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- The THIRTY SEVENTH ARTICLE.
y ... Of the Civil Magistrates. . !
THE Queen's Majesty kath the chief Power in this
I realm of England, and other her Dominions, unto whom the chief government of all estates of this realm, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Civil, in' all Causes dotb appertain, and is not, nor ought to be subject to any foreign jurisdiétion. ; . :
Where we attribute to the Queen's Majesty the chief government, by which titles we understand the minds of some fanderous folks to be offended : we give not to our Princes the ministring either of God's word, or of the facraments, the which thing the injunctions also lately set forth by Elizabeth our Queen do most plainly testify: but that only prerogative which we see to have been given alway's to all godly Princes in holy Scriptures by God himself ; that is, that they should rule all estates and degrees committed to their charge by God, whether they be Ecclesiastical ør, Temporal, and restrain with the Civil Sword the stubborn and evil doers. •
The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdi&tion in this realm of England." "The laws of the realm may punish Christian men with death for heinous and grievous offences.
It is lawful for Christian men, at the commandment of the Magistrate, to wear weapons, and serve in the Wars.
- This Article contains Six Propositions. ?:?!? : 1. The Queen's Majesty has the chief Power in
this Realm of England, and other her Domini.
ons, unto whom the chief Goverment of all - Estates of this Realm, whether they be Eccle
which we fees, but thai our Queen
siastical or Civil, in all Causes doth apper
tain, .2. The Queen's Majesty is not, nor ought to be
subject to any Forein Jurisdiction. 2. Where we attribute to the Queen's Majesty the chief Goverment, by which Titles we un
derstand the Minds of some slanderous Folks · to be offended; we give not to our Princes
the Ministring either of God's Word, or of the Sacraments, the which thing the Injunctions also set forth by Elizabeth our Queen do most plainly testify : but that only Prerogative, which we see to have been given always to all godiy Princes in the Holy Scriptures by God himself, that is, that they should rule all Estates and Degrees, committed to their Charge by
God, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Tem. ' poral, and restrain with the Civil Sword the
Aubborn and evil Doers. si 4. The Bishop of Rome has no Jurisdiction in this i Realm of England. s. The Laws of the Realm may punish Christian
Men with Death for heinous and grievous Of.,
fences. 6. It is lawful for Christian Men, at the Com
mandment of the Magistrate, to wear Wea. :...pons, and ferve in the Wars.' 2. The First Proposition. See the Discourse of the Independency of the Church on the State, Chap. In
The Second Proposition. There is no Plea for any Forein Jurisdiction, but what is made in favor of.the Pope's usurp'd Authority; of which, see the Fourth Proposition.,
The Third Proposition is an Explication of the First, and the same Reference will serve. Only, because Queen Elizabeth's then late Injunctions are mentioned, as containing the fame Doctrin, I think it necessary to subjoin that Passage of the said Injunctions, which is referr'd to. An Admonition to simple men, deceaued
The Queenes Maiestie being infourmed that in certayne places of this Realme, Sundry of her natiue Subiectes, being called to Ecclesiastical ministerie in the Churcbe, be by linio fter perswafion and peruerse construction, induced to finde Tome Scruple in the fourme of an othe, which by an a&t of the last Parliament is prescribed to be required of diuers pera fons, for the recognition of their allegiaunce to her maiestie, which certaynely neither was euer meant, ne by any equitie of wordes or good sense can be thereof gathered : woulde that all her louyng Subie&tes should understand, that nothing was, is, or Moal be meant or intended by the same othe, to baue any other duetie, allegiaunce, or bonde required by the same othe, then was, acknowledged to be due to the most noble kynges, of famous memorie kyng Henry the eygbt ber Maie. sties father, or kyng Edward the sixth her Maiesties bro ther.
And further her Maiestie forbiddeth al maner ber subjectes, to geue eare or credite to such peruerse and malicious perfons, which most finisterly and maliciously labour to noti'fre to her louing subiectes, howe by the wordes of the fayde othe, it may be collected that the Kynges or Queenes of this Realme, pollelours of the crowne, may chalenge auct boritie and power of ministerie of diuine offices in the Churche. wherein ber Sayde fubie&tes be much abused by suche euyli disposed persons, For certaynely ber Maiestie neyther doth, ne euer will chalenge any other authoritie, then that was. chalenged and lately used by the fayde noble kynges of famous memorie, king Henry the eighth and king Edward the fixth, which is and was of auncient tyme due to tbe Imperial crown of this Realme : that is, under God to hane the fouer aintie and rule ouer all maner persons borne within these her Realmes, dominions, and countreys, of what eftaie, eyeher ecclefiaftical or tempor all soeuer they be, so as no other forrayne power shall or ought to haue, any superioritie ouer them. And yf any person that hath conceaved any other sense of the fourme of the fayde othe, Mall accept the same orhe with this interprétation, sense, or meanyng, her Maieftie is well pleased to accept enery suche in that behalfe as her good and obedient subiectes, and shall acquite them of all maner penalties conteyned in the sayde aft, agaynst suche as Mall peremptorily or obftinately refuse to take the same oche,
remptorile conteynedit and pain that beber
The Fourth Proposition. 'The Foundation of the Pope's claiming a Jurisdiction in England, is his usurped Supremacy, which is disproved in the Twenty first Chapter of the Second part of the Confutation of Popery.
The Fifth and Sixth Propofitions. See the First Fourteen Sections of the Seventeenth Question of Iurretin's Locus Undecimus,
The THIRTY EIGHTH ARTICLE
Of Christian Mens Goods, which are not common." T HE riches and goods of Christians are not camninon,
L "as touching the right, title, and poleffion of the same, äs certain Anabaptist's do falsly boxjt. Normithstanding, every man ought of such things as be poleseth, liber ally to give alms to the poor, aecording to bis ability. 9 This Article contains Two. Propositions. TAYO - The Riches and Goods of Christians are not
*s common, as touching the Right, Title and * Possession of the same, as certain Anabaptist's 3. do fallly boast: .: 2. Every Man ought of fuch Things as he poseta
- seth, liberally to give Aļms to the Poor, accoriv.ding to his Ability.
... ...) i inton The First Proposition. That certain, Anabaptists, did then boast, that the Goods of Christians were, common, we learn from Sleidan, who in his Tenth' Book of Commentaries bas these Words, Ad boc tempus primi nominis apud ipsos (Anabaptistas) Propheta, nam hoc fibi nomen usurpant, Joannes Matthæus, mandabat, ut quod quisque haberet auri & argenti, rei mobilis, id omne deferret in medium, capitis proposita pæna, b in hunc ufum publica fuit constituta domus. Hac edi&ti severitate* populus valde attonitus obtemperabat : nec integrum erat cuiquam fallere aut partem aliquam defraudare : nam puelle quædam duæ vaticinantes, quod commissum esset fraudis, denunciabant. Neque vero sua tantum illi conferebant, fed eorum etiam quos ejecerant, facultates in fuos