The primitive and Catholic faith; in relation to the Church of England

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 Excerpt: ...of August 4th, 1874, contains a letter from the Rev. Arthur Tooth, Vicar of St. James', Hatcham, in which the writer says:--"There are points of ritual which, we are prepared to sacrifice anything for; I mean the eastward position at the altar, the use of lights and vestments, for they involve the doctrine of the Holy Eucharist, and we would as soon give up one as deny the other." Seeing that the points named by Mr. Tooth have been already pronounced illegal by due authority, and no rational person can for a moment doubt that the new Court formed by the Public Worship Regulation Bill, armed with power to enforce submission to its decisions, will hesitate to confirm the previous judgments, it will be interesting to observe what the Sacrifice which Mr. Tooth and his co-Ritualists are prepared to make on behalf of their principles. Can it mean " anything but" their livings and their status in a Protestant Church, whose authorities they ignore and whose principles they betray? Moreover, as Dr. Pusey, the leader of this school of religious thought in our Church, is reported to have said in a speech at St. James' Hall that "the standing before the altar (i.e., the eastward position) means the primitive doctrine of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, and the bowing after the Sarum use at the consecration means Eucharistic adoration," we see clearly that the claim of the progressive party in the present day is to make "the eastward position," like the " vestments" question, symbolical of distinctive doctrines. They are demanded as necessary to make the Ritualistic or sacerdotal clergy the more readily to enforce, by symbolic actions, doctrines which are not the doctrines of the Reformed Church of England, and were totally un...

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