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in effect as it now is, were each Bishop empowered to take the case of any Deacon, or Priest ordained by a Bishop of another Church, who shall have obtained a bona fide title in his diocese, into his consideration; and having found him canonically ordained, properly qualified, and properly disposed, were he further empowered to require the usual subscriptions, to impose the usual oaths, and to admit him by a deed under his hand and seal, to the exercise of his ministry of Deacon or Priest, as the case may be. This every Bishop has it in his power to do in the case of a layman, by examining and ordaining him; and he may safely be vested with similar power in the case of a man, who as the preface to the Ordinal expresses it, kath had formerly Episcopal ordination, and whom therefore he cannot without impiety re-ordain.
You say, page 49, that the clause which you quote from the act 1819, extends “to ordinations by the titular Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland, as well as to ordinations by the Roman Catholic and Protestant Bishops of foreign countries.” Now, with respect to ordinations by the Roman Catholic Bishops of foreign countries, you are most manifestly wrong; and when you recollect the case of the late Dean Kirwan and others, and the more recent case of Blanco White, you will at once perceive your error. As the law now stands in England, a person ordained by a foreign Romish Bishop, renouncing the errors of Popery, is instantly received and recognised as a Minister of the Chureh of England. Nay, I have been assured by a respectable Irish Clergymán, that persons ordained by the titular Bishops there, are in like manner received in that part of the Church. But I will not affirm this to be fact, because I do not certainly know it. That privilege however, which is certainly extended to Papists ordained abroad, and renouncing their errors, might with at least as little risk be extended to Protestants canonically ordained, who have no errors to renounce; especially when the granting, or the refusing such privilege, will remain in the hands of those to whom the Church commits the power of ordination.
A SINCERE CHURCHMAN.
We willingly give insertion to this explanatory letter of our correspondent. We must, however, beg leave to observe on our own part, that as to the words “misunderstood and misrepresented,” which were made use of by us in our former Number with reference to the exposition and application of the law extended by our correspondent to Mr. Wood's case, and which words seem rather to have been the occasion of offence;-such words were intended merely to express an error into which we then thought, and still think our correspondent had fallen, with reference to the case in question. We by no means intended by such expressions, to impute any thing like ignorance or wilful misrepresentation, but merely such a misconception as any man is liable to adopt when forming an opinion upon the effect of complex statutory enactments.
As to the merits of the question, however, upon which we appear to be at issue with our correspondent, we must beg further to observe, that nothing has been advanced by him to show us in error in the VOL. XI. NO. III.
view we took of Mr. Wood's case. And the division which we made of the subject into colonial and foreign ordinations, appears to have had the effect of eliciting more clearly the real object to which the observations of our correspondent are directed. From the letter above inserted, it now appears that his strictures are pointed to the line of policy which the legislature has compelled the Church to adopt with reference to ordinations by Bishops not within the pale of the Church of England and Ireland. With reference to colonial ordinations, to which character Mr. Wood's ordination clearly belongs, the law is clear and explicit ; and, although our correspondent seems still to be by no means surprised “ that Mr. Wood should feel forcibly the restraints which are imposed upon him," we think the provisions of the law in this respect are just and judicious; and as to their hardship, we may observe, they are scarcely more severe than the restraints which are imposed upon every Clergyman in England upon changing his diocese. For in strictness, no Clergyman ordained and licensed in one diocese, can remove to any other without first procuring the licence and consent of the Bishop, into whose diocese he purposes to remove. Ceasing, then, to find Mr. Wood's case applicable to form the foundation of the real object of his censure, namely, the policy of the Church with reference to what we have termed “ foreign ordinations ;" our correspondent has in the above letter clearly stated his sentiments; and these appear to involve the question of the expediency of repealing such parts of our statutory provisions as forbid our Bishops to recognise Scotch and American ordinations ; for with reference to other episcopal ordinations, as by the Roman-Catholic Bishops, there is no express enactment forbidding their recognition ; and, therefore, as noticed by our correspondent, such ordinations are recognised by our Bishops as spiritually good, although we apprehend,-and in this respect our former assertion was intended to be understood, they are legally invalid, until the persons só ordained have taken the oaths, subscribed the declaration, and complied with the other requisites enjoined by our statute law. Upon this general question proposed by our correspondent, we must decline to enter. But it must not from this be inferred, that we entertain any doubt that the line of policy, adopted by our Church in the instance alluded to, is incapable of defence. The restrictions, imposed in 1748 and 1784 were occasioned by the political wants of the time, and were called for in order to the defence and proper protection of our own Establishment. Whether or not the hour of danger be passed away, and whether or not the removal of the restrictions in question would tend to the promotion of the real interests of the Church of Christ, is matter which will come better and more beneficially under the consideration of others. On entering upon the question of ordinations, we proposed to ourselves merely to state the law as it is, not to enter into a discussion as to its merits or demerits.
Blest being! though a parent's tear
Reason forbids to sorrow more ;
W. B. C.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCRIPTURAL FACTS AND CUSTOMS,
By analogous Reference to the Practice of other Nations.
TENTH CONSECRATED. Gen. xxviii. 22.—“And of all that thou shalt give me, surely will I give the tenth unto
thee.' When Xenophon built his temple on the banks of the Sellenus, he erected a pillar with this inscription, “These lands are consecrated to Diana. Let the possessor offer up the tenth part of the annual product in sacrifice, and out of the surplus keep the temple in repair. If he fails, the goddess will punish his neglect.” The Greeks, also, who survived the retreat, we are informed by the same author, consecrated the tenth part of their spoil to Apollo and Diana of Ephesus.Xenophon's Expedition of Cyrus, Book v.
LAND MARKS. Gen. xxxi. 44, 45, 51, 52.-"Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and
thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee. And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee; this heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm."
In the treaty of Nerthinsk between the Russians and Chinese, the ambassadors of the latter, according to a custom of the earliest date, raised two pillars on the spot, to determine the boundaries of the respective empires, and on Thein engraved the treaty.—Pennant's View of India, Vol. III. p. 183.
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Chichester Diocesan Committee. At a General Meeting of the Chi- Bishop in the chair ; the Duke of Richchester Diocesan Committees of Na- mond, the Dean, Archdeacon, Precentional Schools, and of the Societies for tor, and other Members of the CathePromoting Christian Knowledge, and dral; the Mayor, Colonel Beecher, for the Propagation of the Gospel in and twenty others of the laity and Foreign Parts, assembled in the Ca clergy :-It was moved by the Prethedral Library, on Wednesday, 31st centor of Chichester, and after an December, 1828; present, the Lord affecting address to the Meeting by