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

central organ of the Greek parishes in Finland,
a chapter composed of a presiding canon and
of three members, appointed, as are the priests,
by the Holy Synod at St. Petersburg, which
lias control over the clergy in all religious
matters. But the relations of the Greek parishes
with the State have been regulated by
legislative acts of the Finnish Government.

(55) Other Religions.

According to old ecclesiastical law,
Lutherans were not allowed to abandon their faith.
The law of 1869, on the contrary,
recognises the right of Lutherans to change to
another faith, according to the voice of their
conscience.

The principle of religious liberty thus
established, there remained the question of
determining the relations of dissenting communities
with the State. A Bill, prepared for that
purpose, was submitted to the Diet of 1877, but
did not pass. The Government lias prepared
a new measure upon which the Council, which

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