With the decline in the numbers of people seeking ordination, in some countries many parishes are now being merged together or are all sharing the services of one priest. In some countries, parishes are now merely the equivalent of states in the USA, provinces in Canada or counties in England.
A parish, sometimes called "civil parish" to distinguish it from a religious one, is also a geographical subdivision used in several parts of the world, including:
In these areas, it originated as a religious subdivision, but over time has come to be a purely civil one. The lowlands of South Carolina were also previously divided into parishes, rather than counties, well into the nineteenth century.
Categories: Anglicanism | Christian group structuring | Roman Catholic Church Institutions | Subnational entities
parishpriest is no longer working faithfully among his flock, is bound to select as counsellors two of the synodal or pro-synodal examiners, in order of their nomination, and explain the situation to them.
parish be held by members of a religious order, the bishop is not thereby constrained to entrust the newly-formed district to regulars..
parishes, may be removed either by their superior or by the bishop, without either being constrained to give the reason for his action to the other.
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