Message to the Anglo-Catholic Congress in London
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138 ] Message to the Anglo-Catholic Congress in London1 The Sunday Referee (29 June 1930), Special Supplement2 Thereisnodoubtalargepublicwhichisindifferent,thereisamuchsmaller public which is hostile, and there is another public which is rejoiced, when the Anglo-Catholic Congress takes place. To my mind the value of these congresses will prove to be, in time, still more for the first two categories than for the third: the first will learn that there is something to think about, the second that there is something which it has thought mistakenly about. The third, we need to remember, consists not only of those who take part in the worship and in the instruction, but of a great many others, scattered about the country, who cannot take part, but who must be helped and encouraged in their missionary work of example and steadfastness, by knowing that such a congress is taking place. Notes 1. The Catholic movement within the Church of England led to the first Anglo-Catholic Congress in 1920, with successive Congresses in 1923 and 1927. Among the declarations of the Congress in the early years was the truth of the doctrine of Incarnation, its expression in the Eucharist, and the reservation of that sacrament in the tabernacle. 2. On 17 June 1930, in response to a request for a message of “100 words on ‘where we are going?,’ ” TSE sent the text of this message to Rev. Desmond Morse-Boycott for inclusion in a Special Supplement of the Sunday Referee for the Fourth Anglo-Catholic Congress in London (L5 220-21). Under the presidency of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Roscow Shedden, Bishop of Nassau, the Congress opened on 29 June with an open-air High Mass at Stamford Bridge football ground, Chelsea, followed by sessions in the Royal Albert Hall through 6 July. ...