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“Inglis" Professorship of Pastoral Theology. A motion has been introduced into the House of Assembly for abolishing the permanent grant to King's College. The friends of the College seem inclined to offer little opposition to the proposed measure, provided that it be accompanied by certain changes in the government of the institution.
It appears from a correspondence in the TORONTO Church, (Jan. 2d,) that at the very time when the Canadian Legislature is asking leave from the Imperial Parliament to alienate from religious purposes the only slender endowment of the English Church, the said Legislature is engaged in considering a petition professedly emanating from some Roman Catholic Indians on the Gatineau, respecting a grant of 160,000 acres of land. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Bytown being charged with endeavouring surreptitiously to get possession of the land in his own name, admits that he considers himself as the temporal as well as spiritual guardian of these Indians, although the Government maintains an Indian department solely for the purpose. A meeting of the Church University Board was held on Jan. 14th, at which a Provincial Council was appointed, consisting of the Bishop and Archdeacons, six members nominated by the Bishop, (on his own behalf and that of the English societies,) and six members elected by the meeting. The Medical Faculty, which is already in operation, has received a valuable present of books from Dr. Bovell. The Bishop declines to accept any remuneration for the expenses incurred during his late journey to England, and the preliminary expenses incurred in the province.
The Churchmen of New YORK and PHILADELPHIA are interesting themselves about the establishment of a Church hospital. An admirable plan is printed in the Banner of the Cross, March 8. that the apprehension of religious contention has an injurious effect in existing hospitals, by excluding, to a great extent, spiritual ministrations from the sick-chamber. The church of St. Thomas, one of the oldest in New York, was destroyed by fire on Sunday, March 2d. The death of Dr. Ogilby, which took place at Paris on February 2d, has been the subject of a very general expression of sorrow throughout the Church. The students of the general Theological Seminary, in which he was Professor of Ecclesiastical History, have passed resolutions expressive of their respectful condolence with his bereaved family. The Bishop of Pennsylvania has issued a valuable Pastoral Letter (dated January 14) on systematizing the charitable contributions of Churchmen,-a subject of growing importance in our own Church as well as in America.
SYDNEY.---Conference of the Bishops.--Full details of this important proceeding have not yet been received." The Sydney Morning Herald, Oct. 18, contains a congratulatory address, presented to the six Bishops by the Churchmen of Sydney, on Oct. 17. In the course of his reply, the Bishop of Sydney said:
“ Brethren and Friends, dearly heloved in the Lord,— It devolves upon me, not unsuitably, as the most advanced in years, to act on this occasion as the representative of my right reverend brethren the Bishops of this Province, and in their name to acknowledge how deeply and sensibly we are affected by the terms of confidence and respect in which you have addressed us, on this the first occasion of our assembling together for mutual conference, and the benefit of united counsel on the affairs of the Church. If I may at all venture upon a separate reference to my own position, it shall be confined to a very brief acknowledgment of your kindness in having offered me, specially and personally, your congratulations on my happiness (for a happiness it really is) in beholding myself this day surrounded by such a band of brothers. When we reflect that only yesterday, as it seems, I was standing here a solitary Bishop, having charge in my own feeble person of that vast portion of the earth's surface, which is now included in so many separate Dioceses, it must strike us all as a manifest token of God's continued favour to the Church, that an arrangement so desirable and important, yet at the same time involving so many difficulties, should have been so quickly and, as far as it has yet gone, so successfully carried into effect. Next to the hope of serving my great Master in this, I have my reward in believing that the arrangement has contributed to the good of the Church, and in being assured that it has your approval.
