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---------TWO YIEWS OF DISESTABLISHMENT.

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TWO YIEWS OF DISESTABLISHMENT. THE Bishop of St. Asafih, speaking on Tuesday at the St. Asaph Diocesan Conference at Bala, finished his speech with the following words Those who invite us to tamper or temporise with these proposals for the spoliation of the Church ask us to do nothing less than to abandon a great principle. In this matter I take my stand upon principle, and, so far as I am concerned, I will, by the help of God, resist to the very utmost of my power, in the future as in the past, every attempt to break up the unity of the Church of England and Wales and to disinherit her of the gifts of her chil- dren and in this opposition I know that I can count upon the loyal and devoted support of every true Churchman in this diocese." This peroration only shows how utterly blind even clever Churchmen are to the realities of the Church's position. Bishop Edwards says he knows that he can count on the u loyal and devoted support of everytrue Churchman" in the diocese. Not twenty-four hours before these words were spoken, Mr. Gladstone, whose earnest and de- voted affection for the Church has never been called into question,' and whose love has not abated by age, pledged himself irrevocably at Carnarvon to the Disestablishment and Disen- dowment of the Church in Wales. The Bishop can liO longer call to his aid every loyal and devoted Churchman for the most illustrious member of his Church, after a hard struggle with old prejudices, has declared himself on the side of Disestablishment. The Bishop must, therefore, take his choice. Either the Church must be disestablished, or it must for ever ;be dragged at the chariot wheels of Toryism. There is nothing to our z, mind that so clearly demonstrates the urgent necessity of Disestablishment were it but for the Church's own sake, than the fact that the pastor of the diocese should have been com- pelled practically to deny the devoted attach- meet of Mr. Gladstone to the Church. It is sad to think that the ministers of a vChurch that proclaims itself a National Church should have to throw in their lot definitely and irrevocably with a political party. It is still sadder to think that, by doing so, the Bishop has to repudiate the claim of many of the best Churchmen to be considered as loyal members of the Church. On this matter the Church itself is divided. A purely political question should not be made a test question for membership in a National Church. The "Catholic" Church is degraded thereby into the position of a sect, and when the Church is once identified with a party, its de- cline, and, perhaps, its fall is assured. In the seventeenth century the Church was a national Church, and so successfully defended itself against the inroad of English Puritanism.

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