22 AUGUST 1885, Page 3

Mr. Osborne Morgan, speaking at Ruabon yesterday week, dwelt on

the growing tendency to bring Disestablishment to the front, though no doubt with more immediate reference to the Welsh than to the English Church. The true cause of Welsh dissent lies, he said, "in an insuperable objection to the Anglican ritual, and a still more rooted repugnance to the interference of the State in matters of conscience,—in the ordinances which required men to render unto Caesar the things which are God's." We can apprehend clearly the first ground alleged for Welsh dissent,—the revolt of Welsh feeling against Anglican ritual,—but since compulsory Church-rates were discontinued, we do not believe in any ordinances which require men to render unto Cmsar the things that are God's, unless, indeed, Welsh consciences are disturbed at allowing national property given to the Church by the nation generations ago to remain in a Church of which they do not approve, and of which very likely their forefathers equally disapproved. But if all our "con- sciences " are to be disturbed by such a matter as that, our moral susceptibilities will become too keen for practical life.