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BENEFICE, eccles. law. In its most extended sense, any ecclesiastical preferment or dignity; but in its more limited sense, it is applied only to rectories and vicarages.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The "limpieza" regulations were formalized in the colonies in 1574 with the passage of the Ordenanza del Patronazgo, which strengthened the control of the Crown over ecclesiastical benefices, including cathedral chapter appointments.
Venetians also owned land or enjoyed ecclesiastical benefices in various locales throughout their Mediterranean state, although it was shrinking.
Most of these petitions were connected in various ways with the provision of ecclesiastical benefices, the principal means by which musicians could supplement their salaries as performers in chapels or church choirs.