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Nonconformist (Newspaper) - February 16, 1876, London, Middlesex AT ant GTOXRAL POST OFWGK is A THE OI83IDENCE OF DISSENT AND THE OF THE PROTESTANT LONDON t The Westminster Hotel Conference Ended or 146 Ecclesiastical Notes i of CaSholio Church Bodies at Gibraltar 148 The Disestabliabment Movement 147 The Burials 147 Ecclesiastical Measures in Parliament 147 Increase of the pateBffl 148 Church and State on the Continent 148 BKLIOIOUS DBHOMI KATIOVAL Naws dety 140 even Disendow ment ISO ft 161 r The State Church m the Rural 151 Meeting in Exeter Hall 159 154 BpUofete of 155 LBADMO ABTIOLBB Summary 157 Debate Jn the Buei Canal 157 TtoCott of Elementary Education Bills 158 Sketches from 150 100 LltKBATTTltB f Lord Shelburne Murphy on tha Mii Cfwenwdl Poem 181 More about Congo and Gorilla 181 Brief 162 Gleanings 168 the hopeful and contweutspint tnat per vaded yesterdays ofthose present have fcrown in the conflict for entire religious But the whole tone of the proceedings sliows were neither daunted by fart of their foWbeing in j A nor distruatfulot the reaolution and heartiness conference was the many of the speeches that clergy have beWour most only Liberals and Non public in have shocked at the recent revela THB WE9TMIN8TEE HOTEL THE meeting held yejrterday Westminster Palace was the revival of an excellent custom whiobj Only from very special has for awhile been put in It seems only fitting that at the commencement of a new session of those who fight the battle of religious equality both in and out of should come compare and encourage each Just now such a gathering of represen tative men is adapted to exercise a distinct moral influence upon the Liberal party of the The supporters of that principle are the only section of the opponents of a Conserva tive policy which can be said to or at least to a definite creed could actually convene such a conference with any certainty of Their banner is un furled when no other flag is They know exactly what they which cannot be said of all who call themselves And though this meeting was held to discuss ques tions likely to come before Parliament this which disestablishment does not actually figure one and all lead to the same and are teaching the It is hardly rash to predict that the most exciting debates of the session will arise upon ecclesiastical and that in the divisions that may take place upon the Liberal party will be the most united and put forth its greatest We may well pause upon that If the principle of religious in its concrete form at is that which is likely to weld together the several members of the Liberal and to unite in one common phalanx cautious leaders and zealous not this an omen as the ranks advance to the thick of the battle that flag cannot and ought not to hauled but will still be held aloft till it waves over a successful cause P It must be obvious that as the current of political events moves and the teachings of the Liberation Society more and more permeate the public religious to put it in the more positive disestablishment become one of those practical questions upon which the Liberal statesmen of the day will have to take a distinct There was abundant for intolerance in the bosom of BO entirely alien to the spirit concessions on the Burial the lYmea are no one party or one sect but of removing tressing are clergy of the Church of of their is they who have elevated rank of one of those which can only be settled How entirely un promising attitude they take up was vividly ill humorous address of the the paper read by and the telling speech of The carefullyworded e secret of the pervaded the inso the recess the e Not but the surprised and of a purblind Establishment Those as a question of victory tociaUife a dis hy the The other questions which occupied the atten tion of Conference the abolition of clerical fellowships and headships in the Uni and the importance of preventingany infringement for sectarian purposes of the prin ciples the Endowed Schools Act and the Elementary Education Act The first of which opened up by a paper read by may possibly be aside for the present in consequence of apr But we would fain hope that proposal will npt ibe agreed to subject been ventih lated in and till or some other member baa shown the urgent need of rescuing misapplied college endowments from clerical and devoting them to objects in harmony with the truo of It ig wrender of their listheuncom pieeh pleased to indications week the i f educational which Qandpn is to roll aborne on the which Measure not based ohuroh Ithe benefit of the to such burial convictions ex I prestige in the cordially adopted by the asserted the futility of upon the principle that yards belong anfl who are rites as in harmony and with presses the views not but of all liberalminded This is the principle resolution which for reasons by has substituted for his Bill of last That it will give rise to one of the most interesting debates of session may be taken for Cdnsejvativeu who prefer justice to and the removal of a crying scandal to a barren victory for Disraeli in the will be greatly hampered by the in adequate and offensive which Talbot propoies for Morgans simple and will hardly be induced to make it a party vote unless the Government should be obliged to promise a measure on their own The stock objections to the proposal of the member for Denbighshire have become absolutely One of the least but was very completely demolished by Johu That as knowing something of the sentiments of many persons whose views on religious subjects are by no means of the orthodox repudiated with indignant emphasis the idea that they would ever dream of desecrating the open grave by proceedings which would shook English or would try to imitate French customs in our His disclaimer was and con and should at once banish idle bug bears which are engendered by interested par tisanship or by weak We have no doubt that yesterdays meeting will strengthen the hands of Osborne Morgan in his early appeal to the justice of will f be a filing Church schools in rural without the of there is reason to hope that the Opposition will show a united front and that thote who sit on the front bench to the left of the well as those who sit on either side Of the gang wiU be to resist Tory as well as to expose per sistent efforts which being by and Education Department to machinery under their control for the aggrandisement of blished What was said at the West minster Palace Hotel yesterday will find echo in the ranks of the Liberal party through out the country and we doubt not it will also be laid to heart by their who must well know that they can never recover strength and prestige in the Houto of Commons without the cordial cooperation of adherents of religious v V ENDED OB MENDED 1 f THE above is the strikingly suggestive title of a recently written by the Henry who describes himself as Some inthe University and lato Curate of 8 took It is not our present purpose to review the contents of its fiftytwo though we may refer in the course of the following observations to one or more of the positions taken up by the The brochure is very ably It sets forth views on the question of disestablishment and disendowment as it seems to eminently befifc the Evangelical party of the Established It is a terae perhaps in profession but in the arguments put before the public in support of the Church Establishment by the Church Defence Association and by the Canon If we might be permitted to characterise the line of expostulation and argumentation which its author has we should say it is that which would be taken by the instincts of the Irish disestablished Church in regard to the Established Church of The question which it discusses is that of thorough reform in the as looked at side by side with We see nothing peculiarly novel in the case as put by the except in two
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