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100 years ago: Dr Walter Frere for Truro

06 October 2023

October 5th, 1923.

THE appointment to the bishopric of Truro is one upon which the Church may be heartily congratulated. We owe very much to the long series of Liberal Evangelical bishops, who, one after another, have been set in the sees of the two provinces. They have proved themselves in the highest degree efficient, kindly, paternal. No comparison can be instituted between them and the narrow type of Evangelical bishop to whom the northern sees especially used to fall, almost as a matter of course. But the fact remains that those who would not hesitate definitely to call themselves Anglo-Catholics have been excluded, as if by set policy, from the episcopate. It seemed to be taken for granted that only Evangelicals and Liberals of various shades could he trusted to administer dioceses justly. We hope that now that a breach has been made with tradition Anglo-Catholics may obtain that proportion of representation in the Upper Houses of Convocation which has so long been denied to them. Dr. Frere’s nomination, at which we hinted last week, will be very welcome to a diocese which has numbered among its six bishops five High Churchmen, and where there is a large proportion of parishes in which Catholic teaching and justice have long been established. He has laid the whole Church under an obligation by his services to sacred learning; we believe that in the high office to which he is now called — which perhaps only a strong sense of duty leads him to accept — he will again greatly serve the Church.

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