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The Crisis Of Ecclesiastical Privilege In Spain And Spanish America: The Question Of Insurgent Clergy, 1780–1820

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This chapter tracks the changes which precipitated a fundamental breach between the colonial Church of England and the imperial state through the lens of the career of William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898). What Gladstone and other high churchmen aspired to create were colonial provinces of the Church which were self-governing and autonomous, but which continued to maintain spiritual links with the Church of England at home. To achieve this, their chosen instruments were the provincial and diocesan synods. Why did imperial attempts to create these useful organisations fail? The chapter seeks to answer this question in the light of three major issues for the colonial Church of England, namely the secularisation of the Canadian Clergy Reserves, the failure of colonial church bills— including Gladstone's—in the 1850s, and the Colenso affair of 1863.

Keywords:Canadian Clergy Reserves; Colonial Church; colonial church bills; England; imperial state; William Ewart Gladstone



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