civilta, [the Armonia], the Univers, and the of them ; second, because he is a Presbyterian ; and third, because he Tablet) little else than fear and dismay. When we are all at rest, and is a Scotchman. He is, however, doing a great and noble work in have no doubts, and—at least practically, not to say doctrinally—hold teaching men to throw off the chains of religious bondage and live the Holy Father to be infallible, suddenly there is thunder in the clear from their conscience outwards; and whether that work, or the cavilsky, and we are told to prepare for something, we know not what, to lings of those who dislike because they fear him, will best endure, the try our faith, we know not how. No impending danger is to be averted, day will declare.'” but a great difficulty is to be created. Is this the proper work of the We did not suppose that any man living held this opinion of Dr. CumEcumenical Council? As to myself personally, please God, I do not ming besides himself, and we think so still. expect any trial at all; but I cannot help suffering with the many souls who are suffering, and I look with anxiety at the prospect of having to defend decisions which may not be difficult to my own private judgment, but may be most difficult to maintain logically in the face of historical
Original Poetry. facts. What have we done to be treated as the faithful never were treated before ? When has a definition de fide been a luxury of devotion and not a stern painful necessity ? Why should an aggressive, insolent
“SEVEN TIMES HE SPAKE SEVEN WORDS OF LOVE." faction be allowed to “make the heart of the just sad, whom the Lord
1. hath not made sorrowful ?'. Why cannot we be let alone when we have
They know not what they do, Forgive pursued peace and thought no evil? I assure you, my Lord, some of
Father both theirs and Mine; the truest minds are driven one way and other, and do not know where
Thy grace bestow, and let them live to rest their feet-one day determining to give up all theology as a
To know My love and Thine. bad job,' and recklessly to believe henceforth almost that the Pope is
II. impeccable, at another tempted to believe all the worst that a book like Janus says; others doubting about the capacity possessed by Bishops
This day in Paradise with Me, drawn from all corners of the earth to judge what is fitting for European
Thou joyfully shalt sing,
For ever and for ever be society,' and then, again, angry with the Holy See for listening to the flattery of a clique of Jesuits, redemptorists, and converts.' Then, again,
With me, thy new found King. think of the store of Pontifical scandals in the history of eighteen cen
III. turies, which have partly been poured forth and partly are still to come.
Behold thy Son, O Mother dear, What Murphy inflicted upon us in one way M. Veuillot is indirectly
O Son, Thy Mother see, bringing on us in another. And then, again, the blight which is falling
Behold thy Son whose constant care upon the multitude of Anglican Ritualists, &c., who themselves, per
Thy love and thought shall be. haps—at least their leaders—may never become Catholics, but who are leavening the various English denominations and parties (far beyond
IV. their own range) with principles and sentiments tending towards their
Eloi, Eloi, My God, ah! why? ultimate absorption into the Catholic Church. With these thoughts ever
Has't Thou forsaken Me, before me, I am continually asking myself whether I ought not to make
To Thee with sigh, and constant cry my feelings public; but all I do is to pray those early doctors of the
I turn, Thy face to see. Church, whose intercession would decide the matter (Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome; Athanasius, Chrysostom, and Basil), to avert the great
V. calamity: If it is God's will that the Pope's Infallibility is defined, then
With love I cry, “I thirst, I thirst,” it is God's will to throw back the times and moments of that triumph
To save my fiercest foes, which He has destined for His kingdom, and I shall feel I have but to
For them become Myself accursed bow my head to His adorable, inscrutable Providence. You have not
And bear their saddest woes. touched upon the subject yourself, but I think you will allow me to
VI. express to you feelings which, for the most part, I keep to myself.”
Now all is o'er, the Victory won,
The sacrifice complete.
Yea all is finished and done,
Before the Mercy-seat. We clip the following from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph :“The Rev. Dr. Cumming, of world-wide reputation, is now in Shef
VII field, lecturing under the auspices of the Protestant Reformation Society,
Into Thy hands, O Father mine, and he has already received å welcome which does credit to Sheffield.
My soul I now commend, Last night the Lecture-room was crowded to suffocation, and to-day, at
My work is wrought, the Victory Thine, eleven o'clock, the Rev. Doctor is to lecture in the Cutlers' Hall on his
The Alpha and the End.
T. P. L