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DANGER SPOTS.

VAYNOR EASTER. VESTRY.,

THE "GROUP" AND COUNCILLOR…

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COUNCILLOR C. GRIFFTTTTS AND…

WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT.

THE ORIGIN OF TITHE.

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THE REV. D. ELLIS JONES AND THE FREE CHURCH COUNCIL OF ABERCYNON. Sir,—I am grateful to the Rev. D. Ellis Jones for the opportunity he has given me to repeat the statement I made at the annual meeting of the Abercynon Free Church Council. First of all, I would respectfully correct the rev gentleman in reference to the resolution that was passed at the above meetings. I did not second a resolution in favour of a "Spoliation Bill," but in favour of the "DIsesta-blishment and Disendowment Bill" laid before Parlia- ment by the Prime Minister, and which is being championed by such eminent and staunch Churchmen as Bishop Gore of Birminhgam and the Bi-hop of Hereford. Further, the purpose of this Bill is not the "spoliation" of the Church, but the prevention of further "spoliation" of national property for the benefit of a Church which has not the slightest claim to call itself the "National Church of Wales." Through an Act of Parliament in the reign of King Henry VIH.. the Church of Rome in En.^land, was divorced from the Papal See, and was established by law as the Church of Eng- land; and thus in name, because of its State connections, it became the National Church, but in name only. It has never appealed to the heart and spirit of the Welsh people. On the whole, it ha; been an "alien" influence, antagonistic to the temporal welfare and the highest interests of the nation. Until within recent times, the story of the Church has been that of groat neglect and disregard of the com- mon good of the Welsh people. Let Church- men speak for themselves—"Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee" "During sevedal centuries Bishop3 in \yales were essentially a hostile garrison bound to the English Crown by common hatred towards the native Welsh" (Archdeacon Pryco on "The Anor'ent British Church"). "From 1700 to 1850, the head of every diocese in Wales was an imported ecclesiastic, ignorant of the -language, out of sympathy with the people. He came iu- to Wales strong in his narrow national creed that all things un-English were unpardonable. To root out the sin of Welsh, he transplanted into all sunny places English brothers, cousins, connections, friends. Welshmen filled the hum- bler posts. The favourites were feeble, pliant, unpatriotic men. Aping their masters, they ■iffectrd contempt for the popular language. Ceasing to be Welsh, failing to be English, they became nobodies" (Dean Edwards, brother of "the Bishop of St. Asaph, at the Swansea Church Congress). "Tho Welsh people are not lookrd after as they should be. A large number of them have drifted away from the Mother Church because their wants have not been ministered to in their own language" (the Vicar of Clydach Vale, in his Parish Magazine, May, 1909). The above statements, delivered gratuitously by Churchmen, are hard and true facts which are amp!y verified in the history of the Church And confirmed by its present position in the Principality. Mr. Jones has. a very generous list of questions as to "who are the founders of Presbyterians, Independents. Baptists, WeSI. leyans," eto. I am afraid, Mr. Editor, that you would need to print a special supplement to find room for the answers to all the questions. The founders of the great Free Churches of our land were men who found the ecclesiastical boundaries of the State Church too narrow for their large and generous views and their many activities. They came out of the Church into the midst of the nation, and founded churches which have flourished BO well that any one of these churches might with greater show of reason be termed "National Church of Wales" than the Church of England can show for being ?o called. Undoubtedly, the whole history of the State Church proves it to bo an alien plant in Wales, and foreign to the soil of the liberty- loving people of Wales.—Yours truly. T } MORGAN JENKINS.

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