from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The ecclesiastical body; the whole clergy of any national church.
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- noun (Eccl.) An ecclesiastical body; a spirituality.
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- noun obsolete The state or fact of being
spiritual; holiness, spirituality.
- noun Collectively, the authorities of spiritual matters; the
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- noun property or income owned by a church
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In form, the Act in Restraint of Appeals was not a fresh piece of legislation but a declaration of the existing law; a flat assertion that any appeal to the jurisdiction of Rome from the English courts brought the appellant under the penalties of praemunire, the "spiritualty" of the country being competent to deal with spiritual cases, and the sovereign recognising no jurisdiction superior to his own.
"spiritualty" are the only proper persons to teach doctrine, and then to act as if they were unfit to judge of doctrine.
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The maner was, that the Primate, or head of the spiritualty (the beastes appoincted for the sacrifices being brought harde to the altare, and the Kyng standing by) should with a loude voyce, in the hearing of the people, wysshe to the king (that bare him selfe iustely towarde his subiectes) prosperous healthe, and good fortune in all.
In fact, it's one of my very favorite spiritualty or religion blogs of any out there.
There be of them diverse personages of good haviour (_sic_): and it is said amongst the same, that after they have delivered their confession to the King, that the spiritualty of
Fraunce will do all they can to procure the King, to the utter subversion of them: for which cause, they say, _the spiritualty seemeth to be so glad of peaxe_, for that they may have that so good an occasion to worke their feate.
Clugny and its monks had exclusively devoted themselves to the reform of the spiritualty.
The aims of this new movement were in the first instance a restoration of the old discipline, of true renunciation and piety in the monasteries themselves; but later, first, a subjection of the secular clergy to the regulars, and, secondly, the dominion of the whole spiritualty, as regulated by the monks, over the laity — princes and nations alike.
Hence the stern enforcement of the celibacy of the clergy; hence the struggle against the secularisation of the spiritualty, and specially against simony; hence the monastic discipline of the priests.