BISHOP OF LONDON British Protestants Against Dr. Wand's Election N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 11 a.m. LONDON, July 17. At a private celebration at St. Paul's Cathedral of Holy Communion for the Greater Chapter, which preceded the meeting to elect Dr. John William Charles Wand Bishop of London, the National Union of Protestants protested against Dr. Wand's nomination. The secretary of the union said: "A deputation of members attended and stood at the back of the Cathedral during the service. Our governing director at the end of the service went to the Altar rails and read out a protest urging the Dean and Chapter to postpone the election sine die on the grounds that Dr. Wand, an extreme Anglo-Catholic,
was not a fit and proper person for the position and his religion was not the religion of the Church of England, as established by law. Several of our members tried to get past the vergers but were obstructed. The Dean refused to allow us to protest in a legal manner. We distributed many copies of our protest among the people in the Cathedral. lam convinced that the Dean and Chapter intend to ignore us and continue with the Romanising of the Church despite the fact that we represent the voice of Protestant Britain."
The Dean's secretary said that Dean Matthews stated that someone protested but the speaker's voice was so inaudible that he was hardly heard and few people were aware that anything had happened.
Dr. Wand reiurned to England at the end of 1943 to become Bishop of Bath and Wells. He had spent the previous nine years in Australia as Archbishop of Brisbane. His work in Australia took him not only to the big urban churches of the coastal cities, but to isolated missions in the bush. He was especially enthusiastic about the Church's work in pre-war New Guinea. The Australians liked him for his warm friendliness and his excellent preaching. Each Sunday thousands listened to him on the radio and other thousands read his weekly articles in the Brisbane Courier-Mail.
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PROTESTS MADE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
PROTESTS MADE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
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