Church and State in the Modern Age: A Documentary History

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government or the churches . . . . For its initial organization it shall be composed of Protestant notables appointed by the government, and the two senior pastors of Paris.

7. When a professorial chair of the Reformed communion becomes vacant in the faculty of theology, the Central Council receives the votes of the consistories and transmits them, with its recommendation, to the minister.


Chapter III. Special Arrangements for the Church of the Augsburg Confession

8. Churches and consistories of the Augsburg Confession shall be placed under the authority of the superior . . . consistory, and of the directory.

9. The superior consistory shall be composed of: (1) two lay deputies for each superintendency [inspection], who may be chosen from outside the superintendency district; (2) the ecclesiastical superintendents; (3) a seminary professor, representative of his body; (4) the president of the directory, who is ex officio president of the superior consistory, and a lay member of the directory appointed by the government.

10. The superior consistory shall be convened by the government, either at the wish of the directory or of its own accord. It meets at least once a year. At the opening of the session, the directory makes a report of its administration. The superior consistory sees to the maintenance of the constitution and discipline of the church. It makes . . . regulations concerning internal administration . . . . It approves liturgical books and formularies which are used in worship or religious instruction. It has the right to supervise and investigate accounts of consistorial administration.

11. The directory shall be composed of a president, a lay member, and an ecclesiastical superintendent, appointed by the government; and of two deputies appointed by the superior consistory. The directory . . . nominates pastors and submits their appointment to the government . . . . It authorizes . . . with government approval, a pastor's transfer from one charge to another. It supervises the teaching and discipline of seminaries and of the Protestant colleges called gymnasiums. With government approval, it appoints teachers . . . . It gives its detailed recommendation concerning candidates to chairs of the theological faculty.

12. Ecclesiastical superintendents shall be appointed by the government on the request of the directory . . . .

13. The consistory of Paris will officially represent the superior consistory of Strassburg to the government . . . . The directory may specially designate a lay notable, residing at Paris, to represent it conjointly with the consistory.

Source: Jean B. Duvergier (ed.), Collection complete des lois décrets, ordonnances, reglements, avis du conseil d'état ( Paris, 1834-1906), III, 384-386.


SUGGESTIONS FOR BACKGROUND AND REFERENCE

G. de Felice, History of the Protestants of France ( London, 1853), II, 316-339.

K. S. Latourette, Christianity in a Revolutionary Age ( New York, 1958- 1962), II, 228-229.

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