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Bishop Gore’s protest

12 January 2018

January 11th, 1918.

LAST Friday Dr Henson, by a bare moiety of the Chapter, was elected to the see of Hereford.

At this stage the Bishop of Oxford [Charles Gore], with characteristic courage, has addressed to the Archbishop of Canterbury a solemn protest against the nomination of Dr Henson, and has appealed to the Archbishop and bishops of the province to refuse him consecration. It is a step which we believe to be wholly unprecedented, and the fact that he has thought it necessary to take an unprecedented step will make even the most languid and ill-instructed of Churchmen understand that grave issues are at stake.

The Bishop states the reason for the protest and the appeal. . . He points out that Dr Henson has not explicitly and in so many words denied the particular miraculous facts recorded in the Creeds. But he maintains that Dr Henson’s expressed beliefs touching the fundamental matters of faith seem to him incompatible with the sincere expressions of the Creeds, and he finds himself led irresistibly to the conclusion that Dr Henson regards as incredible the physical miracles affirmed in the Creeds. In any case, it is indubitable that Dr Henson, if consecrated, would not refuse ordination to a candidate on the ground that he believed that no miracles accompanied the entrance into, the presence in, and the departure from the world of Jesus Christ. . .


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