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is concerning the Form prescribed in that Book for such Confecration or Ordination. And the Church affirms, that that Book doch contain all things necessary to the same. This being observ'd, the Truth of both Propofitions will appear at first light to such as peruse the Book.
The Third Proposition is the necessary Consequence
of the First and Second. But see the Fourth Chapter of the Third Part of the Confutation of Popery,
Here it will be proper to give some account of a Difficulty arising from the Interpretation of the Subscription to this Article, which was before recited from the Fourteenth of King Charles the Second. Since by that Act our Subscription to this Article must be understood of the Book of Consecration, &c. as it was then altered : therefore the Third Proposition, when expressed at full length, must run thus,
" Whosoever are Consecrated or Ordered accor
ding to the Rives of that Book, which was set So forth and confirmed by Parliament in King Ed
ward the Sixth's Days, and was afterwards al“tered and confirmed again in the Fourteenth of “King Charles the Second ; I say, whosoever has
been Consecrated or Ordered by that Book since
the Second Year of King Edward unto this time,or “ hereafter shall be confecrated or ordered accorco
ding to the same Rites, we decree all such to be rightly, orderly, and lawfully confecrated and ordered.
But is it not then strange, that our Church tho now be supposed to speak of Persons Consecrated or Ordered since the Second of King Edward, according to the Rites of the Book as it stood altered in the Reign of King Charles the Second ? And
wou'd our Lawgivers impose on us a Subscription to the Propofition above rehearsed I conceive therefore, that our Subscription does 'at present oblige us to acknowledge the Validity of those Ordinations only, which have been and shall be made according to that Book since the above mentioned Alteration of it. But then, because the Validity of our Succession depends upon the Validity of the prior Ordinations; therefore we ought to satisfy our selves concerning them, tho our Church does not bind us to an explicit Confirmation of them. And whoever will compare the Forms of Confecration and Ordination confirm'd in King Edward's Time, with the Book as 'twas altered in the Fourteenth of King Charles the Second, will be foon convinced, that this Proposition has no real Difficulty in it, either as it was understood formerly, or as 'cis now to be understood by reason of the ParJiamentary Interpretation.
I will add (to prevent some Scruples which may poflibly arise) Dr. Burges's Interpretation of the Subscription to this Article, which is in the Paper before mentioned ; and is therefore warranted by unexceptionable Authority. His words are there. IX. Of the Book of Ordination of Bishops, Priests and
Deacons. I conceive, that Subscription to this Book does not intend an Approbation of every Phrase, or Application of every Place of Scripture therein alledged, as fitly applied : but only that the Calling of Bishops to govern the Church, and the Ordination of Inferior Ministers by them to the Uses there aligned, are not contrary to the Word of God, and so I subscribe to that. Book.
HE Queen's Majesty bath the chief Power in this
realm of England, and other her Dominions, unto whom the chief government of all estates of this realm, whether they be Ecclefiaftical or Civil, in all Causes dot's appertain, and is not, nor ought to be subject to any foreign jurisdiction.
Where we attribute to the Queen's Majesty the chief government, by which titles we understand the minds of some flanderous folks to be offended : we give not to our Princes the ministring either of God's word, or of the facraments, the which thing the injunctions also lately set forth by Elizabeth our Queen do most plainly testify : but that only prerogative which we see to bave been given always to all godly Princes in boly Scriptures by God bimself; that is, that they should rule all estates and degrees committed to their charge by God, whether they be Ecclefiaftical or Temporal, and restrain with the Civil (word the stubborn and evil doers.
The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this realm of England.
The laws of the realm may punisha Christian men with death for beinous and grievous offences.
It is lawful for Christian men, at the commandment of the Magistrate, to wear weapons, and serve in the Wars.
- This Article contains Six Propositions.
this Realm of England, and other her Domini-
siastical or Civil, in all Causes doth apper
tain, 2. The Queen's Majesty is not, nor ought to be
subject to any Forein Jurisdiction. 3. Where we attribute to the Queen's Majesty
the chief Goverment, by which Titles we understand the Minds of some sanderous Folks to be offended ; we give not to our Princes the Ministring either of God's Word, or of the Sacraments, the which thing the Injunctions also set forth by Elizabeth our Queen do most plainly testify : but that only Prerogative, which we see to have been given always to all godiy Princes in the Holy Scriptures by God himself, that is, that they should rule all Estates and Degrees, committed to their Charge by God, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Tem. poral, and restrain with the Civil Sword the Aubborn and evil Doers. The Bishop of Rome has no Jurisdiction in this Realm of England. s. The Laws of the Realm may punish Christian
Men with Death for heinous and grievous Ofo.
fences. 6. It is lawful for Christian Men, at the Com
mandment of the Magistrate, to wear WeaHipons, and ferve in the Wars.
The First Proposition. See the Discourse of the Independency of the Church on the State, Chap.
The Second Proposition. There is no Plea for any Forein Jurisdiction, but what is made in favor of the Pope's usurp'd Authority; of which see the Fourth Proposition.
The Third Proposition is an Explication of the First, and the same Reference will serve. Only, because Queen Elizabeth's then late Injunctions are mentioned, as containing the same Doctrin, I think it necessary to subjoin that Passage of the said Injunctions, which is referr'd to.
An Admonition to simple men, deceaued
by malicious. The Queenes Maieftie being infourmed that in certayne places of this Realme, Sundry of her natiue Subiectes, being called to Ecclesiastical ministerie in the Churcbe, be by fini. fter perswasion and peruerse construction, induced to finde Some scruple in the fourme of an othe, which by an act of the last Parliament is prescribed to be required of diuers per fons, for the recognition of their allegiaunce to her maiestie, which certaynely neither was euer meant, ne by any equitie of wordes or good sense can be thereof gathered: woulde that all ber louyng Subiectes should understand, that nothing was, is, or shal be meant or intended by the same othe, to baue any other duetie, allegiaunce, or bonde required by the same othe, then was acknowledged to be due to the most noble kynges, of famous memorie kyng Henry the eygbt ber Maie. sties father, or kyng Edward the sixth her Maiesties bro ther.
And further her Maiestie forbiddeth al maner ber subiectes, to geue eare or credite to such peruerse and malicious persons, which most finifterly and maliciously labour to notifie to her louing subiectes, howe by the wordes of the fayde othe, it may be collected that the Kynges or Queenes of this Realme, pollessours of the crowne, may chalenge aucthoritie and power of ministerie of diuine offices in the Churche, wherein ber Jayde subiectes be much abused by suche euyli disposed persons, For certaynely her Maiestie neyther doib,