THE REALISTIC POSITION OF THE CHURCH Taken from C.H. Douglas’ “The Realistic Position of the Church of England” (1947) “Quod Ecclesia Anglicam libera sit, et habeat sua jura integra”

“Before the Church of England can become what it should be, an integral, primary, and effective part of the Constitution, so that the phrase "Christianity is part of the Law of England" may have real meaning, it is faced with the problem of restoring its locus standi*.
 
It must be insisted that Christianity is either something inherent in the very warp and woof of the Universe, or it is just a set of interesting opinions, largely discredited, and thus doubtfully on a par with many other sets of opinions, and having neither more nor less claim to consideration.
 
The Roman Catholic Church has always recognised this, and has never wavered in its claims. It may be (and here I write with diffidence and proper humility) that the most direct path to an effective Church, is at least, close rapprochement, and at the most re-union of all the Churches making claims to Catholicity.
 
But on the matter of the appointment of its high officials, Archbishops, Bishops, and Deans, I do not feel so diffident, because that is a principle of organisation, in respect of general experience in which I have at least average experience. Whether disestablishment is consequential or not, it appears to be beyond question that Church officers should be free from outside patronage,….”
 
* locus standi:  a right to appear in a court or before any body on a given question :  a right to be heard
-- http://alor.org/Library/Douglas%20CH%20-%20Realistic%20Position%20of%20the%20Church%20of%20England.htm

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