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Patronage.

Right of presentation to an ecclesiastical benefice. In the early ch. a bp. had the right to place a priest in a parish. Later, when landowners built chs., the right of patronage was gradually yielded to them. Beginning toward the end of the 12th c. the RC Ch. tried to regain the right of patronage; Eng. took the lead in resisting this move. The system has been repeatedly modified.


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