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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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lOfi THE PUBLIC LAW OF FINLAND.

are to direct and control tlie administration of
Church property, and to exercise a surveillance
over ecclesiastical morals and discipline.

The parishioners meet and decide by
resolution upon the financial affairs of the parish.
The law has determined the matters (loans, sale
of real estate, &c.) on which the decision of the
meeting, in order to be valid, requires
Government approval. The law of 1869 authorises,
under certain conditions, all members of the
Church to form religious assemblies in which
laymen have the right to speak.

The bishops are appointed by the Emperor
from among the three candidates who received
the most votes at the election. The right of
election belongs to the clergy of the diocese.

As regards the rectors of parishes, their
nomination is also based on suffrage. The
parishioners vote for one of the three
candidates who have applied for the appointment and
whose candidature has been approved by the
chapter. The one who obtains a majority of
votes is appointed by the chapter, except in
those parishes where the appointment of the

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