By Kenneth Carleton
The English bishops performed an important function within the technique of Reformation within the 16th century, from the 1st arrival of continental Reformed suggestion to the digital extinction of the place of work in 1559. This paintings has at its middle the bishops' personal figuring out of the episcopate, drawn from their surviving writings and different modern discussions; one of these research is vital to figuring out what turned of the English Church of the center a long time and what it was once to develop into less than Elizabeth. Carleton examines the interaction among bishop and king, the episcopate within the context of different orders, and the social context of the place of work; he experiences episcopal job in key parts reminiscent of preaching, ordaining, and opposing heresy; and he notes the impression of the versions which the bishops themselves organize as beliefs, so much significantly Christ himself because the excellent bishop. The backgrounds of the bishops are set out within the appendix.
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59r. 22 THEOLOGIES OF EPISCOPACY IN MID-TUDOR ENGLAND dormant powers which were activated only in the case of necessity. Rather, the essential act in conferring the of®ce of bishop lay, for Cranmer, in the appointment itself. The doctrine of the royal supremacy over matters spiritual extended to the supplying in the Church whatever might be lacking, even under certain circumstances to include supplying its ministers. 42 They were divided, however, over the matter of the making of priests by laymen.
Looking at the other answers, an alternative explanation of appointing in this sense is presented. Barlow asserted that `onely the appoyntyng' was required; the text continues immediately, as if in agreement, with the opinion of another of the commissioners that `onlie the appoynting cum manuum impositione [by the laying on with hands] is suf®cient withoute consecratio'. Most of the other commissioners were clear `that consecration is requisite . . [it] hath ben receyuid frome the appostells tyme, and institute of the hoile goste to conserve grace'.
37 This extreme example of a possible consequence of erastianism in action in the making of bishops was not without precedent. 46r. , The Anglican Ordinal, Alcuin Club Collections, LIII (London, 1971), p. 15. The traditio or porrectio instrumentorum was the handing over of the instruments or vessels to be used by the ordinand in his new of®ce. Different objects symbolized the order, both minor and major, being conferred. The action was seen by the majority of Scholastic theologians as the matter (the essential outward action) of the sacrament of order.
Bishops and Reform in the English Church, 1520-1559 by Kenneth Carleton