21 SEPTEMBER 1912, Page 3

It was clear to him that the Church of England

could not long continue to be regarded as a National Church unless some closer bonds of union were established between the episcopal and non-episcopal Christian communities in the land. He defended the establishment of the Episcopal Church in Wales because Wales was not a separate nation with a separate national legislature, but a part of the English nation, and its Episcopal Church a very ancient and most well-beloved part of the Church of England. A truly National Church, he urged, must be comprehensive and it must be charitable. The true parish priest must make no distinction between Con- formists and Nonconformists. His ministrations of sympathy and sacrament will be at the service of all. If we refrain from comment it is because we find ourselves wholly in agreement with this admirable address, in which compre- hension is shown to be the true basis of Church defence.