THE most surprising feature of the Anglo-Catholic Congress, to be held in London next spring, is that it is meeting for the first time. All sections and subsections of Churchmen have long since tested the advantage of such gatherings, and have found it to be considerable. Not only do they, by the bringing together of like-minded men, give a sense of corporate reality and, in consequence, inspiration of a sort, but they impress the general public, if only to the extent of compelling recognition of their existence. Low Churchmen owe more than they know to such conferences as are held at Islington and Cheltenham. Modernist Churchmen may or may not be numerically strong. They certainly contrive to be articulate, and that in a way which arouses the passing interest of the man in the train. And now there is promise that on the eve of the Lambeth Conference, which may easily be as momentous as the Savoy Conference, Catholic Churchmen are for a week to concentrate in extending the knowledge of the Catholic Faith. . . At present the interest of many Catholic congregations is bounded by the four walls of their own churches. They are for most practical purposes congregationalists. . . Not the least of the good results of the Congress may therefore be that Catholics will learn to be “matey”.
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