A clergyman's defence of himself, for refusing to use the Office for the burial of the dead over one who destroyed himself, notwithstanding the coroner's verdict of mental derangement [a sermon].

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J. G. & F. Rivington, 1833 - Burial laws (Canon law) - 17 pages

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Page 10 - We yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this infant with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy Holy Church.
Page 15 - It is not every melancholy or hypochondriacal distemper that denominates a man non compos, for there are few who commit this offence, but are under such infirmities, but it must be such an alienation of mind that renders them to be madmen, or frantic, or destitute of the use of reason : a lunatic killing himself in the fit of lunacy is not felo de se ; otherwise it is, if it be at another time.
Page 2 - For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile : but even as we have been approved of God to be intrusted with the gospel, so we speak ; not as pleasing men, but God which proveth our hearts.
Page 5 - Here it is to be noted, that the Office ensuing is not to be used for any that die unbaptized or excommunicate, or have laid violent hands upon themselves...
Page 15 - ... may be a moral madness, ie a misapplication of the understanding, in all self-murderers : but this sort of madness does not come under the cognizance of a Jury ; the question with them being, not whether the understanding was misapplied, but whether there was any understanding at all. In short, the best rule for a Jury to guide themselves by in such a case, is to judge whether the signs of madness, that are now pretended, would avail to acquit the same person of murdering another man : if not,...
Page 8 - shall render to every man according to his works. We shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in the body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Page 10 - Father, raise us from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness, that when we shall depart this life we may rest in thee, as, our hope is, this our brother doth.
Page 12 - ... perhaps which would not lie against the common view. It may be asked whether the spirit can exist separate from the soul, as the soul from the body. It may be said that our Saviour spoke of the soul rather than of the spirit, asking what a man should give in exchange for his soul, and warning us to fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

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