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Parish Law
(283 words)

[German Version]

is the embodiment of legal obligations that arise from the division of a church area or a diocese into parishes (Parish/Diocese) territorially separated from one another. In parish law, the holder of a benefice is solely responsible for all public worship activities taking place in the parish (Pulpit qualification), and thus also for all official activities (Ministerial offices) requested by church members living in the parish. For the members, parish law means that they do not have free choice of an officiating priest. But in special c…

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Pirson, Dietrich, “Parish Law”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124277>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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