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days to return an EleCtion of the perfon named

by

thei~ing

Page

138. ·

Cranmer, Tonffall,

Clarlzand

Good–

ri~

Bi!hops being called to give their Opinion,

of the Emperors Power

to

call Councils faid,

That though ancient Councils were called

by

the

Roman

Emperors, yet that

was

done by reafon o£

the extent of their Monarchy that was now ceaf–

ed :

But

fince other Princes had an entire Monar-

,

chy within their Dominions : Yet if one or more

of thofe Princes fhould agree to call a Council

t o

a good intent, and delire the concurrence of the

reil, they were bound by the rule ofCHARITY,

to agree to it.

,

Page

139.

Crarmter

faid-that this Authority

ofGeneral Councils flowed not from the Num–

ber of Biihops, but from the Matter -of their de–

ci!ions; which were received with an Univerfal

Confent ; for there were many more Biihops

at

.Arimini-

than at

Nice

or

Conftantinople, &c<>

ChrilJ:

had named no Head of the whole Church

as God had named no Head of the World -

In Qgeen

f-liz.abeth's

Reign

Is

59·

the Divines

appointed to difpute againft the Papifi :Biil1ops

in .

their ftcond paper maintain,

That every Church

had power ·to reform

it

[elf :

This

they founded on the

'

Epiftles of

Paul

to the particular Churches, and

St.

John

to the Angels of the · Seven Churches : .

In the firfi three Ages there were no Genera l

Coun~ils,

but every Biil1op in his Diocefs, or

fucb

few Bt!hops as could afiemble together, condem–

ned Herelies, determined Matters that were , n- ,

r.:efied ; fo did alfo the Orthodox after

Arrianifmr:

. had fo overfpread the World that even the See of

Rome

was defiled

with

it.

I'

age,