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- negotiation of the balance of powers between king and Parliament, and it therefore pertained to the secular sphere. In the preceding years, the Presbyterian ministers of the Westminster Assembly had claimed for the church the control of the access to the sacraments and the power to excommunicate. Ascham reminded that as God-given ‘right-of dominion’ was a ‘sacred theme’, many ‘divines

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appointed by God as ‘seedbed and seminary’ of the commonwealth ‘to teach church, state, and society essential Christian and political norms and habits’ (J. Witte, From Sacrament to Contract: Marriage, Tradition and Law in the Western Tradition (Louisville, KY, 1991 ), p. 9). Therefore, divorce was rejected insofar as the dissolution of the ‘little commonwealth’ embodied by

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group of Catholic parents in response to the refusal of the Catholic Church in 1973 to administer the sacrament of confirmation to their children because they were attending state-controlled schools, but it quickly became an interdenominational movement (see Bardon, 2009 ). 10 Peter Robinson, whose constituency Lagan College

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