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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD, Issue 10476, 20 November 1897, Supplement
THE RELIGIOUS WORLD
DR BEVAN DEPENDS HIMSELF. The remarks about Presbyterian sacerdotalism made by Dr Bcvin, the well-known Congregational minister -of Melbourne, appear to have given mnch offence to the Presbyterians of that cily. One rev. gentleman, thinking that Dr Bevan had in his mind the action of the New South Wales moderator (who had been visiting the various Presbyterian congregations), vigorously repudiated the charge of sacerdotalism. Dr Bevan, in reply, stated : "I was nob referring to Presbyteriauism here, and I am very glad to know that the- moderator (Dr Bruce) is visiting the congregations of the Presbyterian Church throughout the colony—a very proper duty for a moderator, and of course quite free from any suggestion of th 9 sacerdotalism to which 1 have' referred. My reference was to the change which has come over the fashion of worship in some of the leading churches of the Establishment in Scotland. For example, in the St. Giles's Cathedral, of which Dr Cameron Lees is the minister, a form of service is being introduced very different from that with which we are familiar in the Presbyterian Caurch generally, and innovations in the direction of a sacerdotal reading of the communion service are being found in other churches. During my visit Home I was told that, suppose disestablishment should take place in Scotland, the disestablished church would probably divide into two parts, one portion of which would join the other Presbyterian Churches, while the other part would very probably unite with the Episcopalian Church of Scotland, which is probably one of the moßt sacerdotal in doctrine and ritual in form of all the churches in the Anglican communion. It was to this tendency that I referred. I do not know that there is anything of the kind in these colonies, and I made no reference to the Presbyterain Church here." GLEANINGS. The Nonconformists of Thames Ditton (England) have presented a handsome testimonial to the Rev. E. H. Rogers, the vicar, in recognition of the good feeling that has prevailed between the Establishment and the Free Churches during the thirty-seven years of the rev. gentleman's ministry, from which he has just resigned. Items from recent religious festival in Melbourne :—Rev. J. King: "An effective part of Christian Endeavor work is prayer and an assiduous collecting of funds." Rev. J. Nicholson : " Eadeavorers should give ; the usage of antiquity favored the bestowal of a tenth in God's work." Rev. Hitchcock: " They should try to make up their minds to give a penny a week to the cause, or even a psnnya day." Rev. Watsford: "There were plenty of men and women waiting to take up their cross if there were any funds to send them forth." The Chairman: "It was pitiful that God's work should be crippled for want of a little money." An exciting scene occurred on October 1 at the church of St. Mathias, Sneinton, Notts (England), on the occasion of a requiem mas 3 for the depaited. Members of the Protestant Defence Brigade, who had been prominently engaged in the propaganda work during the Church Congress in that City, went to the service aud entered a protest against it, as being contrary to the Book of Common Prayer. A request by the vicar to leave the church was disregarded, and the service was stopped by interruptions. Cardinal Moran does not see much harm in horse-racing. On his return to Sydney he was interviewed respecting the ceremonial at Melbourne at which he and other prelates of the Catholic Church assisted, and went on to remark :—" I did not go to the Cup," he said, but it was evident that he did not stay away because he did not approve of it. On the contrary, he gave it an added importance by throwing a tinge of classicism over it. "It is like one of the old celebrations of Olympian games," he said. "It has become a national feast, and these national feasts always tend to promote harmony and union among all citizens. It is a sign to a certain extent also of the great prosperity of a country, and must in some way lend itself to promote that federation of the colonies which we all so much desire. It excites, too, a good deal of friendly rivalry. Then it gives an opportunity to leading citizens from different colonies to exchange their ideas on public matters." The cardinal was struck with the very largo number of Sydney people in Melbourne at the time of his visit, and, though he agreed that many of them were there for the religious celebration, he said he could see very well that that was not the only attractiqn. He mentioned by name several prominent Sydney men he had noticed, and added that they all seemed to enjoy the religious feast, and he thought they enjoyed the Olympian feast no less. " In Ireland," he said, " in the olden times, the people had national games in the same way. And they tended in a great measure to unite the people and to inspire them with national enthusiasm and patriotism." Of quite a different kidney is the Rev. Joseph J. Doke, of Christchurch, who was horrified when he learned on Wednesday that Earl Ranfurly had given his presence to " one of the greatest curses of colonial life." And forthwith the rev. gentleman addressed to the 'Press' this vigorous protest aginst vice-regal imprudence :
Surely His Excellency has been sufficiently lone in New Zealand to know that betting and gambling are rife in our community, to the ruin of large numbers, especially of young people, that such race meetings are the means of promoting and popularising these sins, and that Christian men are righting a hard battle against them, without the opposition of the Queen's representative. Expediency, custom, the claims of position, may be urged as a plea in favor of the Governor's action, and be accepted by the majority of men, but in the nobler names of righteousness and morality I venture to protest against it, and respectfully express the hope than one whose noble "ancestors were fearless champions of righteousness," and who himself desires to tread in their footsteps," will reconsider this question, and as fearlessly dare to value what is right above what is expedient.
THE RELIGIOUS WORLD, Issue 10476, 20 November 1897, Supplement
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