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Is it schism?

10 April 2015

April 9th, 1915

IT IS not for us to judge between the Bishops of Zanzibar [Frank Weston] and of Hereford [John Percival]. We can say quite frankly that our sympathies are for the moment rather with Africa than with England, but sympathy is one thing and judgment is another. . . More than a year ago, some of Mr Streeter's teaching in the book called Foundationswas gravely impugned by the Bishop of Zanzibar and others. Shortly afterwards, the Bishop of St Albans, whose attention had been pointedly called to the matter, dispensed with Mr Streeter's services as Examining Chaplain, but no further action was taken against him in the diocese of Oxford, where he was resident, or elsewhere. A memorial was, however, presented to the Archbishop of Canterbury which was generally understood to strike obliquely at him, and the Archbishop with his Provincial Synod adopted a resolution, which was taken by his critics, rightly or wrongly, to be a temperate condemnation of his teaching. He is not known to have made any recantation; he probably holds that the Synodical declaration did not really touch him, and he has more recently reproduced the same teaching with further develop-ments in another book. In these circumstances the Bishop of Hereford has promoted him to a canonry. The Bishop of Zanzibar considers this action a condonation, or more than a condonation, of false and dangerous teaching. He has therefore taken the only step open to him, solemnly separating the Bishop of Hereford from Communion in sacris with him, and making the fact known to the whole Church. . .

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