His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical
succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.
He grows too proud in his authority, Lifting his lofty head above the clouds, And, like a steeple, overpeers the church: But we'll pull down his haughty insolence; And, as Pope Alexander, our progenitor, Trod on the neck of German Frederick, Adding this golden sentence to our praise, "That Peter's heirs should tread on Emperors, And walk upon the dreadful adder's back, Treading the lion and the dragon down, And fearless spurn the killing basilisk," So will we quell that haughty schismatic, And, by authority apostolical, Depose him from his regal government.
Make haste again, my good Lord Cardinals, And take our blessing apostolical.
We made no long stay in a place where they stopped their ears against the voice of God, but returned to the foot of that mountain which we had left some days before; we were surrounded, as soon as we began to preach, with a multitude of auditors, who came either in expectation of being instructed, or from a desire of gratifying their curiosity, and God bestowed such a blessing upon our apostolical
labours that the whole village was converted in a short time.
The Prior at length recollected himself sufficiently to be aware that he was compromising his dignity, by squabbling with such a hedge-priest as the Outlaw's chaplain, and being joined by his attendants, rode off with considerably less pomp, and in a much more apostolical
condition, so far as worldly matters were concerned, than he had exhibited before this rencounter.
(37) Baptists and their distinctives (essentially those described by Adams before Newman and by Mullins after him), especially the supremacy of the Lordship of Christ and the necessity of a regenerate church, were the only thorough restoration of the New Testament church ("the church apostolical
Mullock inscribed his copy of The Validity of Anglican Ordinations and Anglican Claims to Apostolical
Succession Examined (Philadelphia, 1848) by Richard Kenrick (1806-96), the archbishop of St.
Hand in hand with such malediction walks its positive analogue, papal benediction: "Make haste again, my good lord cardinals, / And take our blessing apostolical
In "Adherence to the Apostolical
Succession the Safest Course" or the fourth tract, John Keble, a leading figure in the Oxford Movement, argued that the ministry of the church and the pastoral duty of the clergy are part of God's "ineffable mystery":
"Elizabeth's reign is 'golden; Mary's is 'bloody,' the Church of England is 'pure and apostolical
The primitive apostolical
men, being daily and hourly accustomed to sacrifice and dedicate to God even ordinary things, by mixing them up with Christian and heavenly associations, might well consider everything as becoming ...