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Bishop sups with the devil

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16 August 2013

August 8th, 1913.

[The Church Times had reported that the Bishop of St Albans (Edgar Jacob) had strongly disapproved of a service held by the Catholic League, and had banned members from ordination or licensing in his diocese. No details of the service were reported, except that it was not in the Prayer Book; but the Bishop had sent a copy of it to every English diocesan bishop "by way of warning".]

IN OUR issue of last week we forbore from commenting on the Bishop of St Albans' action in regard to the Catholic League, for we recognize that he was acting within his rights in demanding that no additional services shall be held without his approval. We very much regret that his lordship's subsequent action compels us to break our silence. According to a report in yesterday's Morning Post, the Bishop has caused to be sent to Mr J. A. Kensit a letter, in which he says that that gentleman had done a public service in calling the Bishop's attention to "the illegal service held at Corringham". It is difficult to understand how his lordship could bring himself to write such a commendation to one who devotes his energies to stirring up strife in the Church. Mr Kensit, if he could, would unhesitatingly condemn even the Bishop himself for doing or permitting things to be done which, in the view of the Wycliffe Preachers, are "illegal". The name of Kensit is associated with violent attacks on practices which the Bishop of St Albans would not venture nor, perhaps, desire to suppress, and we are quite sure that his lordship is no more a persona grata to Mr Kensit and his followers than the persons who took part in the proceedings at Corringham. . .

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