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Occasional Papers

Selected from The Guardian, The Times, and The Saturday Review, 1846-1890

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Author: R.W. Church
Language: English
Wordcount: 128,618 / 372 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 28.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 428
Added to site: 2004.07.01
mnybks.net#: 8379
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ission of the private conscience to Christianity--when the Church placed her power of self-regulation under the guardianship of the State, and the State annexed its own potent sanction to rules, which without it would have been matter of mere private contract, then jus or civil right soon found its way into the Church, and the respective interests and obligations of its various orders, and of the individuals composing them, were regulated by provisions forming part of the law of the land. Matter ecclesiastical or spiritual moulded in the forms of civil law, became the proper subject of ecclesiastical or spiritual jurisdiction, properly so called.

Now, inasmuch as laws are abstractions until they are put into execution, through the medium of executive and judicial authority, it is evident that the cogency of the reasons for welding together, so to speak, civil and ecclesiastical authority is much more full with regard to these latter branc

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