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I BRITAIN TO BE! FEDERATEfj CHURCH AND nOME Ralt ALL ROUND. RELIGIOUS OUTLOOK. A young man WhO is going to take a liand in shaping Cymru Fydd has been visiting Swansea. His name is ChYilym 0. Griffith, his pi-esent ad- dress, Belfast, but he has accepted the pastorate of Stamwell-road Baptist Church, Ponarth, and settles there, all well, in December. To those who heard the Rev. Gwilym 0. Griffith on Sunday in Alexandra-road C. M. Church, or on Monday evening listeaie(I to his fervid address on Mazzini, patriot and prophet, an introduction is unnecessary; lor surely man never put his whole soul into anything as Gwilym O. Griffith does into his ser- mons and lectures. A Pen Picture* I Let those who uiu not imagine a straight athletic figure, in a black coa.t; clean shaved, blacjk haired, large featured, strong jawed; cultured, efficient. And yet not a super-man, but one of us, gracefully human, and free from the tiniest bit of starch or affectation. He- has lived in Belfast for 15 months. He is a Baptist; but all his friends in the land of his birth are Presbyterians. "I am looking forward to the time," ho says, when there will be a close federation of the ch urches. I don't think the solution of the denomina- tional question lies in a merging of the denominations but I do think it lies in the organisation of a icùeral church in which the denominations will be re- garded simply as dineront sections, Of one church?" Yes, it will be one church; I should like to see Wales taking the lead. National Church of Wales. I "Ah! how about Disestablishment? "The removal of the establishment is a necessary step towards the forma- tion of a true national church, which shall represent the whole rdigiou; idea; and that national church I feel must be the federated church. I cer- tainly think the National Church in j Wales must includo those evangelical denominations which now have so great j power in appeal to the AVelsh mind and heart. You said Evangelical? What about our friends the. Catholics? "Well, it may be a strange thing, but the fact remains that the Roman Catholic Church to-day seems to be making no successful appeal to the Welsh mind; and I think we should look forward to the time when that ooction of the Celtic people which to day is captured by Catholicism wil break away from the restraints oi Sacerdotalism. One of the Effects. I I believe one of the eeffcts of Home Rule will be to emancipate Ireland foi reactionary Catholicism. If we cai. have a new Catholic formation, which will be based on Catholicism and not on Sacerdotalism, that perhaps will be good. g You are for Ulster. What of Home Ru;e? "Its difficult to talk ab-out that. I am tremendously gone on Welsh Home Rule. I don't know what to say. 1 do believe that Irish Home itule is in- evitable; but it is also necessary that a system of Home Rule shall also be developed which will give Home Rule to England and Scotland also as weli as Ireland. I am afraid the bigotry of the Orange type of Belfast Protestant has done more to set the clock back in Ireland and to check the anti-clerical movement amongst the Catholics of Ireland than anything else that has happened for many terian ministers in BelfastâI say I Pre3bytcrjan ministers, because the-\ have taken the lead-have done more to saddle Ireland ii-itli Popi-i-y than 5U Popes could have accomplished. "In what way? Ulster and Home Rule. I By stiffening the backs of the Catholic reaction, Ulster has her own claims which must be considered. 1 should like to see a compromise arrived at. But the anti-Home Rule party have ruled themselves out of count by taking up an attitude in which compro- mise becomes impossible. The majority in Ulster is in favour of Homo Rule. An examination of the last General Election returns shows more votes in favour of Home Rule than against it. Ulster has also a Parliamentary majority in favour of Home Rule. It is comical to read the vtataments made in Tory papers about Ulster, ns if Ulster were united against Home Rule. Replying to another question, Mr. G rillit hsaid he would support WTelsh Home Rule t6 an independent measure, but still he felt the inevitable move- ment was towards federation. "But we must have a National Par- liament which shall symbolise and ex- press the unity of our national life. I believe the only sound basis on which we can proceed is to recognise the broad national clistinction-that is English, Scotch, Welsh, and Irish. To split up the country into provinces, and to pass Honje Rule on a merely pro- vincial apportionment, would be ruinous to the unity of British life. I Sunday Concerts. On the question of Sunday evening entertainments which has been dis- cussed in Swansea- lately Griffith said he felt very strongly. It was a matter for the democracy of the town to decide. For any section of the town to attempt to intimidate, or to force the legislation into repressive action in regard to anything which does not in itself involve had citizenship, is a very gviive mistake. "If church democracy iij-s out against, let us suppose, i Swansea band conoert-s," he. continued, "because they interfere with church attendances, what would they think if some d1 a s<?-u!ar democracy cried out, I?t us sup?r?ss these church services because they interfere with our band concerts!

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