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Anglican Chaplains and Chaplaincies - Encyclical Letter 4.1-5
Your Committee have to report that they have agreed the following recommendations:
- That it is highly desirable that Anglican congregations, on the continent of Europe and elsewhere, should be distinctly urged not to admit the stated ministrations of any clergyman without the written licence or permission of the bishop of the Anglican Communion who is duly authorised to grant it; and that the occasional assistance of strangers should not be invited or permitted without some satisfactory evidence of their ordination and character as clergymen.
- That it is desirable, as a general rule, that two chapels shall not be established where one is sufficient for the members of both Churches, American and English; also that where there is only one church or chapel the members of both Churches should be represented on the committee, if any.
- That it be suggested to the societies which partly support continental chaplaincies that, in places where English and American churchmen reside or visit, and especially where Americans out-number the English, it may be desirable to appoint a properly accredited clergyman of the American Church.
- That your Committee, having carefully considered a Memorial addressed to the archbishops and bishops of the Church of England by four priests and certain other members of "the Spanish and Portuguese Reformed Episcopal Church," praying for the consecration of a bishop, cannot but express their hearty sympathy with the memorialists in the difficulties of their position; and, having heard a statement on the subject of the proposed extension of the episcopate to Mexico by the American Church, they venture to suggest that, when a bishop shall have been consecrated by the American Church for Mexico, he might be induced to visit Spain and Portugal, and render such assistance, at this stage of the movement, as may seem to him practicable and advisable.
[NOTE: The Lambeth Conference of 1878 did not adopt any formal Resolutions as such. The mind of the Conference was recorded by incorporating the Reports of its five Committees, received by the plenary Conference with almost complete unanimity, into an Encyclical Letter which was duly published. Recommendations embodied in the Committee Reports were evidently accorded equivalent status to formal Resolutions, and they are reproduced here as they appeared in the course of the Encyclical Letter, under appropriate reference.]