John McManners

in Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France Volume 1: The Clerical Establishment and its Social Ramifications

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198270034
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600685 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church


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The diocesan map of France was amazingly complex and confused. Dioceses varied in size enormously; fragmentation of jurisdiction was normal; ecclesiastical and secular jurisdictions did not coincide; and attempts at simplification came to nothing. But the Gallican Church did possess a highly developed sense of identity, embodied in the corps of bishops. Each diocese was divided into archdeaconries, though with little geographical or demographic consistency, and its own system of church courts. Bishops also made a real effort to maintain diocesan seminaries to keep up a supply of priests, though their austerity and narrow education attracted criticism.

Keywords: bishops; Church administration; church courts; dioceses; priests; seminaries

Chapter.  13805 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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