Support For Bishop Mathew From The Utrecht Union





 

Quoted from the English newspaper, "The Guardian", dated June 3rd, 1908

 

"Sir: We, the Archbishop and Bishops of the Old Catholic Church of Holland, and the Old Catholic Bishops of Germany and Switzerland, having heard with much concern of certain events connected with our English branch of the Old Catholic Church, wish to say that we have been in correspondence with a suspended Roman Catholic priest in England since 1902.

 

This priest visited the Bishops of Bonn, Berne, Haarlem, Deventer, and the Archbishop of Utrecht, and we believed him to be in perfect accord with us. He accompanied Bishop Mathew on his visit to the Archbishop of Utrecht. On April 7th in the present year he, with others, signed the petition to the Bishops begging us to consecrate the Right Rev. A.H. Mathew.

 

All of the documents were sent by this priest to Bishop Herzog, accompanied by numerous letters urging upon us the immediate need of a Bishop, not only for the requirements of his own congregation, but for those of other clergy and congregations specified by him. We had no reason to suppose that we were mistaken in complying with his request. We wish now to state that our confidence in Bishop Mathew remains unshaken, after carefully perusing a large number of the documents bearing upon this matter, and we earnestly hope that his ministrations will be abundantly blessed by Almighty God, and that he will receive the cordial support of the British people and Church in the trying circumstances in which he has been placed.

 

In the name of the Old Catholic Bishops of Holland, Germany, Switzerland,

 

The Secretary,

J.J. Van Thiel, Bishop of Haarlem"

 



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