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Bishop Weston goes public

06 December 2013

December 5th, 1913.

["Copious extracts", as a leading article put it, were reproduced from the Bishop of Zanzibar's letter, hitherto mentioned with "strict reserve", and whose publication the Editor regretted. The extracts were introduced thus:]

THIS week is published by Longmans the "Open Letter" which the Bishop of Zanzibar [Frank Weston] has addressed to the Bishop of St Albans [Edgar Jacob]. His thesis is that at the present time, "having regard to her exceeding chaotic system of Truth," the Ecclesia Anglicana is entirely unfit to send missionaries to heathen or Mohammedan lands. She "is content to have lost her power of self-expression, so that we out here can no longer appeal to her Voice or rest upon her Witness. She has no Voice; she offers no single Witness."

Three incidents that date within the past year are given by way of illustration. First, the publication of "Foundations", the chief value of which "is not in its theology nor its philosophy; but rather in the revelation it affords of the official attitude of the Bishops implicated towards heresy and unorthodox speculation".

The second incident is the Conference of Protestant Missions with the Church Missionary Society at Kikuyu, British East Africa, in June, 1913. The third incident is a comparison of the treatment meted out by the Bishop of St Albans to his chaplain as Editor of "Foundations", and his public inhibition from ministering in his diocese "a priest who had invoked our Lady and two other Saints, in one of your churches . . .". . .


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