Volume 15 – 1898 – Missing
The following abstracts have been taken from the Annual Report presented at a meeting in St James’ Hall, Piccadilly on 1st May 1899.
The title page presents the Association as ‘The Church Association into which have been incorporated The National Protestant League, The Church of England Working Men’s Protestant Union and The Luther Memorial Home and to which have been affiliated The Protestant Defence Association of Ireland and The Church Association of Ireland.’ The last two Societies are the latest additions to the title.
P.11 – “Memorial to the Bishop of London” – ‘A deputation from the Council of the Church Association waited upon Dr Creighton on May 2nd 1898 to urge upon his Lordship the grave scandal which resulted from neglect of all discipline, and from the unchecked prevalence of Romish teaching and practice, which are perhaps more general in the Diocese of London than in any other. The deputation presented a memorial bearing 15,400 signatures as a protest against a representation, which had been got up by the Rev James Dixon of the “Holy Cross Society”, condemning the action of Mr Kensit (Protestant Truth Society). Our memorial urged that it was a lamentable sign of the times that ‘it should have become necessary for private members of the Church of England to protest against the clergy being allowed to introduce and teach the false, pagan, and anti-Christian doctrines of the Romish apostasy within the Protestant establishment.’
P.13 – “The Awakening of the Bishops” – ‘But though their lordships were deaf and blind not only to the facts and duties of their calling, but to the formal representations sent in to them year after year by the Church Association, in the providence of God three events occurred to rouse the indignation of the public, viz., the prosecution of Messrs Kensit and Hone by the English Church Union, the publication of Mr Walsh’s Secret History of the Oxford Movement, and the letters of Sir William Harcourt to The Times newspaper. The action of the E.C.U. at once determined the Church Association not to permit a man to be crushed for protesting against a purely pagan performance which the Bishop chose to tolerate in a Christian Church, and as a result the defendants were acquitted.’
It is later stated that 42,000 copies of Mr Walsh’s book have been printed and mostly sold without any advertising.
P.19 – “Resolution adopted by the House of Commons” – ‘A triumphant vindication of the position taken up by the Council in this matter was the adoption on April 11th by two hundred votes to fourteen of a Resolution moved by Mr Gedge and Colonel Sandys, and amended by the House itself, “That this House deplores the spirit of lawlessness shewn by certain members of the Church of England, and confidently hopes that the Ministers of the Crown will not recommend any clergyman for ecclesiastical preferment unless they are satisfied that he will loyally obey the Bishops and the Prayer Book, and the law as declared by the Courts which have jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical.’
P.23 – “The Reunion of Christendom” – ‘Lt Col Alves (member of Council) attended the tercentenary celebration of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes to testify to our brethren in the faith that “unity of the spirit in the bond of peace” which exists between the several branches of the Reformed Church.’
P.24 – “Vans and Colporteurs”. A statement is given of the work done by thirteen colporteurs using eleven vans.
P.92 – A list is given of some 140 Branch Associations of the Church Association.
A list of Life Members of the Association takes up eight pages. A donor of £5 is nominated as a Life Member. A further twenty-four pages are devoted to the donations received from members during the year, amounting to £6,200.