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impersonal force.” 21, Rev. Professor Plumptre, “ Infidelity confuted Goldwell, and Cardinal Beaufort. The tympanum of the reredos contains by its own concessions.” 28, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, a group representing the Day of Judgment. The statuettes comprise “The contrast between Christianity, as the Hope of the World, and the | all the leading characters in Old and New Testament bistory. Each Despair of Unbelief.”
statue and statuette is a study in itself, and the opinion of eminent art RESTORATION OF A CITY CHURCH.-The church of St. Mary Alder- critics is only echoed in the wish that some of our most eulogised national mary, in Queen Victoria-street, is about to be restored at a cost of
monuments were equal to any one of the statutes which adorn the rere£12,000. The church of the adjoining parish has been taken down and
dos in All Souls', in richness and fidelity of conception, or in truth and from the proceeds of the sale of the site on which it stood the expense
skill of execution. The flooring of the chapel has been completed in of the restoration is to be defrayed. St. Mary's is to be fitted with open
choice grey marble, and the chancel has been laid with multi-coloured benches, and the floor of the nave and aisles will be laid with ornamental
marbles of every rare variety, in a design of great richness and intricacy, encaustic tiles. The structural alteralions will include the formation of
the Holy Table being also of marble. The oak panelling has been an entirely new and much enlarged chancel, approached from the nave
restored, and decayed portions made good. by a Aigbt of five steps, paved with polished Sicilian marble. Each FRAGMENTA VARIA.—Bishop Claughton is engaged on the Continent side of the chancel will be fitted with stalls in carved oak, and over the holding Confirmations for the Bishop of London.-Several choirs were altar will be a sculptured reredos. The mural decorations will be of an vested in surplices on Easter Day for the first time : amongst others elaborate character, and in the windows stained glass is to be introduced. that of the parish church of St. Mary Abbotts, Kensington, and of
CHURCHES RESTORED.-The Bishop of Hereford on Easter Tuesday Leiston, Suffolk.-Dr. Irons, officiating in his parish church of St. Mary, assisted at the Services held at St. Mary Magdalene, Bridgworth, on its | Woolpotb, on Easter Day, wore his scarlet cassock under bis surplice being reopened after a very careful restoration. The windows in the instead of a black one.—The Bishop of Lincoln bas issued a prayer for church bare been filled with stained glass by several parishioners in use in his Diocese for the Increase of the Episcopate.-At Norwich memory of deceased relatives, while some ladies have given the lectern, Cathedral on Easter Eve the Nicene Creed was sung after the sermon pulpit, and other belongings. The orgau has been removed to a chamber with orchestral accompaniments; and at the Early Celebration of the behind the chancel from the gallery, and the choir filled with oak stalls. Blessed Sacrament on Easter Day processional hymns were sung.-The The Mayor and Corporation attended in State.-On the following day Oldham Board of Guardians have appointed a Dissenting preacher the Bishop of Peterborough preached in St. Nicholas' Church, Leicester, “chaplain " of the workhouse. Several very handsome stained-glass on the occasion of the opening of a new aisle.-On Friday the Bishop windows have been placed in the church of St. Philip, Stepney: one of Winchester opened the new parish church of St. Nicholas', Guildford, was uncovered on Good Friday and represents the Crucifixion. There the erection of which is due to the exertions of the late Dr. Mopsell.
