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REFORMATION OF DISORDERS.
him which at the least, and a Deacon, shall first have subscribed the
And that no person now permitted by any dispensation, or otherwise, shall retain any Benefice with Cure, being under the age of 21 years, or not being Deacon at the least, or which shall not be admitted, as is aforesaid, within one year next after the making of this Act, or within six Months after he shall accomplish the age of 24 years, on pain that such his dispensation shall be meerly void.
The Age of And that none shall be made Minister, or admitted to a Minister preach or administer the Sacraments, being under the age of and his 24 years, nor unless he first bring to the Bishop of that Diocess testimonial. from men known to the Bishop to be of sound Religion, a testimonial both of his honest life, and of his professing the Doctrine expressed in the said Articles; nor unless he be able to answer and tender to the Ordinary an account of his faith in Latine, according to the said Articles, or have special gift and ability to be a Preacher: nor shall be admitted to the Order of Deacon or Ministry, unless he shall first subscribe to the said Articles.
nefice of the
And that none hereafter shall be admitted to any Benefice have a Be- with Cure, of or above the value of thirty pounds yearly in yearly value the Queens Books, unless he shall then be a Bachelour of of xxxl. al Divinity, or Preacher lawfully allowed by some Bishop within this Realm, or by one of the Universities of Cambridge or Oxford.
And that all admissions to Benefices, Institutions, and
Inductions to be made of any person contrary to the form or Inductions, any Provision of this Act, and all tolerations, dispensations, Tolerations. qualifications, and licences whatsoever to be made to the No Lapse upon depricontrary hereof, shali be meerly void in Law, as if they never vation but
Provided always, That no title to confer or present by a Dyer fo. Lapse, shall accrue upon any deprivation, ipso facto, but 369. after six months notice of such deprivation given by the Cok. li. 6. Ordinary to the Patron.
"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen."
1 Timothy, vi. 20, 21..
Archiepiscopum, Episcopos & reliquum Clerum Cantuariensis Provinciæ in Synodo inchoata Londini vicesimo quarto die mensis Novembris, Anno Domini 1584. Regnique Serenissimæ in Christo Principis Dominæ Elizabethæ, Dei gratia Angliæ, Franciæ & Hyberniæ Reginæ, Fidei Defensoris, &c vicesimo septimo stabiliti, & Regia auctoritate approbati & confirmati.
LONDINI, in ædibus C. B.
ARTICULI PRO CLERO.
Ut homines idonei ad sacros ordines, & Beneficia (uti vocant) Ecclesiastica admittantur.
RIMO cautum est, nequis posthàc ad sacros ordines suscipiatur, qui non eodem quoque tempore Præsentationem sui ipsius ad Beneficium aliquod intra diœcesim sive Jurisdictionem ejusdem Episcopi à quo sacros ordines petit, tunc vacans exhibuerit: vel qui non eidem Episcopo certum, verum & indubitatum Certificatorium tulerit de Ecclesia aliqua intra diœcesim sive Jurisdictionem dicti Episcopi, in qua curæ animarum inservire possit: Vel qui in aliqua Cathedrali aut Collegiata Ecclesia, vel Collegio Cantabrigiensi aut Oxoniensi non fuerit constitutus. Vel saltem, qui ab eodem Episcopo in Beneficium aliquod, sive ad Curam (uti vocant) inserviendam tunc etiam vacantem, nonsi, mox admittendus.
Deinde, ne quis Episcopus posthac aliquem in sacros ordines cooptet, qui non ex sua ipsius Dioecesi fuerit, nisi vel ex altera nostratium Academiarum prodierit: vel, nisi literas (ut loquuntur) Dimissorias ab Episcopo, cujus Diocesanus existet, attulerit, & vicesimum quartum ætatis suæ annum jam compleverit, ac etiam in altera dictarum Academiarum gradum aliquem scholasticum susceperit. Vel saltem, nisi rationem fidei suæ juxta Articulos illos Regionis in Synodo Episcoporum & Cleri approbatos Latino sermone reddere possit, adeò ut sacrarum literarum testimonia, quibus eorundem, Articulorum veritas innititur, recitare etiam valeat: Adulteriùs, de vita sua laudabili & morum integritate literas testimoniales sub Sigillo vel alicujus Collegii Cantabrigiensis aut Oxoniensis, ubi antea moram fecerit, vel alicujus Justiciarii ad pacem D. Reginæ conservandum assignati, una cum subscriptione & testimonio aliorum proborum & fide dignorum hominum ejusdem Paræciæ, ubi per tres annos ante proximé elapsos commoratus est, exhibeat.
Quod siverò aliquis Episcopus aliquem ad sacros ordines admiseret,