It is an article written in answer to a book by an ecclesiastical authority on the question of the ecclesiastical court, and the scope of its jurisdiction.
As far as Church jurisdiction is concerned he is apparently quite opposed to the separation of Church from State.
Compromise between the Church and State in such questions as, for instance, jurisdiction, is, to my thinking, impossible in any real sense.
If society, as a Church, had jurisdiction, then it would know when to bring back from exclusion and to reunite to itself.
Now the Church having no real jurisdiction, but only the power of moral condemnation, withdraws of her own accord from punishing the criminal actively.
"Because, in all probability you don’t believe yourself in the immortality of your soul, nor in what you have written yourself in your article on Church jurisdiction."
This is why the author of the book On the Foundations of Church Jurisdiction would have judged correctly if, in seeking and laying down those foundations, he had looked upon them as a temporary compromise inevitable in our sinful and imperfect days.
Secondly, that ’criminal and civil jurisdiction ought not to belong to the Church, and is inconsistent with its nature, both as a divine institution and as an organization of men for religious objects,’ and, finally, in the third place, ’the Church is a kingdom not of this world.’
What was said here just now is true too, that is, that if the jurisdiction of the Church were introduced in practice in its full force, that is, if the whole of the society were changed into the Church, not only the judgment of the Church would have influence on the reformation of the criminal such as it never has now, but possibly also the crimes themselves would be incredibly diminished.
There are no more uses of "jurisdiction" in the book.
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The state court has jurisdiction on this matter — not the federal court.
The Palestinian camp is outside the jurisdiction of the Lebanese state.