only remain now two not of staiped-glass.-On Wednesday in Holy Week Tbe total cost of the structure is £12,000, nearly the whole of which the Chaplain-General of the Forces held & Confirmation at the Royal Amount has been raised by subscriptions.—The church of Kingstanley,
Military Asylum, Chelsea, and eighty soldier boys received the Layiog on Gloucestershiee, which has been undergoing considerable alteration and
of Hands. On Easter Day nearly the whole of them received their first restoration during the last two years, at a cost of £3,000 or £4,000, has
Communion.-At St. Paul's, Clerkenwell, 182 children were baptized on been reopened, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol preaching on the
Easter Tuesday.—The suggestion to build a church at Clifton for the occasion. The Rev. A. H. Stanton and the Rev. R. H. Clutterbuck were
Rev. Flavel s. Cook seems, it is said, “ to be falling from the memory of announced to preach on Sunday. There was no idea that any alteration
those who made it."-Prebendary Milward has resigned the office of would be made, and the congregation were naturally surprised to hear
proctor in Convocation for the Diocese of Bath and Wells in consequence the Bishop bimself make the announcement, previous to commencing his
of ill-health.-The chapel at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, is being sermon (after quietly speaking to the Vicar), that it was his duty to
embellished by the insertion of four new stained-glass windows, the say that on Sunday next sermons would be preached in the morning and
gift of Dr, and Mrs. Geldart. One window represents our Blessed Lord evening by the Bishop of the Diocese, thus virtually inhibiting both the as a shepherd, bearing a lamb in His arms; and the other, the Child Revs. Messrs. Stanton and Clutterbuck.- The parish church of Aldburgh,
Jesus and His Mother, where He says, “Wist ye not that I must be has been efficiently restored, and on Thursday was reopened, the Bishop
about My Father's business ? "-Five hundred and thirty-four clergyof Norwich being the preacher.
men of the Irish Church have formally protested against the statutes
passed by the General Synod in 1875.-'The Special Evening Services EASTER DAY AT THE GREEK CHURCH.—This year Easter and the cycle
in Westminster Abbey for this season commenced on Low Sunday.of festivals dependent upon it fell on the same days in the East and in
The Rev. J. Tagert, twenty-one years curate at Bideford, has been the West. The service at the Greek Church, London-wall, attracted a
appointed Rector of Morwenstow.--Wilcot Church, near Pewsey, far larger attendance than the building could accommodate, and many | Wilts, has been destroyed by fire.-The Tablet reports the death at persons were unable to obtain admittance. The floor of the church and
| Rome of the Rev. R. Simpson, formerly Vicar of Mitcham, who left the i he marble steps leading to the altar were strewn with laurel leaves in
Church of England about thirty years ago. Mr. Simpson was some commemoration of the Redeemer's triomph over death; and for the
time Editor of the Rambler.-At St. Bartholomew's, Brighton, on Easter black curtain which from time to time covered the principal entrance to
morning, the first celebration of the Blessed Sacrament took place at the sanctuary on the afternoon of Good Friday, one of white satin,
4.45; and at St. John-the-Divide, Kennington, the first celebration was embroidered with gold was substituted. In addition to the light of the
at half-past four. At even song it was found necessary to close the doors huge central candelabrum, and a number of gigantic candles in front of
long before the commencement of service, the crowd trying to gain the sanctuary, the glimmering of hundreds of long tapers held in the
admittance being so great.-The Bishop of Hereford commenced his right hands of the male worshippers during various portions of the
Visitation on Monday. The Bishop of Lincoln intends holding a Visiservice, and which were in the first instance lighted froin a large candle
tation, commencing on Tuesday, October 17, at Lincoln Cathedral.held by the venerable Archimandrite on the steps leading from the altar,
A suit is threatened against the Rev. C. Bodington, at the instance of almost completely shut out the bright morning sunshine, although occa
seventy-five parishioners. On the other hand, “ fifteen hundred residents, sionally blue, scarlet, and violet rays, forcing an entrance through the
including four hundred and ten communicants, have signed an Address many-coloured windows, and falling in polychromatic beauty upon the
praying to be let alone." One of the “ aggrieved ” parishioners is a Jew. floor, walls, and the faces of the worshippers, gave evidence that a light
-On Sunday the Rev. E. A.J. FitzRoy preached his farewell sermons at brighter than any artificial one was shining outside the walls of the
St. Paul's, Mill-hill, and in the afternoon held an out-door service on sacrid edifice. The Archimandrite was clad in a long robe of cloth of
the site given for a new church to be dedicated to St. Michael and All silver, above which was a gorgeous cope of cloth of gold, and he wore,
Angels, by Commander Perceval, R.N., who had written from Naples except at intervals, the customary sable high cap or mitre. The service,
asking Mr. FitzRoy to do so before he resigned.-On Saturday the wbich commenced at eleven o'clock and did not terminate until one
Bishop Suffragan of Dover, acting for the Archbishop of Canterbury, o'clock, was a most impressive one, and at its conclusion a flower-strewn
consecrated a cemetery at Norwood. Two mortuary chapels are to be table, covered with a snowy cloth, was placed in front of the sanctuary.
