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In the concluding definition of terms in the CIC 1917, a beneficium (benefice) is a permanent church office established by the responsible church authority that is endowed with a profitable estate and that qualifies the respective officeholder to enjoy its yield (c. 1409). The development of this classical (ecclesial) benefice began in the Middle Ages. The concept of the church office as an annex of the endowment led to the investiture of priests by means of the bestowal of a local church…

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Kalb, Herbert, “Beneficium”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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