The Forum Volume 17

The Forum Volume 17

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...Practically the effect of exemption has been to encourage the church in buying vast tracts of land, which are daily growing in value. Dr. H. L. Wayland cites this instance: "I am credibly told that on a recent occasion a bishop went to the owner of a valuable tract in a neighboring county, and said, 'What is the price of such and such a piece of land?' 'Sixty thousand dollars.' 'You have raised the price fifteen thousand dollars?' 'Yes.' 'Very good; here is a check.'" It was bought for the church simply as an investment. The Protestant opposition to the taxation of church property comes almost wholly from the Episcopalian and Lutheran churches, which are more or less related to state-supported churches in Europe. Yet there are many advocates of this taxation even among the Lutherans and Episcopalians. But the Roman Catholic church is unanimously opposed to any taxation of its churches, schools, or other property. There are many reasons why its property should especially be taxed. The property of the Roman Catholic church should be taxed because it is held, not by the people, but by the individual ecclesiastics, and is therefore personal property exclusively under personal control. The anathemas of the Council of Trent are pronounced against all, even the clergy, who will not resist even the state itself, should the state attempt to give laymen, or anybody but priests and bishops, the control of church property. The sixteenth canon of the Council of Baltimore, held in 1852, shows how far a power emanating from Rome exercises influence over church property in this land. Instances could be cited where the curse of excommunication was pronounced against all Roman Catholics who would not give the bishop control of certain property, more

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236858298
  • 9781236858290