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Knox leads the charge

08 March 2019

March 7th, 1919.

[The Archbishops had a foretaste of Bishop Knox’s opposition to the revised Prayer Book, in particular the revised eucharistic canon:]

A FEW days ago the Archbishops received a deputation which presented to their Graces the memorial against the proposed change in the arrangement of the Canon. If the memorialists had contented themselves with a genuine protest against any change, saying that they were satisfied with the Canon as it stands, they would have been better advised. Unfortunately for them, they advanced reasons which made it impossible for the Primates to express sympathy with them. As the Archbishop of Canterbury said, in condemning those who desired the change they were condemning the Scottish and the American Churches, whose liturgies contain the very features which the memorialists alleged to be papistical. Would the Bishop of Manchester [E. A. Knox] abstain from Communion in St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, or in Trinity Church, New York? If he did not, he would be consenting to the use of liturgical language designed, as he would say, to bring back the erroneous doctrine of the old popish days. The memorialists protested too much. They should have gone more cautiously to work. As it was, they confessed themselves quite out of touch with the Churchmanship which unites the Scottish and the American communions with Canterbury.

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