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‘Protestant’ Episcopalians

11 October 2013

October 10th, 1913.

THIS week the forty-fourth General Convention of the American Church begins its sittings, which will be continued for the next three weeks. Among the matters to be discussed are a change in the existing system of representation in the House of Deputies, a scheme of clerical pensions, and a scheme for appointing a Bishop to the supervision of the Church's work in the naval and military services. At the moment of writing, we have not heard whether it has been decided to consider again the question of a change in the corporate title of the American Church. Sooner or later American Churchmen must perceive the utter absurdity of its present official designation; but meanwhile, the sense of the ridiculous remaining imperfectly developed, we should still expect that a feeling for the fitness of things might assert itself. Innumerable are the non-American Churchmen who are conscious of making a wry face when they say they are in communion with the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. We - for we share the difficulty of having to pronounce the title - should welcome the day when it would no longer be necessary to undergo this painful exercise, and we only wish that this forty-fourth General Convention would settle this long-debated question out of hand.

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