Having Bishops in the House of Lords

‘What is there of impiety, what of unlawfulness, what unbecoming either of the holiness or calling of a Priest, in terrifying the bad or comforting the good subject; in repressing of sin, or punishing of sinners? For this is the whole and entire act of civil jurisdiction. It is in its own nature repugnant to no persons, to no function, to no sort or condition of men: let them hold themselves never so holy, never so seraphical, it becomes them very well to repress sin and punish sinners; that is to say, to exercise in a moderate manner civil jurisdiction, if the Sovereign shall require it.’

— Archbishop John Williams, paraphrasing Bp John Davenant in the eleventh question of the Determinationes Quæstionum quorundam Theologicarum


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