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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Parish boundaries were antiquated and had long since ceased to correspond with social realities or pastoral needs, while the administrative structure of parishes over France as a whole ‘almost defies description by its complexity’. Responsibility for the administration of church property and revenues and the maintenance of the church building lay with the churchwardens and the vestry or fabrique, while wealthy urban parishes might employ a variety of officials. The state of churches was improving overall, but there were still many examples of dilapidated and badly maintained buildings. Disputes over the costs of repairing church buildings and presbyteries could cause long and acrimonious disputes between priests and parishioners.

Keywords: church administration; church buildings; churchwardens; curés; fabriques; parishes

Chapter.  11045 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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