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Nature volume 119, page 331 (26 February 1927) | Download Citation



A FIXED EASTER.—Mr. J. J. Withers, University of Cambridge, has introduced a bill in the House of Commons proposing to fix Easter as the Sunday following the second Saturday in April, and thus reduce its possible range from five weeks to one week. The matter has been before a special committee of the League of Nations for the last year or two, on which there were representatives of the principal religious bodies, and it was agreed that no insuperable obstacle lies in the way, if there is sufficient consensus of public opinion in favour of the change. The subject was dealt with in an article in our issue of Nov. 27,1926. It is likely that the present bill is intended merely to strengthen the hands of the League of Nations committee; if so, there is nothing to be said against it. But it would be undesirable to give it legal effect before obtaining general ecclesiastical sanction.

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