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A creditable withdrawal

01 June 2018

May 31st, 1918.

WE LEARN with much satisfaction that Mr Lloyd George will not, as announced, read the Lesson in Westminster Abbey on the anniversary of the King’s Coronation. Greatly to his credit, he decided not to accept the invitation if he was likely to give offence by so doing. That many Churchmen would have been offended, and many others would have asked, in mental confusion, whether, after all, definite Churchmanship is of no importance whatever, but prominence in the State is as good a qualification as any other for taking part in the Church’s offices, cannot be doubted. No wonder that the men in our army are said to have but the faintest conception of what is meant by the Church. Certainly, the authorities seem inclined nowadays to weaken that conception still more by making it appear that a man may be a Baptist or a Calvinistic Methodist or anything that he pleases, and yet be treated as a Churchman of distinction. All this is quite apart from the question of reunion. In that we are as much interested as anyone, but we do protest against premature action.

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