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Canon Inskip too Protestant

03 May 2019

May 2nd, 1919.

THE appointment of Canon J. T. Inskip as Bishop-Suffragan of Barking will not give general satisfaction in the diocese of Chelmsford, and especially in that particular part of it that is known as London-over-the-Border. The work of the Bishop of Barking lies chiefly in that populous and important part of East London, and the appointment of one whose views and sympathies are so distinctly Protestant will be unwelcome to a large and keen body of Churchpeople there. It is true that the Simeon Trustees are the patrons of the important parishes of Leyton and Walthamstow, and therefore control indirectly the appointments to the newer parishes that have been formed out of them, but there are many large and important churches in the district where the Catholic Faith is taught and practised, and here the present appointment will scarcely commend itself. All things considered, the Bishop of Chelmsford would be better advised if he had submitted to the King the name of one whose Protestantism is less pronounced than that of Canon Inskip. In exercising his parochial patronage his lordship takes obvious pains to consider the claims of Churchpeople of both schools of thought, but the present appointment does not suggest the same line of action with regard to diocesan appointments.


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