Simony Act 1713

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1713 c. 12
Anno Regni ANN Reginn Magn, Franci, & Hiberni, duodecimo. Stat. 2. An Act for the better Maintenance of Curates within the Church ofEngland ; and for preventing any Ecclesiastical Persons from buying the next Avoidance of any Church Preferment.

(13 Ann.) C A P. XII. (11)

'WH E R E A S the absence of beneficed Ministers ought to be supplied by Curates that are sufficient and licensed Preachers, and no Curates or Ministers ought to serve in any Place without the Examination and Admission of the Bishop of the Diocese, or Ordinary of the Place, having Episcopal Jurisdiction: But nevertheless, for Want of sufficient Maintenance and Encouragement for such Curates, the Cures within that Part ofGreat Britain called England , have been in several Places meanly supplied:' For Remedy whereof, Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Adviceand Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliamentassembled, and by the Authority of the same, That if any Rector or Vicar having Cure of Souls shall, from and after the nine and twentieth Day ofSeptember in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fourteen nominate and present any Curate to the Bishop or Ordinary, to be licensed or admitted to serve the Cure of such Rector or Vicar in his Absence, the said Bishop or Ordinary, having Regard to the Greatness of the Cure, and the Value of the Ecclesiastical Benefices of such Rector or Vicar shall, on or before the granting such Licence, appoint by Writing under his Hand and Seal a sufficient certain Stipend or Allowance, not exceeding fifty Pounds per Ann. nor less than twenty Pounds per Ann. to be paid or answered at such Times as he shall think fit, by such Rector or vicar, to such Curate, for his Support and Maintenance; and if it shall appear to the Bishop or Ordinary, upon Complaint or otherwise, that any Curate of such Rector or Vicar, licensed or admitted before the said nine and twentieth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fourteen, hath not a sufficient Maintenance, it shall be lawful to and for the said Bishop or Ordinary to appoint him a certain Stipend or Allowance in like Manner as before mentioned; and in case any Difference shall arise between any Rector or Vicar and his Curate, touching such Stipend or Allowance, or the Payment thereof, the Bishop or Ordinary, on Complaint to him made, shall summarily hear and...

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