Chapter

The Clergy

Owen Chadwick

in The Popes and European Revolution

Published in print March 1980 | ISBN: 9780198269199
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269196.003.0002

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 The Clergy

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An account is given of the position of the clergy in the Catholic Church in Europe in the eighteenth century, before the Enlightenment. The following aspects are covered: numbers of clergy, private masses, the exemption of priests from taxation, dress, celibacy, training, examination before appointment to a parish, the ordination of coloured priests, confession, the residence of priests in their parishes, church repairs, the receptiva church in Italy (a form of parish administered by a college of priests and sometimes by laymen also), patronage and election, a priest's books, the clergy and secular work, missions, the sermon, the cathedral chapter, retirement and pension, the bishop, the residence of bishops (the requirement for a bishop to remain in his see), visitations, diocesan synods, and the bishop's powers.

Keywords: appointment; bishops; cathedral chapter; Catholic Church; celibacy; church repairs; clergy; confession; diocesan synods; dress; election; Europe; history; Italy; mass; missions; patronage; pension; power; priests; private masses; religious history; residence; retirement; sermon; taxation; training; visitations

Chapter.  51755 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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