Religion, Scientific Practitioners
Discussing measures brought before the House of Commons concerning restrictions on the clergy, considers at length the 'evil of non-residence' (266). Observes: 'We cannot concur with some individuals in regarding the promotion of science, or the gratification of curiosity, as grounds on which a parish priest can be vindicated in neglecting the most important of all human duties, the care of the souls of his parishioners [...]. The neglect of those interests, no degree of literary or philosophical attainments can compensate'. Such pursuits are nevertheless accorded 'their due commendation, and to those who engage in them, our due tribute of respect as public benefactors' (267).
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