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The Civil Constitution of the Clergy, July 12 1790

In July 1790 the revolutionary government in France attempted to seize control of the property and organisation of the French Catholic church. The government was driven by financial desperation since the capability of the state to raise revenues had collapsed after the revolution. By introducing the 'Civil Constitution of the Clergy' the revolutionaries ensured that the church would become an enemy of the revolution..

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Monday, September 17, 2012
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