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date: 26 November 2020

Mendicant Friars. 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Author(s):
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

Members of those orders which were forbidden to own property in common. Unlike the monks, they work or beg for their living and are not bound to one convent by a vow of ‘stability’. In the Middle Ages their activities were carried on chiefly in towns, and their privileges, esp. exemption from episcopal jurisdiction and extensive faculties for preaching and hearing confessions, aroused much hostility among the bishops and the secular clergy as well as in the universities. Opposition was particularly strong at ... ...

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