48. The Clerical Disabilities Act.
[February 13, 1641/2. 17 Car. I, cap. 27. Statutes of the Realm, v. 138.
See Hist. of Engl. x. 165.]
An Act for disenabling all persons in Holy Orders to exercise any
temporal jurisdiction or authority.
1. Whereas Bishops and other persons in Holy Orders ought not to be
entangled with secular jurisdiction, the office of the ministry being of such
great importance that it will take up the whole man; and for that it is found
by long experience that their intermeddling with secular jurisdictions hath
occasioned great mischiefs and scandal both to Church and State; His Majesty,
out of his religious care of the Church, and souls of his people, is graciously
pleased that it be enacted, and by authority of this present Parliament be it
enacted, that no Archbishop or Bishop or other person that now is or hereafter
shall be in Holy Orders, shall at any time after the 15th day of February, in
the Year of Our Lord one thousand six hundred forty-one  , have any
seat or place, suffrage, or voice, or use, or execute any power or authority in
the Parliaments of this realm, nor shall be of the Privy Council of His
Majesty, his heirs or successors, or Justice of the Peace of oyer and
terminer or gaol delivery, or execute any temporal authority by virtue
of any commission, but shall be wholly disabled and be incapable to have,
receive, use or execute any of the said offices, places, powers, authorities
and things aforesaid.
2. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that all acts
from and after the said 15th day of February, which shall be done or executed
by any Archbishop or Bishop, or other person whatsoever in Holy Orders, and all
and every suffrage or voice given or delivered by them or any of them, or other
thing done by them or any of them contrary to the purport and true meaning of
this present Act, shall be utterly void to all intents, constructions and
 I.e. 1641/2.
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