Middle-age period

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R. Bentley, 1865 - Bishops
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Page 59 - They are, under the point of view of religion and philosophy, wholly rotten, and from the sole of the foot to the crown of the head there is no soundness in them.
Page 4 - ... all the individual members that have existed from the foundation to the present time, or that shall ever hereafter exist, are but one person in law, a person that never dies : in like manner as the river Thames is still the same river, though the parts which compose it are changing every instant.
Page 68 - A good man was there of religion, And was a poor parson of a town. But rich he was of holy thought and work...
Page 68 - And was a poore Parson of a town; But rich he was of holy thought and work; He was also a learned man, a clerk, That Christes Gospel trewely would preach: His parishens devoutly would he teach.
Page 2 - But, as all personal rights die with the person ; and, as the necessary forms of investing a series of individuals, one after another, with the same identical rights, would be very inconvenient, if not impracticable ; it has been found necessary, when it is for the advantage of the public to have any particular rights kept on foot and continued, to constitute artificial persons, who may maintain a perpetual succession, and enjoy a kind of legal immortality.
Page 4 - Provided also that such canons, constitutions, ordinances and synodals provincial being already made, which be not contrariant or repugnant to the laws, statutes and customs of this realm, nor to the damage or hurt of the King's prerogative royal...
Page 3 - ... but they could neither frame nor receive any laws or rules of their conduct — none, at least, which would have any binding force, for want of a coercive power to create a sufficient obligation. Neither could they be capable of retaining any...
Page 73 - ... ecclesiastics, have always essentially formed a part of the clergy, and this is, in point of fact, the general notion which has been applied to them indiscriminately, without regard to time, or place, or to the successive modifications of the institution. And not only are monks regarded as ecclesiastics, but they are by many people considered as, so to speak, the most ecclesiastical of all ecclesiastics, as the most completely of all clerical bodies separated from civil society, as the most estranged...
Page 54 - path of philosophy. Either they make a brief " stay at it, or omit it altogether, and take up the " civil law without any previous acquaintance with " theology or philosophy. Not that they care much for " the canon law, except so far as it tends to the " glorification of their civil science ; and thus the whole " study of philosophy goes to ruin, and with it the " whole regimen of the Church ; peace is driven from " the earth, justice is denied, and evils of all kind
Page 3 - ... the privileges and immunities, the estates and possessions, of the corporation, when once vested in them, will be for ever vested, without any new conveyance to new successions ; for all the individual members that have existed from the foundation to the present time...

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