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Historic day in Convocation

14 February 2020

February 13th, 1920.

THE Archbishop and Bishops of the Southern House of Convocation were indeed making Church history on Tuesday, when the first act of the new session was to declare the four Welsh bishops released from their pledged allegiance to the Archbishop of Canterbury, so that they might constitute a separate province for their country. Another unprecedented thing was the presence of the Northern Primate in the Southern House of Bishops as a witness of its proceedings. There were many features in the Act disestablishing and disendowing the Church in Wales which roused our indignation, many injustices which ought not to have been committed. But we rejoice that it enables Welsh Churchmen to obtain what so long has been the object of their desires: ecclesiastical independence under their own Archbishop. Even though they cease to be constituents of the Province of Canterbury, there is nothing to prevent them from maintaining close relations with the Church on this side of the Severn. The Province of York is a separate entity but not a separate Church. Within these last few years fresh links have been formed between York and Canterbury significant of a spiritual unity underlying their ecclesiastical independence. Such a union of the Welsh Province with those of Canterbury and York will strengthen these as it will strengthen itself.

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