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The Episcopal Church and the National

The New York Church Journal states that there will be no schismatical division of the Episcopal Church in consequence of the separation of the Confederacy. In the organization of that Church each State composes a Diocese, and each Diocese, like each State, is sovereign and independent. Their national organization resembles the Federal organization, and consequently, according to the Journal, not only will the effects of State secession upon the diocesan relations of the Church in the seceded States be at once recognized, but where, as in the case of the Bishopric of Alabama, the concurrence of the National Episcopate may be necessary to fill a vacancy, the promptest measures will be taken by the Northern Bishops to give the requisite sanction to the elections in Alabama, and to every other act necessary for the entire independence of all the dioceses in the seceded States. This is in perfect harmony with the noble attitude of the Episcopal Church in the North from the beginning, which has always and everywhere set its face as a flint against abolitionism, and every other ism, and which is composed of a body of clergy and laity which would have done honor to any age and any nation of the Christian Church.

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