31 AUGUST 1872, Page 3

The Guardian reports a very remarkable ecclesiastical case in Illinois.

The Episcopalian Bishop in that State had deposed a minister, the Rev. C. E. Cheney, from the Ministry, and Mr. Cheney appealed to the civil power. The Supreme Court decided that it could not interfere in a purely ecclesiastical ease, religious liberty being guaranteed by the Constitution, and upheld the decision. Mr. Cheney thereupon claimed the tem- poralities, and insisted on preaching in his church ; but the Supreme Court again held that the decision of the superior clerical tribunal covered the temporalities, and was final and binding, even though the special congregation took the Minister's side. That decision is much stronger than anything done by the School Board in the O'Keeffe case, and is given in the least religious of all American States.