| erected in it, one for Churchmen, the other for Nonconformists, at a cost Upon it were laid two handsomely-decorated baskets filled with crimson
of £25,000.-The Archdeacon of Ely, in bis visitation charge delivered at stained eggs, and these were distributed to the congregation by the
Cambridge on Saturday, advocated the granting of facilities for acquireArchimandrite, each recipient reverently kissing his hand as he or she
ing fresh burial-grounds to be opened to all, while, as to services, he received the eggs. The congregation then separated, the members
should see no objection, at the request of the friends of the deceased, to bestowing outside upon their friends and acquaintances the customary
allow silent burial in consecrated grounds, or to the use by like kiss of peace, exclaiming as they did so, “Christ has risen,” and receiving
| request of some other service prepared by competent authority. in return the beautiful response “He has truly risen."- Guardian. -The Rev. G. W. Mapping, Vicar of St. Petrock Minor, Coru
ALL Souls' COLLEGE, OXFORD.-The work of restoration at the fine wall, died on Saturday. He bad his coffin made some years ago, chapel of All Souls' College is being continued, prominent among it furnished with mattress and pillow, in which he constantly slept.being the magnificent reredos, which is justly considered to be the finest The oldest Clergyman in the Diocese of London, the Rev. Dr. Vivian, pot only in England but in Europe. The last addition made was the Rector of St. Peter-le-Poer, City, died last week. The benefice is worth erection of the central piece, which consists of a Crucifixion group in about £1,200 a-year, and, it is said, will be conferred by the Dean and high relief. The architecture has been completed, and the greater Chapter of St. Paul's on the Rev. J. H. Coward.— The new chapel of portion of the sculpture is in situ. It will consist, when quite finished, Keble College, Oxford, was opened yesterday. Canon Liddon was the of 35 statues and 100 statuettes surrounding the above-mentioned Cruci preacher at Evensong. The principal features of the decoration of the fixion centrepiece, and each of the statues stands in an elaborately-carved interior are painted glass in the windows and mosaics in panels on the canopied piche. The subjects of the principal statues, which form three walls. tiers or stages are:-First tier: St. Jude, St. Simon, St. Pbilip, St. Bartholomew, St. Andrew, St. Peter, St. Michael, St. Paul, St. James,
MR. C. S. GRUEBER'S DECLARATION. St. Matthew, St. James-the-less, and St. Matthias. Second tier: The Duke of York; John Talbot, the great Earl of Shrewsbury, in the We have been requested to publish the following Letter addressed to attitude of planting his flag ander the walls of Rouen; Michael, Earl of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The Declaration which follows being too Suffolk; John, Duke of Bedford; St. Jerome, St. Gregory, St. John the
| long for our space, we give its main portions:-Baptist, St. Augustine, St. Ambrose, Thomas Duke of Clarence ; Humphrey Duke of Gloucester ; an archer; and Thomas Montacute, Earí
“Hambridge Vicarage, Curry Rivell, Taunton, of Salisbury. Tbird tier : The present Earl Bathurst (the senior fellow
“March 30, 1876. of All Souls', and the munificent donor of the reredos), Catherine of “My dear Lord, I beg leave to place in your lordship's bands, as my France, Henry V., Margaret of Anjou, Archbishop Chichele, the group diocesan, the accompanying Declaration, which is to be made public. of the Crucifixion, Henry VI., Bishop Warbam, John Gaunt, Bishop | “ It is my defence against cbarges of disloyalty and disobedience in
not accepting decisions of the Judicial Committee as the law of this that ministereth in every parish church or chapel, being at home and not Church and realm.'
being reasonably hindered, shall say daily the Morniog and Evening "I desire to add here that I take no part in any movement that inay Prayer in the parish church or chapel where he ministereth ;' in other have for its object the severance of members of the Church of England words, who offend in the omission during the course of the year of no from its communion, it being my settled purpose to cling to the old less than between six and seven huodred services, which they are pledged Church of this land, my Bishop, and my people.
to perform “I cannot conclude this leiter without an expression of thankfulness "Your lordships, so far from accepting the ruling of the Judicial to your lordship for acts of personal and official kindness oftentimes Committee, that, in the performance of the services of the Church, received. Believe me to be, my lord, your very faithful servant, • Acts not prescribed ' are to be taken as forbidden,' in other words,
"C. S. GRUEBER. that omission is prohibition, do coustantly and habitually conduct those “ To the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells.”
services, and sanction their being conducted, in disregard of such ruliag. “DECLARATION.
