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LOOKING FORWARD. VI. [Editorial from 'North Wales Times' for a week in 1968] ROMANISTIC INFLUENCES. It has always been our endeavour, editorially, to treat all subjects from a strictly impartial point of view, particularly those connected with religion. As we do not happen to support the Church of England in Wales we have seldom criticised-and have often refrained from criti- ei,iing-whawliara seemed to us to be dangerous ground on which she is, and has been, treading. But things have come to such a pass nowadays that it would be morally wrong (on our part) co conceal our feelings with respect to the march Romewards now being executed by that ano- maly, the Church in Wales. Since the rise of the Oxford movement early in the last century-a. movement which, no doubt, bore good fruit-the Church has become gradually, slowly but surely, eaten up with the dogmas and doctrines of the Church of Rome. The English dioceses, headed by their bishops and clergy, gradually introduced things Roman, and, during the last 80 years,Wales has followed in their VIzk. Alas! that these things are allowed to be. Here, in the diocese of St. Asaph, we have a bishop who draws the small salary of £4,200 per annum, a dean with E700, four canons residentiary each drawing E350 per quarter, to say nothing of the army of clerics who are, with few exceptions, doing the work of Rome, though not openly wearing her badges. Wales has never accepted the principles of the Establishment kindly, since nearly three-fourths of her people have chosen the bread of Non- conformity, but those of her people who have stood by the Church in Wales have had other experiences. Now, in fact, this Church is almost within the clutches of Rome, if it be not already there, and yet, no one can, or will put out a hand to pre. vent it. The old superstitions of pre-Reforma- tion days have been openly introduced, dis- carded doctrines of the middle ages are being openly taught: from many pulpits, Roman ser- vices are the order of the day, and yet Parlia- ment does nothing. Why do not the parishioners take up the matter ?' That is a hard question, capable of no easy solution. In Wales, the majority of bona-tide Welsh parishioners are Nonconformists, there are seldom more than a few bona-fide Churchpeople, the rest are, as a rule, middle class and the upper who show a supreme contempt for inter- ference in any shape or form. With them it is the correct thing to attend mass, or benediction of the sacrament—and no- thing more. No real thought of a pure, un- defiled religion, according to the rules of the now discarded, but nevertheless legal Prayer Book, ever enters their heads. It would not do. Worldliness, pride, arrogance, self esteem, love of society, and other national failings, overrun the garden of the Lord, in mock humi lity. And this stage of things makes one shudder with thoughts of the possibilities of the future, and makes one cry from the depths of one's heart, Oh, God, how long, how long.' How long shall these things be done in the divine name. How long shall this Church stand which feries, Peace, when there is no peace.' Surely it cannot be for ever. The founda- tions weakened, the pillars loosened, decay everywhere, how can the end be deferred much longer. Surely the cry 'Babylon is fallen' must re- sound through the length and breadth of this beloved Wales of ours ere many more years have passed over our heads. Perchance some will say, Hath not this Church which you condemn done many things in Christ's name.' It may be so, and yet the words of cur Lord might justly apply—' I never knew you.' How can we reconcile all this vain show of vestments, processions, endless .services, banners, and in- cense with what the Prayer Book teaches, much less the pure teaching of our Saviour. Was not the rejection of the 39 articles but the pre- lude to the rejection of the whole book of Com- mon Prayer itself, and may it not be that this rejection of the Prayer Book will lead to the rejection of the Bible itself by the Church' in favour of the voice of the Church itself. For now there wants but a step to be taken ere the final- goal of the clergy of these realms, be reached-Rome. 'Clouds and darkness' are indeed round about us, and who will dare to prophecy what will be the next move in this awful drama. Surely the time has come when this scandal- ous state of affairs shall be ended for ever let us pray, with all reverence, that it may be soon. Let those who love Rome join Rome's army, openly, and without hesitation, for they will then gain what we fear they have never yet won-the admiration and respect of all sober- minded, earnest, Christians., [Paragraph from The Denbighshire and Flint- shire Times,' July, 1968]. DENBIGH. St. Mary's Church.-A service will be held on Thursday evening next, at St. Mary's Church, for the purpose of dedicating a statue of the Blessed Virgin, which is being placed near the High Altar, and also a figure of the Sacred ¡ Heart, which has been given by a lady member of the St. Mary's Order of the Sacred Heart. The Very Rev. the Dean of St. Asaph will preach on the Virtues of Mary, and of the Sacred Heart. The choir from St. Beuno's R.C. College, Tremeirchion, has been kindly lent for the occasion. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin' will be sung, and also a hymn specially composed for the occasion by the Rector of Denbigh—' Holy Mary, Blessed Mother'—set to music by the organist of St. Mary's. 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