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Collaborators of the 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198270038.003.0014

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Collaborators of the Curé

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Most curés, especially in rural areas, were poorly housed in presbyteries provided by the parish, but enjoyed the indispensable aid of a housekeeper. In larger parishes he may have had the help of one or more vicaires, but there were no general rules governing this. Supernumerary priests known as prêtres habitués were to be found everywhere, either as individuals or organized in small communities, but their existence was increasingly seen as an abuse by the church authorities, and their numbers declined steadily over the century.

Keywords: curés; parishes; prêtres habitués; servants; vicaires

Chapter.  6962 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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