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Chapter 3 - Taking the Clergy to Court

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 September 2021

G. R. Evans
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University of Cambridge
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This chapter discusses a series of high-profile cases in which significant disputes arose involving the application of ecclesiastical law. It begins with Parliament’s debates on its role and authority in this area as it attempted more than once to frame legislation for clergy discipline and the discussions in Convocation. It considers the Gompertz case, raising questions about the role of the bishop; the contrasting churchmanships of Evangelicals and Tractarians; and the controversy about biblical interpretation prompted by the publication of Essays and Reviews. The case of James Shore tested the law on the effect of a clergyman’s finding his opinions had changed to such an extent that he was no longer a member of the Church of England, while still effectively retaining his Anglican priesthood. The chapter also covers the cases of William Bennett and the ‘real presence’, and George Denison’s lengthy dispute with the Bishop of Exeter on the effect of baptism. It ends with the case of Alexander Mackonochie and controversy over the regulation of public worship.

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Crown, Mitre and People in the Nineteenth Century
The Church of England, Establishment and the State
, pp. 126 - 201
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Taking the Clergy to Court
  • G. R. Evans, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Crown, Mitre and People in the Nineteenth Century
  • Online publication: 14 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009031424.005
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  • Taking the Clergy to Court
  • G. R. Evans, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Crown, Mitre and People in the Nineteenth Century
  • Online publication: 14 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009031424.005
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  • Taking the Clergy to Court
  • G. R. Evans, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Crown, Mitre and People in the Nineteenth Century
  • Online publication: 14 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009031424.005
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