§ Bill, as amended, considered.
§ MR. NEWDEGATE
said, that the effect of the 12th clause of the Bill would be this, that the oath of canonical obedience would be retained as part of the service for the ordination of priests and the consecration of bishops, whilst the oath giving assent to the articles of religion of the Church of England and the oath of supremacy would not be retained in the service. He could not believe that it was the intention of the framers of the Bill to place a matter of mere discipline in the position of higher importance than a question involving obedience to the Sovereign.
§ SIR GEORGE GREY
said, that the oath of canonical obedience did not rest upon statute, whereas the oath as to assent to the articles of religion and as to the Royal supremacy rested upon the statute law. It was the statutory oath only that was dealt with by this Act, and there was no intention to interfere in any way with the canonical oath of obedience.
§ Bill to be read 3° To-morrow.