Long-lost authority; LETTERS.
Long-lost authority IT is surely a bit late in the day for Rob
Davies to lament the loss of authority of the "Established
Church" in his column on January 4. It may have escaped his notice
but the Anglican church in Wales hasn't been the Established Church
since 1920 which seems rather a long way to hope to turn back the clock
- especially since even before that it was the church of a minority of
Welshmen and was bitterly (even violently) resented for using its
Authority to insist on tithe payments.
Of course the conservative voices of those days were telling all
those Nonconformist Liberals (that noisy anti-tithe agitator chappie David Lloyd George, for instance) to respect Authority, shut up and pay
No doubt Mr Davies would agree that the tithing system was unjust,
but it would be fascinating to learn in what areas he thinks
today's church (either Of England or In Wales) should have
authority - and, indeed, why? Name and address supplied.