ecclesiastical benefice


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Noun1.ecclesiastical benefice - an endowed church office giving income to its holder
church property, spirituality, spiritualty - property or income owned by a church
sinecure - a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached
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6) We know that he was unmarried in 1399 because the annuity he received from Henry IV in that year was granted for life or until Henry should promote him to an ecclesiastical benefice with income of 20 [pounds sterling] per year ("ad terminum vite ipsius Thome, vel quousque ipse ad beneficium ecclesiasticum sine cura valoris viginti librarum per annum per nos fuerit promotus").
To cite an example, Clement V's bull of 1311, Quia Contingit, had far-reaching consequences for women's leadership when it declared that the office of hospital administrator was open to lay or religious men or women rather than being an ecclesiastical benefice as clergy were then claiming.
But through the centuries the Church has had special difficulties defending celibacy whenever heresies flourished, such as Arianism, or when certain developments took place such as the ecclesiastical benefice system (11th-12th centuries).