Civil Constitution of the Clergy

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Definition

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy was a law passed in July 1790 during the French Revolution (1789-1799), which caused the immediate subordination of the Catholic Church in France to the French government. An attempt to modernize the Church and realign it with revolutionary values, the law proved highly divisive, turning many Catholics and clerics against the Revolution.

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Timeline

  • 13 Feb 1790
    The National Assembly abolishes monastic vows in France.
  • 12 Jul 1790
    The Civil Constitution of the Clergy is passed, making the French Catholic Church subordinate to the French government.
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