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Hobart herald. (Geneva, N.Y.) 1879-1942, March 01, 1893, Image 17

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THI 5 MASSACHUSETTS EPISCOPATE. They must either confess their belief in the Episcopacy, or their treason to the church. They chose Dr. Brooks to the Episcopacy, either because they thought he would adorn i t with his learning, and beautify it with his piety and so commend it to a wider acceptance, or else that he might more advan­ tageously, treacherously betray the triut given into his keeping. N >w I am just charitable enough to take the first liorn of the dilemma ; to believe that the Broad Churchmen were inconsistent in their Broad Cluirehmanship rather than false to their manhood. Aud they elected Dr Brooks Bishop of Massa­ chusetts not because they thought the Episcopate good for nothing, but because they thought It good for something, and wanted to put the best man they had into it that he might work it for all that it is worth. This event then, it seems to me, settles in the church the question ol' Episcopacy. The Broad Churchman and the High Churchman agree as to its value. It matters not whether we say it is necessary for the being or well being of the Church. For well being aud not mere being is the end and aim of all things. I f the Episcopacy is necessary to the wellbeing of the church it will prevail by the operation of the law of natural selection. Moreover the election of such men as I)r. Grafton and I)r. Brook'- lias killed party spirit in the church. These elections have done for the church what the first election of Mr. Cleveland did for the country. Before that event a large number of persons feared that the election of a democratic pres­ ident threatened the prosperity” if not the existence of the nation. Every four years we were 011 tlie verge o f revolution and corrupt politicians trailed upon the fears of the people. The election of Mr. Cleveland laid that ghost forever. It was proved that the country was as safe and prosperous in dem­ ocratic as in republican hands. Which ever party succeeded there w a s nothing to fear and in this state o f affairs, every” patriot could rejoice. So in the church it has been feared that the election of a Catholic or a Broad Churchman was a peril to the church. It was this fear that defeated and killed DeKoven, and sent into the Episcopate men without strong con­ victions or great ability, whose only recommendation was that they were safe. The election of I )rs. Grafton aud Brooks has put an end to all this The Catholic and the Broad Churchman are Bishops and no evil re-tilts lol low. The church goes 011 in her life and work. Her children are baptised and confirmed. Her faithful are fed at her altars. Her saints die and are buried, and it is s«jen that the church is greater than any Bishop. He must

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