Gorham Case

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In 1847 the Revd G. C. Gorham was presented to the vicarage of Brampford Speke. The Bp. of Exeter, H. Phillpotts, found him unsound on the doctrine of baptismal regeneration and refused to institute him. Gorham appealed to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, which, attributing to him a view which he did not hold, declared it to be not contrary to the doctrine of the C of E. The decision caused controversy and many defections to the RC Church.

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