Sunday, April 30, 2006

Notes on the Bull

See this at the Project Canterbury Website:

Notes on the Decree of Leo XIII.Against the Validity of Anglican Orders.
By the Rev. Wm. J. Seabury, D. D.,Charles and Elizabeth Ludlow Professor of Ecclesiastical Polity and Lawin the General Theological Seminary.
Milwaukee: The Young Churchman, n.d.

IT is necessary to renew the objection which applies to all the papal pronouncements, viz., that, so far as relates to the Church of England and her affiliated branches, they are absolutely devoid of authority, and are to be regarded as mere controversial allegations. There is nothing in this Bull which has not already been controversially alleged against us, and repeatedly and abundantly refuted, not only by Anglicans, but also by reputable Romans; and while it adds nothing to the weight of these statements that the Bishop of Rome should assume responsibility for them, such action on his part has the effect of bringing him down into the arena of controversy, so that we have only to consider the intrinsic value of the statements made.
To say that our Orders are condemned by the Pope on account of the failure of matter, or form, or intention, is of much the same effect as to say that our jurisdiction is null, as not being derived from the Pope; or that our mission has failed by reason of our being in heresy or schism because we do not hold that which accords with papal judgment. Papal authority determines our error, therefore we are wrong. Yet it is obvious that, so far as authority is concerned, the weight of decisions against our Orders depends upon the determination of the previous question whether the authority exists. If so, the case is closed without argument or reason. There is no need to stay for either. All that the Pope need to do is to declare the Orders invalid. The question is settled, or rather there is no question to be settled. That his Holiness should condescend to the use of reason and argument is doubtless to be attributed to the plentitude of his Apostolical care for the Anglican lambs, lest they should conceive that their possession of reasonable minds had been overlooked. But after all, in spite of his assumption of authority, he does base his decision on reasons; and by the value of those reasons, the worth of his pronouncement will be tested, and not by the pretence of authority...

See the entire paper here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gentlemen, please don't interpret a dearth of comments as a sign of lack of interest. I'm really enjoying these Apostolicae Curae posts and finding them very helpful. I, for one, just don't have anything to add, and therefore won't. Keep it up!