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Seven Bishops of the Church of England Imprisoned for not Reading Declaration of Indulgence

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Seven bishops of the Church of England (Canterbury, Bath, Bristol, Ely, St. Asaph, Chichester, and Peterborough) are imprisoned for not reading in the pulpit the Declaration of Indulgence for conscience, issued by King James II to help integrate Catholics into civil and ecclesiastical power. The "Seven Bishops" will be tried for seditious libel and found not guilty.

James II wants the declaration read from the pulpits simply because it's a quick and efficient means for getting the word out to everyone. These seven bishops, however, regard the Declaration of Indulgence as a challenge to their authority. The declaration endorses toleration of Catholics and Nonconformists, something which these bishops adamantly opposed.

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