“On behalf of my brethren, myself also concurring in the sentiment, I am requested to express our persuasion that no state of things can be, under God's blessing, so favourable to the growth of a spirit of religion among us, as that there should exist a good understanding within the Church, and a disposition of earnest co-operation among all the separate classes of whom it is composed--the bishops, the clergy, and the people. It is right, it is even necessary, for the perfect working out of the intention of its Divine Founder, that each and all of these should have their proper station, and their proper duties assigned to them; and that those duties should be well understood and well discharged-every one seeking the help of God's grace to enable him to do religiously and thankfully his own share of the appointed work,
“ It is in the hope of being enabled more fully to discharge their part of the common obligation that my Right Reverend brethren have at my summons now attended here. May we trust that the readiness with which the call of duty has been complied with, will be accepted in proof of their disposition to strive together with me for your furtherance and joy of faith. You will do us the justice to believe that this is the true and only object of our united endeavours. We entreat you to bear in mind the impediments wbich must attend the transplantation of an ancient system to a new soil ; and to admit that in an atmosphere of so changed a character, some time must be allowed, and care, and judgment, and prudence, and patience, must be exercised before that system can become firmly rooted, and develop itself in its full growth and native vigour. My brethren and myself are under the strongest anxiety that if in our proceedings we fail to come up at once to the height of your expectations, you should charitably attribute it to impediments which cannot be forthwith surmounted or removed. Receive us, then, we say, and with the Apostle we trust we may go on to add, 'We have wronged no man-but ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.' Brethren, we beseech you, continue to pray for us, continue to support us by the expression of your Christian feeling on our behalf; and let us all unite in imploring that grace, mercy, and peace may
be whole Church, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
JUBILEE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL.-It is already known to many of our readers that the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel has determined upon a public commemoration of its third completed Jubilee. On Trinity Sunday (June 15), the Society will have accomplished 150 years of Missionary labour; and on the following day, June 16, (the anniversary of the signing of its charter,) it is proposed, (p.v.) to have the full service of the Church at Westminster Abbey, on which occasion the Bishop of London will preach. Tuesday, the 17th, will be devoted to a public meeting of the members and friends of the Society; and on Wednesday, 18th, the anniversary sermon will be preached at St. Paul's Cathedral by the Bishop of St. Asaph. On the following Sunday, June 22d, sermons, appropriate to the occasion, will be preached in many of the principal London churches ; but in consequence of the recent collections under the Queen's Letter, it is thought better to defer the Jubilee sermons generally to a later period-perhaps to the season of Advent, or even to Epiphany, 1852—as the Jubilee is to extend throughout an entire year, that is, from June 1851 to June 1852. We heartily wish the Society success, and trust that the Jubilee may be not merely a commemoration of past labours, but the evidence of a determination on the part of the Church to act more fully up to her commission and obligation than in times past.
SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL.—The monthly meeting of the Society took place on March 21, the Archbishop of Canterbury in the chair; the Bishop of Salisbury, Lord Lyttelton, Sir R. H. Inglis, Archdeacons Jones and Bridge, and a considerable number of clergy and laity were present. The Report of the Finance Committee, containing the estimate for the ensuing year, was read. Several pressing applications, from various dioceses, were reluctantly postponed. The following grants were made :-500l. per annum, for three years, to be placed at the disposal of the Bishop of SYDNEY; 2001. for three years, to Christ's College, TASMANIA ; 2001. for three years, in aid of Missions in the island of TRINIDAD, the sum of 1001. was granted to the Rev.J.C. Cochrane, of Lunenburg, Nova SCOTIA, whose father and himself have been in connexion with the Society for nearly seventy years. The decease of another old Missionary was announced, the Rev. J. Chapman, late of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. The annual sum of 440l. from the interest of the North American Bishops' Fund, was appropriated to the Bishop of Nova Scotia during his incumbency. A careful and elaborate petition to Parliament, in defence of the Clergy Reserves, was read and adopted. W. W. Bird, Esq. was added to the Finance Committee; and the Rev. R. Harvey (of Hornsey), and G. K. Rickards, Esq. to the Standing Committee. The Hon. and Rev. A. P. Perceval gave notice of two motions, one with reference to including Ireland in the sphere of the Society's operations, and the other for an addition to the bye-laws of the Society, with respect to business brought before the Board. Several new members were incorporated.
