Ecclesiastical courts

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courts for maintaining the discipline of the Established Church; - called also Christian courts.

See also: Ecclesiastical

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He was never seen on 'Change, nor at the Bank, nor in the counting-rooms of the "City"; no ships ever came into London docks of which he was the owner; he had no public employment; he had never been entered at any of the Inns of Court, either at the Temple, or Lincoln's Inn, or Gray's Inn; nor had his voice ever resounded in the Court of Chancery, or in the Exchequer, or the Queen's Bench, or the Ecclesiastical Courts.
For seven years afterwards he remained, at the strong intercession of his friends, comparatively quiet; saving that he, every now and then, took occasion to display his zeal for the Protestant faith in some extravagant proceeding which was the delight of its enemies; and saving, besides, that he was formally excommunicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, for refusing to appear as a witness in the Ecclesiastical Court when cited for that purpose.
Noel Vanstone ever discovers that you have knowingly married him under a false name, he can apply to the Ecclesiastical Court to have his marriage declared null and void.
At times the church accommodated in order to disadvantage the alternative, as by accepting the testimony of ("God fearing") Muslim witnesses in ecclesiastical courts in order to insure their use.
But where ecclesiastical courts feared to tread, Whig politicians rushed in to drag marriage out of the mystical realm and into the secular.
If having the courage to open up ' new areas' to God includes, as Vatican Insider reports, new ecclesiastical courts that would handle sex abuse cases -- finally acknowledging and attacking the scandals -- even the most obdurate non- believer would have to say that Pope Francis' arrival might end up doing some good for humanity.
Marriage customs in late medieval and early modern Italy have attracted increasing scholarly interest in the last ten years with the work of Joanne Ferraro on marital conflicts in Venice, Giovanni Romeo on efforts to end concubinage in Naples, and a series of collections edited by Silvana Seidel Menchi and Diego Quaglioni on matrimony viewed through the lens of the ecclesiastical courts.
The state courts of Florida are not ecclesiastical courts, and the entanglement of religious doctrine in a criminal trial is the kind of breach of church-state separation that not only prejudices the defendant but also injures the interests of the diverse religious communities that thrive in our society in part by virtue of their independence from the operations of the state.
It will not intervene in cases awaiting decisions from civil or ecclesiastical courts," the notice said.
The exceptions are those who defy church policy and force the issue into ecclesiastical courts.
uk/probate "Wills which were proved in the Welsh ecclesiastical courts before the introduction of Civil Probate on 11 January, 1858 have long been deposited at the National Library of Wales.
Archbishop Peers also notes a rise in "litigiousness," or bishops being summoned in both secular and ecclesiastical courts for various matters, the extent of which was "unknown in previous generations.