Fr John Salter was at St Magnus last week to launch his biography of the church’s famous rector.
Henry Fynes-Clinton was rector from 1921 to 1959. It was a successful church which pioneered lunchtime services.
But his most important work was probably outside the parish and often outside the country where he promoted Christian unity. Fr Salter suggests that Fr Fynes-Clinton paved the way for today’s Anglican-Roman Catholic relations.
The book is a wonderful history of the rival views of unity as well as having plenty of good stories. Much of the book is the result of new research.
It is good to see Fr Spencer Jones recognised as a pivotal figure in the unity story.
The Anglican Papalist: A personal of Henry Joy Fynes-Clinton by A T John Salter (£20) is available from the Anglo-Catholic History Society.