CONSECRATION OF THE BISHOP OF Nova Scotia.-On Tuesday last, March 25th, being the Festival of the Annunciation, the Rev. Hibbert Binney, D.D., Fellow and Tutor of Worcester College, Oxford, was consecrated Bishop of Nova Scotia, in the chapel of Lambeth Palace, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Bishops of London, Chichester, and Oxford. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Goulburn, head master of Rugby. Among those present, were the Rev. Dr. Jelf, Dr. Major, Dr. Binney of Newbury, Dr. Hessey, the Rev. Ernest Hawkins, and the Rev. Whitaker Churton.
We have reason to believe, that before very long a Bishop will be appointed for the oversight of the Missions at Sierra Leone and the West Coast of Africa.
Our readers will have been fully aware, from the pages of this Journal, of the meeting of the Bishops presiding over the six Australasian Dioceses, which was appointed to be held at Sydney in October of last year. The complete results of that important meeting are not yet made known to us; of one only result are we yet fully aware, and that is the formation, under most favourable auspices, of our Australasian Board of Missions, for the propagation of the Gospel among the heathen races in Australia, and in the islands bordering upon that Islandcontinent.
We have all looked forward to that meeting of the spiritual rulers of the Australian Church, as an occasion of the greatest interest. It is the first instance of any body of the Colonial Episcopate assembling together in a quasi-synod, for the purpose of conference, of comparing their separate needs, and of adopting some organized mode of procedure for the spiritual benefit of their respective dioceses. Important, on every account, it must be felt to be; but more especially on account of the weight attached to it by the present noble Secretary for the Colonies. It will be in the recollection of our readers that, in June of last year, in reply to a very able and conclusive statement of the Bishop of Oxford on the grievances to which the Colonial Churches were subjected through their anomalous connexion with the National Church, Earl Grey not only acknowledged that it was a fit subject for inquiry, but undertook to institute an inquiry, with a view of remedying whatever might appear deficient or prejudicial to the spiritual action of the Church. It appears now, from his Lordship’s statement on
the same subject, and in reply to the same questioner, on the 25th of March last, that he had actually, during the recess, proceeded so far as to prepare a despatch to the Governor of New South Wales, directing him to appoint a commission for the purpose of inquiring into the grievances complained of,the Prelates of the Church in those Colonies being members of the Commission. This was as it ought to be, and had it been carried into effect, would have deserved our acknowledgments. But, unfortunately, his Lordship heard- not officially, but by rumour,—that the Prelates proposed to hold the friendly and fraternal conference above-mentioned, in October; and he found, or thought he found in that, an adequate reason for postponing, at least for the present, his inquiry altogether. The adequacy of this reason, or the justness of this conclusion, we are wholly unable to perceive. Indeed, it seems to us so much like a pretext to get rid anyhow, and for any time, of a question which he could not in common justice evade, and yet was afraid to meet, that not even the assent of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Minister's views or wishes, can satisfy our minds of his Lordship’s sincerity in the matter.
But the discussion of March last has brought out one or two most important points of consideration. First, the fact of an anomaly and a grievance existing in the status of the Colonial Churches is recognised and confessed. Their spiritual energy is fettered. The Bishops themselves are forced into an unnatural and injurious despotism. The Churches have neither the support and other appliances of being established, nor the freedom of being not-established. From the absence of all Ecclesiastical courts there is no redress for cases of personal grievance, or even injustice; and from the doubtful, but still threatening, application of certain Ecclesiastical statutes, all other means of providing for the redress of such cases, by voluntary but binding resolutions, are forbid. We need say no more, then, on the fact of an evil to be remedied.
We should have placed more reliance on the sincere desire of the Colonial Secretary to set himself to apply a remedy, and on his assurance that he was delayed only by the meeting of the Colonial Prelates, if his Lordship had not advanced and dwelt largely upon another point, which would seem to be a ground for his not inquiring or interfering at all at present. And this is the second point that demands anxious attention.
His Lordship stated that the question, whether certain statutes did or did not apply to the Colonial Churches,whether, that is, members of those Churches had a means of redressing grievances, without fear from Ecclesiastical law, which effectually keeps the Church at home from any such