Ecclesiastical privileges

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In the canon law of the Catholic Church, ecclesiastical privileges are the privileges enjoyed by the clergy. Their scope varied over time.[1]

The main privileges are:[1]

  • Privilegium canonis, regarding personal inviolability against malicious injury
  • Privilegium fori, regarding a special tribunal in civil and criminal causes before an ecclesiastical judge. Eventually abolished.
  • Privilegium immunitatis, exemption from taxation and some other burdens
  • Privilegium competentiae, right to proper sustenance

In addition to personal privileges, ecclesiastical privileges may cover consecrated and sacred places and things.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Ecclesiastical Privileges", in: Catholic Encyclopedia

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