Episcopacy Asserted

Episcopacy Asserted

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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. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...sancti Dei, ecclesiae alieni erunt: " " All priests, and clergymen, and people, and nations, and languages, that do not obey their bishop, shall be shut forth of the communion of holy church here, and of heaven hereafter." It runs high, but I cannot help it; I do but translate Ruflinus, ashe before translated St. Clement. SECTION XLVIII. And Bishops were always, in the Church, Men of great Honour. Ir seems, then, we must have bishops. But must we have lord bishops too'! That is the questionnow, but such an one as the primitive piety could never have imagined. For, could they, to whom bishops were placed in a right and a true light, --they who believed, and saw them to be the fathers of their souls, the guardian of their life andmanners, (as king Edgar called St. Dunstan) the guide of their consciences, the instruments and conveyances of all the blessings Heaven uses to pour upon us by the ministration of the holy Gospel; would they, that thought their lives a cheap exchange for a free and open communion with a catholic bishop, would they have contested upon an airy title, and the imaginary privilege of an honour, which is far less than their spiritual dignity but infinitely less than the burden and charge of the souls of all their diocese? Charity thinks nothing too much, and that love is but little that grudges at the good words a bishoprick carries with it. However, let us see whether titles of honour be either unfit in themselves to be given to bishops; or what the guise " of Christendom hath been in her spiritual heraldry. 1. St. Ignatius, in his epistle to the church of Smyrna, gives them this command: " Honora episcopum ut principem sacerdotum, imaginem Dei referentem: " " Honour the...show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
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  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236971205
  • 9781236971203