Lay corporation

LAY CORPORATION. One which affects or relates to other than ecclesiastical persons.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Its clients include Ford Motor Corporation, L'Oreal USA and Frito Lay Corporation. Blesco serves Schwan Food Company, Nestle USA and Boscov's Department Stores.
In Italy and elsewhere in early modern Europe, most Catholics learned and practiced their beliefs in lay corporations that were also responsible for many kinds of social assistance.