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Residence Obligation
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[German Version]

I. Church Law

Residence obligation is the requirement that people, especially clergy, live at their place of employment and if necessary move into an official residence, usually a parsonage. This obligation must be distinguished from mandatory presence, i.e. the obligation not to be away from one’s place of employment for extended periods except as specifically provided (vacation, special permission). Canon law and Protestant church law treat this obligation similarly. In both, stabilitas loci is intended…

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Tiling, Peter v. and Karle, Isolde, “Residence Obligation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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