That in some other Crimes, a Conviction at Common Law may be the Foundation of a Proceeding in an Ecclesiastical Court, cannot well be denied. William Townshend, Parish Clerk of Warminster, about the Year 1726, being prosecuted in the Ecclesiastical Court, in order to be deprived [i.e. be removed from his positioni], for several Acts of Sodomitical Lewdness, besides other Vices and Immoralities, applies for a Prohibition, whic was granted by the King's Bench, quoad the Sodomotical Lewdness, which was indictable at Common Law; what was left to the Power of the Ordinary, amounting to no further Censure than a Monition, the Proceedings stopped, and, notwithstanding the great Offence that it created, he continued to join with the Mnister in the Doxology, and sung on to the Praise and Glory of God. The Parish were at last so far scandalized, that an Indictment was preferred against him at the Expence of the Parish; he was convicted, punished, and then the Court granted a Consultation, that the Ordinary, upon that Conviction, might deprive him.
SOURCE: An Answer To a late Pamphlet, Entitled An Examination of the Scheme of Church Power laid down in the Codex Juris Ecclesiastici Anglicani, &c., By the Author of The Parallel [a certain Andrews], London: Printed for J. Roberts, 1735, p. 141.
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