“ Your lordships, with two exceptions it is believed, do not yourselves
deem it obligatory or needful to obey the decisions of the Court in the “ In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
case of Hebbert v. Purchas' with regard to the vestments of the minister "], the undersigned, priest, bound by the solemo ties of holy baptism, in the celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. confirmation, the Blessed Sacrament, and holy orders, to the Church of “Your lordships in one notable instance seem to have felt, with ourEngland, a true and loyal son, loving her with all fidelity and devoted to selves, acquiescence in the decision of the Judicial Committee to be her ministry, feel coostrained, in the present emergency, to declare : impossible. When the authors of certain writings, known as Essays and
“(1.) That it is a first principle of the Church of England, as repeatedly | Reviews, had been acquitted by the Court, February 8, 1864, as not avowed in the Prayer Book, the Articles, the Homilies, Acts of Parlia teaching doctrine contrary to the doctrine of the Church of England, ment, Royal declarations, and other public documents of the time of the your lordships forth with proceeded, June 21, 1864, to 'condemn synodiReformation and subsequently to it, not to deny or disparage, but to pro cally the said volume as containing teaching contrary to the doctrine fess and to embrace what is truly Primitive' and Catholic,' as well in received by the United Church of England and Ireland in common with matter of ritual as of doctrine."
the whole Catholic Church of Christ.' Uoquestionably it may with That the 30th Canon of A.D. 1602, which is a cauon on ritual and truth be said here, citing once more your lordships' Pastoral in reference binding on the Clergy, reaffirms this principle, and very distinctly, in to these decisions, Obedience has been avowedly refused.' that it declares that the Church of England "only departed” from the “ March 31, 1876."
(Signed) C. S. GRUEBER." sister “Churches of Italy, France, Spain, Germany, or any such like Churches " so far as they had fallen from themselves in their ancient integrity.”
Letters to the Editor. That in the Savoy Conference of A.D. 1661 the bishops in their “ Answer to the Exceptions of the Ministers ” say, “Our Church doth everywhere profess, as she ought, to conform to the Catholic usages of
“ As Brevity is the Soul of Wit' so short Letters are certainly more readthe Primitive times."
able than long ones. In my judgment an Editor should not be pestered with That, to the same effect, the Preface to the Book of Common Prayer any which are not brief, concise, well-written, and to the point ; signed condemns the “striking at ” a “ laudable practice of the whole Catholic
openly and honestly, with their writers' names."-CHARLES LAMB. Church of Christ.”
MR. EARLE ON THE SPIRITUAL BODY. " That it cannot be denied that the following usages -- the mixed
SIR, -As the minds of your readers are deeply stirred at present by chalice, lights at the celebration of the Holy Sacrament, eucharistic
questions affecting the mutual relations of Church and State, the time vestments, the eastward position of the celebrant, and that of incense
may to some of them seem ill-chosen for adverting to a subject which has are • Primitive' and Catholic,' and of the ancient integrity of the
never been a matter of debate between the Churches or sects into which Church ;' and that a cruet or vessel for the water of the mixed chalice,
Christendom is unhappily divided--I mean the resurrection of the body. candlesticks for the use of the altar, a censer for incense were orpaments Since, however, you were so kind as to draw attention to my volume on of the church, as well as that eucharistic vestments were ornaments of “The Spiritual Body” in your first number, I venture to address a few the minister, in the second year of King Edward VI.'
remarks on this topic to you in the hope that they may not be thought " That some of these usages have the letter of the law, plainly, ex- altogether without interest. The clergy and laity of the Church of pressly, directly, in their favour; others have the letter of the law
England have hitherto usually acquiesced in a belief of the future resurindirectly ; not one of them being prohibited by any rubric, canon, rection of the natural body potwithstaoding her ministers read over the injunction, or other authority.
