Colenso, noun

Origin:
Surname of J.W. Colenso, Bishop of Natal 1853–64.
historical
Used attributively, alluding to the ecclesiastical controversy and schism following upon Colenso’s deposition as Bishop in 1864.
1865 A Lady Life at Natal (1972) 115The ‘Colenso difficulty,’ as it is called, gets more and more complicated..and great is the consternation among the Orthodox.
1955 B.B. Burnett Anglicans in Natal 67When the Colonies received a measure of self-government the relationship between Church and State needed defining afresh. In this the Church of the Province led the way, and the painful road by which it arrived at its goal was the Colenso controversy.
1963 P. Hinchliff Anglican Church 1Within a short time of Baines’s consecration all but one of the Colenso churches had come into the Province...The last remaining ‘Colenso Church’ became a part of the province under the special terms a few years ago and the Colenso schism is at an end.
1965 Brookes & Webb Hist. of Natal (1979) 110The intricate constitutional and legal issues arising out of the Colenso controversy really made the Anglican Communion what it is today — a group of independent national Churches, in no way subject to the Church of England.
1965 Brookes & Webb Hist. of Natal (1979) 110Nearly all the ‘Colenso’ congregations gradually came into the Church of the Province.
1982 J. & A. Verbeek Victorian & Edwardian Natal 1These years (sc. the 1860s)..saw the beginnings of the Colenso controversy which was to affect the Church of England throughout South Africa and to cause much bitterness in Natal.
Used attributively, alluding to the ecclesiastical controversy and schism following upon Colenso’s deposition as Bishop in 1864.
Derivatives:
Hence Colensoite noun, a supporter of Bishop Colenso’s cause.
1965 Brookes & Webb Hist. of Natal (1979) 110When..the Bishop of the Orange Free State..offered to hold a Confirmation Service in the Cathedral, he found the Church being washed by the Colensoites and the nave deep in water.

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