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 on the report of the Council presented at the 47th Annual Meeting held in the Caxton Hall, Westminster on Monday, April 29th 1912.
P.6 – “Resolution”. Proposed ‘That the sanction now proposed to be given in Convocation to the use of Mass Vestments, coupled as it is with other proposed changes in the existing Communion Service, such as the reservation of the sacrament anywhere for any length time permitted by the Bishop, the consequent discontinuance of the use of our present office for the Communion of the Sick, the introduction of direct prayers for the dead in connection with the Communion Office, the discontinuance of the words of administration to such communicant which were used by our Lord who bade His disciples, ‘Take, eat,’ ‘Drink of this, all ye,’ and to ‘do this in remembrance’ of Him, and, still more, the bringing back the Prayer of access, and the ‘Prayer of oblation’ into immediate connection with the Consecration, is a deliberate reversal of the very precautions taken by our Martyred Reformers in order to get rid of the superstition of the (pretended) ‘Sacrifice of the Mass’.
P.8 – “The Coronation”. ‘Almost the first duty that fell to the lot of the Council was the presentation of a loyal and dutiful address to his most gracious Majesty the King and to our beloved Queen on their Coronation. It is to be regretted that in the form of service recommended for use by the two Archbishops all reference was omitted to the Coronation oath, by which the King binds himself before God to “maintain the laws of God, the true profession of the Gospel, and the Protestant Reformed religion established by law.” One of the Primates actually explained that he never gave the Protestant Coronation Oath a thought when rehearsing the main feature of the service of which that Oath forms the very kernel and centre!
P.11-12 - “Abuse of Crown Patronage by Prime Minister”. ‘The truth is that the higher patronage of the Crown has for almost an entire generation been exercised as though it were designed to reward Romanising clergymen, and Mr Asquith in this respect has followed the evil example of Mr Balfour, so that when the Council had petitioned in vain that only loyal clergymen should be nominated for the then vacant Bishoprics of Salisbury and Oxford, the chairman was compelled to remonstrate vigorously by reminding Mr Asquith that he had selected: “for the Diocese of Salisbury the brother of the very bishop whose patronage of Romanising clergy has given rise to so much scandal in Brighton, and your present nominee officiates as Bishop in churches in which the law is habitually violated, and himself wears a mitre and pectoral cross, neither of which ornaments was sanctioned even by the First Prayer Book of Edward VI. . . .”
The friends of Protestantism in Parliament should put pressure upon the Prime Minister, and our friends in the country should collect signatures to the grave “remonstrance” which is to be presented to His Majesty himself in respect of this grave evil. It is mockery to talk, as they do in Convocation of Episcopal discretion as being a “safeguard” when the Episcopal Bench is packed with Sacerdotalists.’
P.18-20 – “Protestantism before Politics”. ‘The years 1909 and 1910 brought each with them the excitement of a General Election; the year just closing has in electoral matters been calm, but has brought before us questions of great importance, especially to the commercial and industrial life of the people, which indicate grave dangers to the nation, and are of such a nature as indicates the urgent need of the maintenance of the spiritual and evangelical teaching of the Protestant Episcopal Church of this Realm, “as by law established,” and to do this it is necessary that the clergy of that Church should faithfully conform to the teaching of the Prayer Book and Articles.’