Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States.
The following is a brief synopsis of the proceedings on Tuesday last (sixth day) of the Convention
of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Confederate States
, now in session at Columbia, S. C.
presented a petition from the Alabama
delegates, requesting the Convention
to take some order for the consecration of Bishops prior to the adoption by the Dioceses of the proposed Constitution.
Received and referred to a committee consisting of three senior Bishops.
Rev. Mr. Pinckney
, of South Carolina
, offered a resolution fixing the time of adjournment on Friday, the 25th inst. Carried.
The consideration of the Constitution
was then resumed.
The two last clauses of the 4th article were taken up.
stated that they were taken from the old Constitution with the alteration of a single word.
The question on their adoption was decided affirmatively.
moved to take up the fifth clause of the same article, which, on yesterday, was laid on the table.
The substance of it was that the Bishops of a Province shall together have but one vote, to be cast by the senior Bishop
of the Province.
moved to strike out this clause.--Motion carried.
moved to take up the sixth clause, and stated that under this clause comes up the whole question of Church Extension.
, of Virginia
, thought there were evils connected with Dioceses too large or too small.
Thought the best plan to restore the provision of the Constitution
, allowing an existing Diocese to divide on certain established conditions.
Rev. Mr. Pierce
, of Alabama
, proposed to strike out "Diocese" it would read, "each State shall be entitled to an equal representation," &c.
thought this would be giving up the principle of equal Diocesan representation.
agreed in the main.
But suppose a Bishop lays a good foundation, unless he have clergymen to build thereupon his work will be vain.
The difficulty was the want of more ministers of all orders.
It reached further back.
In the home, among the parents, who should direct the minds of their sons and encourage them to look forward to the work of the ministry.
thought the extension of the Church
was the great object to be considered.
A moderate increase of Bishops and of Dioceses would be profitable, but the great need was to reach the heart of the Church
desired that State boundaries be well defined.
Ecclesiastical limits should be coterminous with them, and great freedom within those limits.
If we cannot carry out the provincial system, at least let us retain the name State, and allow the privilege to any State that can.
said that State in this clause means province — nothing more nor less.
This would be settling everything at issue.
had been convinced that the provincial feature could not be carried. --Thought the best thing they could hope to accomplish would be to give to each State the control of the matter within its own limits.
On taking the vote the amendment was lost.
The whole clause then came up for consideration.
moved to lay it on the table, which was lost.
There was considerable discussion upon it.
was struck with the fact that members were so near together.
All seemed to think the provincial system must be adopted soon, and a Constitution should be prospective.
Upon a call for a vote by orders, the clause was adopted.
moved to strike out the word "five," and insert "three, " so as to give each Diocese three clerical and three lay deputies in council.
Also the word "province" was stricken out wherever it occurrred, and "Diocese" substituted.
Upon a vote being taken, a blank was filled by appointing Augusta, Ga.
, as the place for the meeting of the council, and the whole fourth article adopted.
The chairman appointed a committee on the expenses of the Convention
, consisting of Messrs. Fairbanks
Article 3 was then taken up and amended by striking out the words "Confederate" and "shall," and the last clause, so as to make it read:
There shall be in this Church a council, in which all the Dioceses in the Confederate States
shall be represented.
be also provincial and diocesan councils."
The article was then adopted, and the Convention
took a recess until 7 o'clock.