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Appeal for Welsh Church

June 12th, 1914.

IN THE appeal they have made on behalf of the Welsh Church, their Graces, the two Primates, express their conviction that the principles for which Churchmen have been contending are bound up with the religious life and welfare of the land, and say that they appeal to something lying outside political and Parliamentary controversy, namely, the religious citizenship of the country. They note with appreciation the fact that Dissenters, in increasing numbers, manifest their dislike of the alienation to secular uses of funds long devoted to religious worship and service. They believe that to attempt to alter the constitution and framework of any religious community against the wishes of its members is repugnant to religious men generally. Common objections to the position of the Established Church they consider to be largely based on misunderstandings, "which can be, and ought to be, removed". The presence of the Bishops in the House of Lords is a case in point. Their Graces would welcome in a reconstructed Second Chamber the presence of "other representatives of the religious life of the nation". The privilege they most deeply value is that of "giving witness to the Christian character of the State and of offering the ministrations of religion in the Church and in the home to all the people". This is the aim and function of a National Church. . . Though the eleventh hour has struck, they trust it is not even yet too late to make one final appeal to "that respect and care for religion which we believe to lie deep in the citizenship of England and Wales".

 

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