Moberly, R.C. Ministerial Priesthood

ISBN 13: 9780281022700

Ministerial Priesthood

 
9780281022700: Ministerial Priesthood

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1897. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX UPON THE RECENT ROMAN CONTROVERSY AS TO THE VALIDITY OF ANGLICAN ORDERS It will have been observed that the discussion just concluded has not been a discussion as to what does, or what does not, constitute a valid transmission of Holy Orders. The fact is that the discussion has been directed to a deeper issue than that of validity. Those who discuss the validity of what purports to confer ' priesthood,' must assume, as the basis of their discussion, an understanding of what priesthood in itself means. Confusion about this will make a necessary confusion in the discussion of validity. But, fundamental as it is to the discussion of validity, a real inquiry into the nature and true scope of priesthood is itself of deeper and more significant interest than any question of validity only. It is, however, perfectly true that for certain purposes it is necessary to take the outward apart from its inwardness, the mere shell apart from all that gives it meaning. If the question is whether this man is, or is not, viceroy; we do not for the purpose begin to ask what viceroyalty means; we ask rather whether the instruments of his appointment are in order. If the question is whether this 'bishop' is capable of ordaining, or that 'priest' of celebrating; it is not immediately to the point to say whether the one has any rationally Christian conception of what his episcopate, or the other of what his priesthood, means. The one may be materialistic, to the point of paganism; the other may be rationalistic, to the point of atheism. Neither may realize, even remotely, the true nature of his office; neither may be able, in the least degree, to exemplify its mystery or its dignity to others. And neither--it is possible--may be recognized, in the day of the revelation of Chri...

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Moberly, R.C.
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