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 presented at the Annual Meeting held in the Caxton Hall, Westminster on Monday May 2nd 1910.
P.7 – The report of the Council contains the following statement.
‘. . . of the year which has since elapsed it would be truer to say that the most active section of the bishops have adopted a boldly aggressive partisan attitude, no longer merely conniving at, but placing themselves at the head of the openly Romanising clergy. The Bishop of London has “given in” as regards the use of incense, the observance of Corpus Christi, All Souls, and the “Assumption” of the Virgin – all of which were expunged from the Calendar of the Church of England, and are dedicated respectively to the purely Roman Catholic cults of the Adoration of the Host, Purgatory and Mariolatry.’
P.8 – “Revision of the Prayer Book.” ‘Since our last Report the Committees of the Lower Houses of both Convocations have reported in favour of legalising the Mass vestments. In the Church Intelligencer for May last will be found a careful analysis of the ‘proposed depravation of the Prayer Book’ embodied in these two reports. Meantime a fresh election of Proctors has taken place owing to the dissolution of Parliament, and it is believed that the number of elected Proctors who are opposed to any revision taking place at the present time, has been increased. The results hitherto are precisely what was to have been expected from the composition of those committees.
‘The Dean of Canterbury resigned his seat on the committee, and in relating his experiences, he said: “Fortunately the decision in this matter does not lie in their hands . . . At all events, nothing can practically be done in this matter without the consent of Parliament. No part of the Prayer Book can be altered without the consent of Parliament. So that we are thrown back for our ultimate decisions on this point upon the laity of the Church of England and the Parliament of England. And what we are forced to do by the state of things to which I have referred is to make up our minds to maintain a continuous appeal to the British laity on this subject, in order that when the time comes the House of Commons may be made thoroughly aware that the laity of the Church of England will never consent to an alteration of this kind”.’
P.9 – “The Roman Catholic Aggression”. ‘The Eucharistic Congress which made so much stir in 1908 issued its Official Report last midsummer, and a careful and instructive analysis of its contents and peculiarities will be found in the Intelligencer for July. The Council have kept a jealous eye on the repeated attempts of the Romanists to smuggle through a repetition of the abortive Procession of the Host through the streets. In July they remonstrated with the Home secretary, the Hon. Herbert (now Lord) Gladstone, respecting one such attempt, in which they reminded him that – “It belongs to the Home secretary to control the employment of police for any purpose incompatible with the due observance of the law, and the Council of the Church Association therefore feel bound to direct your attention to these grave abuses.”’
P.10 – “In Conference”. ‘ A Conference of leading members of the Association throughout the country and of delegates from its principal branches was held in the Inns of Court Hotel, on July 13th, to consider and advise as to the utilising the Press and educating public opinion by means of meetings and demonstrations to Provincial Towns. It was a highly representative gathering and an excellent spirit of unanimity pervaded all the proceedings.’
P.11-14 – “Legal Proceedings”. ‘Although for many reasons the Church Association has not participated directly in any legal suits, it felt obliged in the case of Fowey Church, of which they are the patrons, to issue a caveat in order to be able to watch the proceedings for erecting a chancel-screen against the wishes of many of the parishioners.
‘Several other faculty suits of interest have been decided during the year. At Chester the Chancellor decided that both a processional cross and a sacring bell were legal!
‘At St Luke’s, Newcastle, the Vicar had to pay the costs of the suit for having acted without a faculty. He was ordered to remove a desk for hearing confessions, and to fasten up the door of his “tabernacle” so as to prevent its being used for reservation; and his counsel abandoned the defence of several other innovations.
‘At Pelton the Vicar was ordered to restore the Table of the Decalogue together with the Creed and Lord’s Prayer, which had been removed without a faculty, and he was further saddled with the costs of the suit for having acted in an illegal manner.’
P.15 – “Colporteur-Evangelist and Van Mission”. ‘It would be difficult to exaggerate the benefits to Protestantism which are the fruits of the visits of vans to all parts of the country and the positive teaching of Scriptural religion as well as the exposure of Sceptical Unbelief and superstitious Ritualism and Idolatry.’ The report covers the work of six colporteurs, with the use of five vans.
P.17 – “Protestant Educational Classes”. ‘Realising the continued need for educational work among the young the Council have maintained the system of instruction by series of weekly classes to which allusion was made last year. Duirng the six months from October to March Mr Upton has conducted fifty classes at nine different centres with an aggregate attendance of close upon two thousand. The lectures are followed by conversational questions or discussion.’
P.20 – “Dusseldorf”. The parsonage has been completed and occupied by the chaplain, the Rev A Griffith. Everyone agreed that it is a beautiful addition to the church and grounds.