Pastoral Letter Addressed to the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of Halifax (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Pastoral Letter Addressed to the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of Halifax Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound also in leave: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth, shall be loosed also in heaven (st. Matthew, XVIII, In these words of Our Lord, we read the constitution of His Church as a law-making body. Until they were spoken, the legislative power of men went no farther than the bounds of temporal justice and utility. All law in the pagan world was directed toward the welfare of the State, of the family as forming a part of the State, and of the individual as a member, either actual or prospective, of the State. The Jews, it is true. As God's favoured people, had received explicit ordinan ces that covered all the details of their private and public life, of religious ceremonial and of their dealings with the gentile races by which they were surrounded. But not until Christ conferred upon His Apostles the power of binding and loodng was there so clear an eu dorsement, on the part of God, of laws intended for man. In this comprehensive authorization, there is no mention of details; there is simply the right to make laws, to enforce them or to dispense from them - yet always with the assurance that what the Church shall do here on earth, will be ratified in Heaven. Weak as men may be and unwise as their counsels so often are, the promise of Christ is plain beyond all doubt and cavil; the enactments of His Church will never be reversed in the Eternal Tribunal where He is the Judge of the quick and the dead. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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