remains of every one of her inembers an emphatic denial of that doctrine
by the inspired Apostle Paul. In the most solemn of moments, standing “ That, for these reasons, I am unable to accept the recent decisions surpliced on the brink of the grave, ainid the sobs and tears of surroundof the Judicial Committee, which affirın that the said usages are pro | ing relatives, the clergyman reads the longest and most definite passage hibited in the Church of England ucder penalties of suspension and of Scripture relative to the resurrection, and in this the notion of the deprivation, as true definitions of the law of the Church; nay, more, natural body ever rising agaio in its natural condition is set aside three I hold them to be contrary and repugnant to that law, aod wholly times at least in the plainest language:irreconcileable with her avowed priociple, and in dutiful regard for the 1. “Thou fool! :.. Thou sowest not that body that shall be." Catholic position of the Church of England, and for the protestations 2. “It is sown a natural body ; it is raised a spiritual body.' she has made before all Christendom, and in the love that I have for 3. “ The dead shall be raised incorruptible.” truth, I feel submission to be a thing forbidden me.
But although the large majority of members of the Church of England, "(II.) That this inability to submit to the decisions referred to is go less than those of Rom: alio, have completely reversed these declarastrengthened by the conviction, that not only are such decisions opposed tions in their own minds, and have maintained :to the principle and to the law of the Church of England, but that they 1. That they do sow in the grave the body that shall be ; are inconsistent and conflicting one with another.
2. Tha', beiog soisa a natural body, it will be raised a natural body,
- It is not thought necessary to dwell here upon the very grave errors
3. That the dead will be raised in their corruptible-patural-bodiesthat are incorporated in the judgmeots, and upon which the decisions in in this very flesh," as some of whom I have read were fond of saying question are on some points based ; or to do more than express astonish while pinching up the skin of their wrists,-altbough, I say, the majority ment at the passage of the Pastoral of the Bishops, March 1st, 1875. in of Anglicans now, and a still larger majority in times past, have believed which the same decisions, being referred to, are siogularly described as this, there have been some, and those men of high repate, who have the law' of this Church and R:alm'thus clearly interpreted.'
pro ested against the popular belief as a corrupt tradition. A Catena “One tbing, however, is of far 100 great moment to be passed by Filiorum, if not a Catena Patrum, might be formed from their writings unnoticed in Hebbert v. Purchas.' The Judges say of the mixed and continued down to the present day; but I will conteot myself with chalice' in the Blessed Sacrament, Christ Himself is believed to have mentioning the names and works of the principal among them:used it.' And yet in the very same breath, and as if wholly ignorant of John Locke. Reply to the Bishop of Worcester. the existence of th: fi:al clause of the Twenty-eighth Article, which | Dr. Henry More. The Grand Mystery of Godliness. binds the Church of England to Christ's Ordinance,' they declare-the Bishop Newton, Dissertation 58. Archbishop of York and the Bishop of London being members of the Riv. Dr. Sykes. Enquiry into the insertion of the Article on the court-the Church b:s forbidden' it! Here is condemned, not only Resurrection of the Body in the Creeds. the invariable use of the ó whole Catholic Church of Christ,' but Christ's Archbishop Whately. Scripture Revelations concerning a Future State. own use.
