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Episcopal visit to Sweden

09 October 2020

October 8th, 1920.

THE document that we publish to-day from the pen of the Bishop of Peterborough [Theodore Woods], describing the visit of himself and the Bishop of Durham [Hensley Henson] to Sweden and their share in the consecration of two Swedish bishops, interesting as it is, will, we fear, increase rather than allay the apprehensions that many feel with regard to the resolutions of the Lambeth Conference if they are carried out in action. This consecration, the Bishop says, “was the first step taken in accordance with the reunion resolutions of the Lambeth Conference”, but the Bishop of Zanzibar [Frank Weston], speaking at the Church House last week, implied that the two English bishops were present in defiance of those resolutions. Now it is rumoured that the Conference reached practical unanimity through an alliance of the Bishop of Peterborough with the Bishop of Zanzibar. Is there a rift in the lute already? Again, what are we to think of the Swedish services? In the morning there appears to have been a “High Mass” without consecration of the elements or communion: in the evening a service including consecration and communion of the people. We are not in the least reassured by the vestments, the crucifixes, and the wafer-bread. Cucullus non facit monachum and chasubles do not make Catholics. Under the Swedish ceremonial there still exists, we have heard from other quarters, the narrowest type of Lutheran Protestantism.

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