All who are attached to the ecclesiastical ministry are called
the clergy; a clergyman is therefore an ecclesiastical minister.
2. Clergymen were exempted by the emperor Constantine from all civil burdens.
Baronius ad ann. 319, 30. Lord Coke says, 2 Inst. 3, ecclesiastical persons
have more and greater liberties than other of the king"s subjects, wherein
to set down all, would take up a whole volume of itself.
3. In the United States the clergy is not established by law, but each congregation
or church may choose its own clergyman.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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