Bishop Watson. Apology for the Bible. "(III.) That, further, there are special reasons, over and above those Dr. Kitto. Biblical Encyclopædia. Art. Resurrection of the Body. already given, which, it is submitted, should, morally and religiously, Sir Humphrey Davy. Last Days of a Philosopher. have weight with your lordships to stay your hands from aiding and Professor Philips. Chemistry of Common Life. abetting the attempt now being made to enforce obedience to the deci. Isaac Taylor. Physical Theory of another Life. sions in question ; or from even pressiog in any wise their acceptance Rev. Dr. Burton. Bampton Lectures. 1829. upon our consciences as being, in the language of the Pastoral alluded | Rev. J. C. Stockbridge, D.D., United States. Theories of the Resurrec. to, judicial interpretations,' which we, the clergy, are bound by every tion. consideration to obey.' Such are the following:
Rev. E. H. Sears, United States. Foregleams of Immortality. Your lordships fail to insist upon the obedience of that section of Rev, B. Wrey Savile. Apparitions. the clergy who are the accusers of our brethren '-members of an Hon. and Rev. W. H. Lyttelton. Scripture Revelations of the Life of association which pays its hireling two guineas' on Sundays " for Man after Death. attendance at early Communion' as a spy upon the priest whilst Rev. Canon Perowne, joint author of the above. "executing the holy ministry,'—and who themselves openly offend, not Rev. H. N. Grimley, Tremadoc Sermons, on the Spiritual Body, &c. In only in the less important, but also in the weightier matters of the law,' the press. and where the obligations of the law are undisputed and indisputable- Rev. Aug. Clissold. Voice from the New Church Porch. as, e g., in the neglect of the due observance of the festivals, fasts, and l am not sure that Dr. Stockbridge and Mr. Sears are members of the vigils of the Church, and of the order, that-either in its original form | Episcopal Church, but at any rate their names may stand. Now it is or as abbreviated A.D. 1872 for their special convenience the curate surprising that Anglican writers in support of the Spiritual Body are not
THE ENGLISH CHURCH UNION. Sir,—There is no one, whether Conservative or Radical, who does not feel how utterly the E.C.U. has failed either to excogitate a policy, to guide the perplexed, or to point out a way of escape from the Erastian burden so efficiently laid upon us all.
I know that the Council has, from time to time, contained men of principle and power ; but these, alas ! have been either discreetly overborne or cleverly out-voted by others; while ordinary members have only bad the privilege of paying their subscriptions and abiding by wbat the Council might think fit to determine.
One great unreality has been the technical meeting of ornamental members. True, members met from time to time to discuss the Council's propositions; true, they talked over resolutions and amendments; true, they sometimes disagreed with the Council, and carried their point. But, after all the ordinary members had left the room, as I know hy experience, the Council took good care to treat such action with quiet contempt, and take no notice of it.
I have some reason for believing that the Rev. T. W. Perry, one of the most resolute Ritualistic Erastians, who, in no very good taste, was the first to rush forward with a Case for Lord Penzance, and to gush over wbat he obsequiously calls - The Arches' Court,"-has been at the bottom of much of the mischief which I deplore.
A MEMBER OF THE E.C.U. [Our correspondent should remember (1) that the only organisation in existence for defence of our rights is that which he criticises; and (2) that Churchmen are so grievously divided that any other combined action seems impossible of accomplishment.-Ed. Pilot.)
THE NEW LAMBETH COURT. SIR,-Allow me, while congratulating you on the excellence of your “ Prospectus," to put this plain and simple question to the clergy in general through The Pilot. I have asked my own Rector and can obtain no frank and satisfactory reply.
Lord Penzance has for many years been engaged, under Parliamentary authority, in openly transgressing the express rules of our Prayer Book, by decreeing and pronouncing divorces,- yet (without protest from Convocation), he is now appointed by the two Archbishops to explain the rubrics of that very book. Surely the question for the laity as well as the clergy is—"Can we as Christians submit to be bound either in conscience or in action by his decrees? ”
That is my question, and it seems to me to concern the laity (that is, the flocks of the clergy) quite as much as the Pastors themselves.
John C. BURGESS, M.A. Upper Baker.street, March, 1876
more numerous, since we know that the resurrection of the natural body in its unaltered condition is impossible. I say impossible, because its particles soon become chemically decomposed, resolve into gases, and enter into the bodily structure of an ever-increasing number of other persons. Its molecules, therefore, can never be re-collected, first, because they have no separate, independent existence, and secondly, because they could not be taken from other bodies, of which they form part, without completely marring their integrity. The very idea of such an event is, in the light of modern science, so monstrous and absurd that to repeat “this very flesh," as the wrist-pinchers used to do, is as senseless as the prayer of the lamas and people in Tibet, “Oh! treasure of the lotus ! oh! yes !” Such a charm has this sentence for the Tibetians that lamas, specially selected, travel through the country with mallet and chisel to inscribe the words on rocks and stones and trees. But are those among ourselves more wise tban lamas who inscribe on tablets and tombstones in every church and burial-ground affirmations about the rising of the natural body, which are flat contradictions of the words of the Apostle, “Thou sowest not that body that shall be,” and “It is raised a spiritual body" ?
