Church Law; Suggestions on the Law of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America

Church Law; Suggestions on the Law of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America : Its Sources and Scope

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... find this submission more useful and more noble than the license and the anarchy of an unrestricted, undirected, and unenlightened judgment. Yet it is not that the foreign canon law is to be disregarded. That of which Lord Stowell declares, that "whatever may be thought of its pretensions to a divine origin, it is deeply enough founded in human wisdom: "--that which continues to influence even the stern features of the Scottish Reformation, may not be contemned. But let it be resorted to with caution, and watched with the jealousy of the great doctors of the English Church. "It sprang from the ruins of the Roman empire, and the power of the Roman pontiffs," and partakes largely of the spirit of absolutism which might be expected from its origin. Flivivnnoix B. OF THE CANONS OF THE CHURCH. Upon this question of the force of the canons of the General Convention of I789, and the power of that body to pass them, there are two theories. One is, that the convention had as ample power to pass these canons, as it had to adopt a constitution; the other, that the authority was assumed, and the canons became the law in the several states only when actually ratified, or from long acquiescence and submission. It must again be noticed, that most of these canons are not to be supported upon any clause of the Constitution--were framed irrespective of it--and were actually passed before the Constitution was adopted. Let us consider the consequences of the doctrine that the canons became the law only by ratification or acquiescence. By the one or the other, they became the settled law of the whole Church of the United States. What power, then, had any subsequent General Convention to repeal or modify them? Was not any act of repeal...
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  • United States
  • English
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