The ‘Bon Curé’

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

 The ‘Bon Curé’

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The moral condition and worthiness of the parochial clergy was superior in the eighteenth century to what it had been in the early seventeenth century, with only a small minority guilty of gross misconduct. Parishioners did not expect their curé to live an austere life; rather they expected him to be helpful, honest, and generous to the poor. The priest was expected to have good relations with the local seigneur, for the benefit of the people, and where relations between people and lord were bad, the priest was usually on the people's side. Generosity to the poor was considered a particular duty of the curé.

Keywords: curés; parishes; patronage; poor relief

Chapter.  11848 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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