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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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).
The genesis of the registers is as follows: according to practices originating in the Middle Ages and confirmed in the fifteenth century, a large number of French ecclesiastical benefices, including cathedral chapter positions and major city parishes, were reserved for university graduates.