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100 years ago: Frank Weston and the Pope

22 September 2023

September 21st 1923

THE Bishop of Zanzibar is impenitent about the telegram to the Pope. In his Preface to the reprint of his Morning Post articles and his final address at the Anglo-Catholic Congress, which Messrs. Mowbray publish this week under the title, “In Defence of the English Catholic,” he has a good deal to say about the Papal claims, and sets out very cogently those which no Anglo-Catholic can rightly accept. But he feels that the precedent set by the Lambeth Appeal to all Christian People was justification enough for sending a message of greeting to the Pope of Rome and for calling to his mind the fact that the Congress members were praying for the day of peace. The Lambeth Appeal did, of course, set an adequate precedent, but it also would have justified the sending of a greeting to the President of the Free Church Council. Had that been done, no dovecots would have been fluttered. Meanwhile, what has been the subsequent history of the telegram? Did it ever reach Rome, or does it still lie in Archbishop’s House, Westminster? It is difficult to believe that the Pope, with his knowledge and love of England, would be so discourteous as to leave it unacknowledged. If a reply has come, are we not entitled to know its terms?

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