benefit of clergy
Date: 15th century 1. clerical exemption from trial in a civil court 2. the ministration or sanction of the church

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  • Benefit of Clergy — • The exemption from the jurisdiction of the secular courts, which in England, in the Middle Ages, was accorded to clergymen Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Benefit of Clergy     Benefit of Clergy …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Benefit of clergy — Clergy Cler gy, n. [OE. clergie, clergi, clerge, OF. clergie, F. clergie (fr. clerc clerc, fr. L. clericus priest) confused with OF. clergi[ e], F. clerg[ e], fr. LL. clericatus office of priest, monastic life, fr. L. clericus priest, LL. scholar …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Benefit of clergy — Benefit Ben e*fit, n. [OE. benefet, benfeet, bienfet, F. bienfait, fr. L. benefactum; bene well (adv. of bonus good) + factum, p. p. of facere to do. See {Bounty}, and {Fact}.] 1. An act of kindness; a favor conferred. [1913 Webster] Bless the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Benefit of clergy — In English law, the benefit of clergy (Law Latin Privilegium clericale) was originally a provision by which clergymen could claim that they were outside the jurisdiction of the secular courts and be tried instead in an ecclesiastical court under… …   Wikipedia

  • benefit of clergy — 1. the rites or sanctions of a church. 2. formal marriage: living together without benefit of clergy. 3. the privilege claimed by church authorities to try and punish, by an ecclesiastical court, any member of the clergy accused of a serious… …   Universalium

  • Benefit of Clergy Act 1575 — The Benefit of Clergy Act 1575 (18 Eliz. I c.7), full title An Act to take away clergy from the offenders in rape and burglary, and an order for the delivery of clerks convict without purgation , was an Act of Parliament of the Parliament of… …   Wikipedia

  • Without Benefit of Clergy — Infobox Film name = Without Benefit of Clergy image size = caption = director = James Young producer = Robert Brunton writer = Rudyard Kipling Randolph Lewis narrator = starring = Nigel De Brulier Virginia Brown Faire music = cinematography =… …   Wikipedia

  • clergy, benefit of — ▪ law       formerly a useful device for avoiding the death penalty in English and American criminal law. In England, in the late 12th century, the church succeeded in compelling Henry II and the royal courts to grant every clericus, or “clerk”… …   Universalium

  • Benefit of the clergy — (spr. Benefit of the Klärdschi, engl. Rechtsw.), s.u. Arrest of judgment b) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Clergy — Cler gy, n. [OE. clergie, clergi, clerge, OF. clergie, F. clergie (fr. clerc clerc, fr. L. clericus priest) confused with OF. clergi[ e], F. clerg[ e], fr. LL. clericatus office of priest, monastic life, fr. L. clericus priest, LL. scholar, clerc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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