Papers of the Russo-Greek Committee
IN the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, holden in New-York, October, 1862, and on the fifteenth day of the session, the Rev. Dr. Thrall, one of the Clerical Deputies from California, called attention to the fact,
That there were now, in San Francisco, between three and four hundred communicants of the Russo-Greek Church, some of whom had been under his pastoral charge, although not feeling free to receive the communion at his hands, owing to the unsettled relations between their Church and ours. They were about to build a Church of their own, and become organized into a parish; and before long there might be appointed a Bishop of the Russo-Greek Church, who would claim jurisdiction, and thus bring about a conflict with the Bishop of California. This ought to force upon us the consideration of that great questionone of the greatest of questionsthe establishment of full ecclesiastical relations with the Russo-Greek Church. He was not prepared to pass an opinion on the subject, and did not suppose that, at this late moment in the session, the House would go into the discussion. He only asked for the appointment of a committee of inquiry and correspondence on the subject, the main object of which would be to present the claims of our own Church as a true part of the Church Catholic, and thus as duly qualified to guide and feed those who might come from the Russian dominions to reside temporarily or permanently among us. Such a movement might at last enable the Anglican and the Greek Churches to present an undivided front to Rome and the infidel.
Mr. Ruggles said that this was the most important question that had been before us. The Anglican and the Russian Churches had been approaching one another gradually for centuries, and at one time the formal union had almost been consummated.
A motion to table the whole subject was made, and lost.