The Parson's Outlook; Studies in Clerical Life and Character

The Parson's Outlook; Studies in Clerical Life and Character

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...the clergy in plunging into the vortex of party politics, or in wading through currents of intrigue to win fugitive and tarnished honours, but why should we be barred from our citizen rights?" I suggested that the Establishment was a bought privilege, and that these disabilities were a part of the purchase money. His rather rough-cut mouth was a-twitch as he answered me: "You speak the words of the popular ignorance. Save the seats of the bishops in the House of Lords and the honour of saying grace before meat, what shred of privilege is left to us? What have we that we ought not to have, for that, of course, is what privilege means? We have no prerogatives which every self-constituted teacher who cares to dub himself ' reverend' does not fully share. Every sect which holds property in trust is by law established. In that sense is the Church established, and in no other, save one. Let me remind you which this is. In the case of the Church, Establishment means an intrusive interference of the State with her concerns; a right to pry and to fetter, to arrest and to stifle, conferred upon those whose interests engage them to do these things. That is absolutely all. Is that your reason for tolerating our disfranchisement? Do you argue that because the Parson is, in his corporate life, strait-waistcoated beyond other men, he must therefore be shorn of his rights as an individual? You are the victim of a word--- the blessed word Establishment, spelled with a capital E. Every good cause suffers by this hocus-pocus. How much longer are we going to tolerate it?" I thought of the king who reminded his brother monarch that " Ramoth Gilead is ours, and we be still and take it not," but I said nothing, not even when he added a...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236653165
  • 9781236653161