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Religious Foundation
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The term “religious foundation” (Ger. Stift) refers to a college of clergy (canons and prebendaries) who are responsible for choral services (Choir; Prayer) and who are supported by an endowment. In a diocese the chapter of the cathedral church is counselor of the bishop and, according to the relevant law, may have the right to elect the bishop. In the later Middle Ages the monasteries of the older orders (Benedictines; Cistercians) partially took over the organization of these foundations, with the abbey (Abbot, Abbess) being or becoming the foundation, and the monks members…

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Primetshofer, Bruno, “Religious Foundation”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.43>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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