Letter: The ancient catholic church of this land

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Sir: It is not Andreas Whittam Smith but Francis White (Letters, 30 May) who is wrong if he thinks the Church of England is not as old as St Bartholomew's Hospital.

The Church of England took its present form at the Synod of Whitby in 664 and has had a continuous existence since then.

As the Revised Catechism says, "The Church of England is the ancient church of this land, Catholic and Reformed. It proclaims and holds fast the doctrine and ministry of the one holy catholic and apostolic church".

Canon J G GRIMWADE

Cirencester,

Gloucestershire

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