Page 2, 26th December 1947

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Page 2, 26th December 1947 — THE ANGLICAN ILLUSION

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SIR,—The Rev. A. Gille is ear too sweeping in declaring that

shopping logic never converted a

single soul. Before I took the fun! deeisiou I divided the page of a

notebook into two halves, and wrote the best case I could for both the Anglican and the Roman Catholic standpoints. When I had them side by side, the Rumen Catholic argument was so over whelmingly the stronger that I made up my mind in that hour to join the Catholic Church.

At about the same time my future husband, then quite unknown to me, was making up his mind by just the same method. I ezonot believe that our history is in the least out of the common. Many thousands of converts, of the type who trust reason rather than emotion, must have followed along much the same path. It is all very well for Anglicans not to bother their heads nowadays about Henry VIII and Elizabeth. Henry peculiar form of

heresy and schism practically died

with him, so perhaps there is some justification for thus airily dismissing him, but Elizabeth is a very different matter. It was in the first years of her reign that the old Catholic forms for the Ordination of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, restored by Mary, were dropped, and new forms substituted, so studiously vague that they would have served just as well for the Confirmation of a child. The object plainly was to make a complete breach with the old religion, in which the Sacrifice of the Mass was the chief function of Priests.

In 1662, in the reaction against Puritanism which came with the Restoration, the Ordination forms were again altered, being made far more definite. But, even granting for the sake of argument that the wording of these last (and present) forms was capable of being taken in a Catholic sense, what is the good of that, when there still remains that fatal gap of a hundred years ?


26, Temple Fortune Lane, N.W.11.

SIR,—May I cite my own case to disprove the Rev. A. Gillc's statement that no convert was ever made by chopping logic 7 The good work was done for me by Arnold Lunn's book Now I See, in which the appeal is to the intellect alone. His arguments made mincemeat of all my objections, and left my heart free to respond to grace.


Sue-When Edward VI died in 1553 there were three hierarchies claiming jurisdiction in England: (a) tho Catholic consisting of the Pope, W. Peto of Salisbury and R. Pate of Worcester (at the Council of Trent); (b) the Henrician schismatic bishops (mostly in Prison) under the King and (c) the Edwardian bishops (mostly invalid) also under the King. Queen Mary at once deprived the third and restored the second. During the two following years most of these Henrician bishops were by papal authority individually reconciled and absolved from their schism and then appointed to sees; three of them Bonner, Gardiner and Tunstall had been canonically appointed before the schism into which they fell. Heath had to be moved to York from Pate's see of Worcester into which he had been intruded. This restored hierarchy was connected with the old Catholic by the Pope and Bishop Pate; the Elizabethan " hierarchy " was connected with the Henrician by its head the Crown. In the later years of Henry VIII there were scarcely any Catholics in England; practically the whole nation was in schism.

L. Fox.

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