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Remembrance: The Rev'd James De Koven

Discussion in 'Scripture,Tradition,Reason-Anglican & Old Catholic' started by seeking.IAM, Mar 22, 2022.

  1. seeking.IAM

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    Today The Episcopal Church remembers Father James De Koven, who stood up for his convictions at great personal cost, twice having been denied his election as Bishop.

    "In the General Conventions of 1871 and 1874, de Koven became the chief spokesman for the "ritualists," defending the use of candles, incense, bowing and kneeling, and the like. He reminded his hearers of the numerous assertions by prominent Anglican theologians from the Reformation on down who had taught, and the ecclesiastical courts which when the question came up had ruled, that it is Anglican belief, shared not only with Romans but with Lutherans and East Orthodox, that the presence of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Sacrament is a real and objective presence. However, he was eloquent and firm in saying: "The gestures and practices by which we recognize the presence of Christ do not matter. Only Christ matters."

    In 1874 he was elected Bishop of Wisconsin, and in 1875 Bishop of Illinois, but because he was "controversial" he failed both times to have his election ratified by a majority of Bishops and a majority of Standing Committees of Dioceses, as required by canon law."

    James De Koven, Priest
     
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