July 19, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

This is not a very clear explanation. What are we to understand by "clergy"? The interpretation may be very wide or very narrow according to the views of those who may discuss the question. The clergy, as I understand, are regularly ordained priests or ministers of any religious denomination. We have several religious bodies. Taking two great denominations of the Christian religion, the Roman Catholic and the Anglican, they have Tegularly ordained priests, and these are Tecognized as part of the clergy. But do the ministers of more democratic forms of religious government, such as the Presbyterian and Baptist,'come under the description of "clergy"?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
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