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100 years ago: New doctrine commission

10 February 2023

February 9th, 1923.

THE Archbishops of Canterbury and York have appointed a Commission on Christian Doctrine which will begin to consider, about the middle of April, the nature and grounds of Christian doctrine, with a view to demonstrating the extent of existing agreement within the Church of England, and to investigating how far it is possible to remove or diminish existing differences. Roman Catholic controversialists will perhaps make merry, renewing ancient gibes. English Catholics will receive the appointment of the Commission not only with respect but also with satisfaction. They are confident that their principles are so firmly established upon sure bases that nothing but good can come of the discussion of them with others, and of taking opportunities of presenting them faithfully and removing misconceptions. They will remember that less formal conferences, such as those held at Fulham in Dr Creighton’s days, and more recently between Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics at Cheltenham and elsewhere, have tended to understanding and charity. In the list of those appointed to serve on the Commission they will find the names of those in whom they have complete confidence, as the Rev. W. L. Knox and the Rev. E. G. Selwyn, Professor A. E. Taylor and Mr. W. Spens. Catholic interests will be fully safeguarded. It may, we think, be taken for granted that the labours of the Commission will be prolonged, and that no report, even of a preliminary kind, can be made for many months, or even for some years.

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