Although "The Church Intelligencer" continues to be published, the volumes for 1907 onwards are missing from our archives so we have used the "Church Association Annual Reports" (which began in 1867) to compile a summary of the activities of the Church Association from 1907 onwards.
Notes from the Report of the Council to the Annual Meeting held in the Caxton Hall, Westminster on Monday, May 3rd, 1909.
P.7-13 – “The Threatened Restoration of Mass Vestments”. ‘In 1906 we had to record that a protest signed by 118,624 lay members of the Church of England had been presented by the Church Association to the Archbishop, declaring their determination to “resist to the utmost every such attempt to subvert the Reformation Settlement”.’ This is followed by statements on the ‘Doctrinal Importance of Mass Ritual’ and ‘Action Taken by the Council’.
P.13-17 – “The R.C. ‘Eucharistic Congress’.” ‘Doubtless it was due to the extraordinary ‘craving’ promoted in so many of our theological colleges for the restoration of the mediaeval Mass, that the authorities of the Church of Rome were encouraged to hold their “Eucharistic Congress” in London. The time chosen was during the recess, when the leaders of the various Protestant Societies would be taking their accustomed holiday, and were in fact scattered all over Europe. The rumour that a procession of the Host, the idol of the Roman apostasy, would take place through the streets of the Metropolis was at first discredited, and it was hoped that the police authorities, who had been called upon by the Protestant Alliance, would not permit such an open and flagrant breach of the law to take place.’
“Apathy of the English Bishops”. ‘Perhaps the saddest thing connected with the “Eucharistic Congress” was the absolute failure of the English Episcopate to denounce this gross caricature of the Christian faith by the public worship of a “Holy Wafer’ (as the present Pope described it), as being their “Eucharistic God”. The Council therefore addressed a respectful remonstrance to the Primate.’
P.19 – “Government Patronage”. ‘It must be admitted that this grave condition of the Church of England has been intensified by the administration of patronage by the present Government. During the past year THE GOVERNMENT, ie The Crown, Lord Chancellor, Home Secretary, First Lord of the Admiralty, and the Secretary for India, have between them appointed thirty-nine Ritualists to the Church of England livings and chaplaincies.
THE BISHOPS, who ought to be the custodians of our National Protestantism, have promoted no less then 193 law-breaking clergy, nineteen of them having been reported to the Royal Commission.’
P.24 – The report of the Organizing Secretaries contains the following statements.
‘The Mirfield and other aggressive Romanising missions have called forth special counteracting endeavour. The “pity of it” is, these missions almost invariably receive Episcopal sanction and benediction. Loyal church-folk are distressed and amazed when it is found that some of the worst features of Rome’s teaching and practices are promulgated instead of the Gospel of the Grace of God.’
‘The Organizing Secretaries have special opportunities for ascertaining public opinion regarding the progress of Ritualism. They are convinced that the people of this country are overwhelmingly opposed to Ritualism and Romanism, and that the stealthy means adopted to filch from them the blessings of the Reformation only require given conditions to find swift and merited retribution.’
P.27 – “Protestant Vans and Colporteurs.” - Seven colporteurs are listed with the use of six vans. The table shows 572 villages visited and a distance of 6,712 miles having been travelled throughout the year.