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Author Carter, Karen E., 1973- author

Title Scandal in the parish : priests and parishioners behaving badly in eighteenth-century France / Karen E. Carter
Published Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019
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Series McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion. Series two ; 84
McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion. Series two ; 84
Contents Priest, behaving badly -- Parishioners, also behaving badly -- Scandalous sacraments -- The holiness of the place -- The affairs of the curés -- Disturbing the peace
Summary "In 1770, the priest Nicolas Vernier was accused of neglecting church services, inappropriate behaviour in the confessional, financial improprieties, and affairs with the village schoolmistresses. In a contentious church court case, parishioners described all of their priest's wrongdoings, and in turn, he detailed many of theirs. Ultimately, Vernier finished his career as a cathedral canon in another diocese. Scandal in the Parish recounts Vernier's story and many similar eighteenth-century cases. In fascinating detail that reveals essential facets of rural religion during the Catholic Reformation period, Karen E. Carter considers French lay people's relationship with their parish curé, who governed and influenced so much of their religious practice. Although the priest's role as purveyor of God's grace through the sacraments was secure as long as he performed his duties appropriately, priests who were unable to navigate the pressures and high expectations put on them by their superiors and parishioners risked broken relationships, public disturbances of the peace, and even prosecution. These scandals, Carter demonstrates, tell us much about rural parish life, the processes of negotiation and accommodation between curés and their parishioners, and ongoing religious reforms and enforcement throughout the eighteenth century. An engaging venture into the world of the parish that highlights the centrality of the priest-parishioner relationship, Scandal in the Parish reveals the attitudes and practices of ordinary people who were active agents in their religious lives. "-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, April 22, 2019)
Subject Catholic Church -- France -- Clergy -- Discipline -- History -- 18th century
Catholic Church -- France -- Clergy -- History -- 18th century
Catholic Church.
Parishes -- France -- History -- 18th century
Peasants -- Religious life -- France -- History -- 18th century
Rural clergy -- France -- History -- 18th century
Scandals -- France -- History -- 18th century
Clergy -- Discipline.
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
Peasants -- Religious life.
RELIGION / Christianity / Catholic
Rural clergy.
France -- Religious life and customs
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0773557679 (ePDF)
9780773557673 (electronic bk.)
9780773557680 (ePUB)