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Tasks for the Congress

26 June 2020

June 25th, 1920.

ON TUESDAY above twelve thousands persons are expected in London to take part in the first Anglo-Catholic Congress. The event marks the beginning of a new epoch. Much depends on the young men who will, many of them, come before the general body of Catholics for the first time at the Albert Hall. In their own places in the universities they have done work and made headway that would astonish the pioneers in the Catholic Revival. Their responsibility, so far from being lessened by the numerical strength of the party, is increased thereby, for there is a danger that the solid bases of Tractarian teaching may be exchanged for the chimerical advantages of Western uniformity. The inherent catholicity of the Church of England and the sufficiency of her formularies were the head and front of the Catholic advance. They can only be exchanged for other arguments at great peril. To the Congress we look, of course, for a clear enouncing of Catholic Faith and practice, but beyond it we look for a great rallying to the Church in her primary work of conversion and healing. An evangelical revival is needed. Leadership in the world is awaited. Never were men so ready to accept new ideas, and the Gospel is ever new.

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