Thomas Cartwright on public theft

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
... Q. What is the sacrilege that consists in things spiritual?

A. When the Church is deprived of sound doctrine, through the insufficiency, or negligence, or corruption of he Pastors and Teachers. ...

Q. What is that Sacrilege which consists in things temporal?

A. When the goods of the Church are taken from them to whom they belong; or when men make sale or merchandize of Benefices and Church-livings.

Q. What is the theft of the Common-wealth?

A. When the common goods are either taken away, or applied to any private use, or when rewards are given, or taken, to corrupt judgment; or when men become like false coiners of money, washers, or clippers, or the like. ...

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