But here, perbaps, some one will reply, as indeed I find a writer in the Church Review of March 25th saying, “ Not anyone, I suppose, holds that the risen body will be subject to the same conditions as the body now is; our bodies then, like our Lord's, will bave a subtilty and agility they do not now possess.” But this really concedes everything. The change of conditions implies change of structure, and a total absence of atomic integrity. In like manner Perrone says it is not necessary that the risen body should be composed of all and each of the same particles which compose the present body; and St. Thomas Aquinas—the great authority in the Roman Catholic Church-is decisive in his language on this point. He, in effect, gives up altogether the resurrection of the natural body at the last day though he professes to maintain it, for he allows that it will not rise entire; that it will not have animal life; that all will rise in the same age and in an average stature, dwarfs being elated to a full height, giants proportionately depressed, children promoted to a ripe age, and old people restored to youth,—that is, though St. Thomas did not mean it, not having one single molecule they possessed in their mortal life. But I will quote the passages lest I should be thought to misrepresent:
1. The body will not rise entire.
“Non resurget totum, consideratâ totalitate materiæ.” “Totum quod fuit in corpore de veritate humanæ naturæ resurget in ipso ;-- sed quicquid fuerit materialiter in membris, non resurget totum." Summa Minor. Tract. xlvi. Quæstio 80.
2. It will not have animal life.
“Omnes resurgent in diversis sexibus, sicut in diversis staturis ;non autem in vita animali.” Quæstio 81.
3. All will rise in the same age.
“Reducetur humana natura per resurrectionem ad statum ultimæ perfectionis, qui est in juvenili ætate.” Quæstio 81.
4. Defects will be supplied; overgrowths cut down.
“Si virtus formativa propter aliquem defectum non poterat perducere ad debitam quantitatem quæ competit speciei, divina virtus supplebit in resurrectione defectum; sicut patet in nanis; et eadem ratio est de illis qui immoderatæ magnitudinis fuerunt ultra debitum naturæ.” Quæs. tio 81.
5. Noble humours will be substituted for foul superfluities.
"Intestina resurgent in corpore, sicut et alia membra: et plena erunt non quidem turpibus superfluitatibus sed nobilibus humoribus." Questio 80.
Now, Sir, allow me to ask what becomes of this very flesh ” and the wrist-pinchers of old time in view of these statements of the great mediæval divine? If an aged man were suddenly restored to the bloom of youth, we all know that he would not have one atom of his former body.
But if the resurrection of the natural body, as such, is impossible accurding to Scripture, Science, and the Doctors of the Church, in what sense are we to understand the resurrection of the dead? I answer, without hesitation, in that sense which alone harmonises with the Scriptures and removes all the difficulties of the problem. The second coming of our Lord is still perhaps very remote, though the Apostles and early Christians thought it near at hand. Meanwhile the resurrection comes to each man when he dies. We carry about with us a spiritual body, which will rise from the grave of the natural body at the moment of dissolution to be the envelope and organ of the immortal spirit. By this body our identity will be preserved and we shall pass into that sphere of existence for which our antecedents bave prepared us. In this body mary have re-appeared to their brethren on earth, and in this the saints will come from Paradise with our Lord when He shall return according to His promise. There is, as I have shown elsewhere, nothing in this view that is inconsistent with the creeds and formulas of the Catholic Church. Whatever ideas your readers may entertain respecting the true standard of faith and morals, they need not fear that any ultimate authority will ever affirm that natural bodies will rise again in their natural condition when St. Paul says they will not; or that we have not a spiritual body when St. Paul says we have; or that the dead will be raised corruptible, when St. Paul says “ the dead shall be raised incorruptible." If wrist-pinchers, crying “this very flesh !” should urge forward an ecclesiastical decision in the hope of making their extravagant notions triumph; that decision would after long delay, in my opinion, be disappointing to their expectation. I cannot believe it possible that the Church will set herself in direct opposition to the plain and positive teaching of physical science, particularly when those who adhere to the doctrine of the spiritual body, heartily subscribe, as I do, the Creeds of the Church in regard to the resurrection. Those who are now looked on with suspicion in this controversy as innovators or rebels will perhaps ere long be counted among the most conservative, since the explanations which they offer are reconcileable with Scripture, Science and Common Sense, which those of their oppo. nents are not
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