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The Instructions of Bishop Barrow, 1663

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 January 2024

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  • 1. We order and decree that the archdeacon, officials or registrars shall have nothing to do with our fifteen episcopal causes above written, but only to act in such things as are proper and belonging to their jurisdiction for the half year, and keep records for them by themselves.

  • 2. That our vicars-general shall have no power to make substitutes under them, but to act, and execute all things belonging to their place and office in their own persons, and to keep records of all their proceedings on their registry.

  • 3. That our vicars-general shall not order, censure or decree any matter or cause ecclesiastical severally, but jointly and unanimously to keep sheading courts as formerly, and a monthly court for hearing and determining matters of difference and controversy in the convenients [sic] place that they shall think meet.

  • 4. That our vicars-general shall not order or censure causes contrary to our statutes, and spiritual written laws, though there be some precedents otherwise, notwithstanding the statute[s] in such cases are to be observed until the ordinary's pleasure be further known touching the said statutes.

  • 5. That all the ministers within this isle liable to our spiritual jurisdiction shall be careful and diligent in their places and callings, and be sober, and give good example in their lives and conversations, be obedient to observe all our directions formerly given touching the worship and service of God, obedience to the canons and laws of our church,235 and if any offend herein he is immediately to be censured and punished according to the heinousness of the facts.

  • 6. That no wills or decrees be proved or made but in a sheading court with inventories, and pledges written on whole sheets of paper, except it be in some cases of necessity and not otherwise.

  • 7. That our registrar shall keep the court books in good order and give in all offenders’ names presented to the court to be censured, to call in for certificate under every minister's hand touching the performance of their several censures into our records, that all fines may be given in to us to mitigate, and then return to the controllers to be recorded for the lord's prerogative.

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Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
First published in: 2024

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