Canon Lacey’s indiscretion

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28 February 2020

February 27th, 1920.

[The participation of Canon Lacey, a Church Times leader-writer and columnist, in a conference with Free Churchmen on reunion prompted the proprietors of the CT to dispense regretfully with his services, and the Editor to distance itself, in an article headed “Disavowal”, from its conclusions. Lacey’s letter appeared in the same issue:]

Sir, — The Resolution of the Conference held at Mansfield College last month is now published, with my name attached to it. My responsibility is greater than this indicates, for I had a hand in drafting it. I may therefore claim, with some confidence, to know what it means.

Letters which are coming to me betray a fundamental misapprehension of its purpose. It is not an interim compromise. It contemplates a completely reunited Church, and has reference to nothing short of that consummation. It is an attempt to set out, in language familiar to those who are least in touch with the Catholic tradition, some necessary conditions of that complete reunion for which we hope and pray. I told the Conference plainly that we older men must not expect to see it bear fruit in our day; we must ask God to show us His work, and our children His glory. A paper read to the Conference, which will appear in the next number of the Contemporary Review, may serve to make my position clear. . .

T. A. LACEY.

Worcester. Feb. 24.

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