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PARSON, eccl. law. One who has full possession of all the rights of a parochial church.
     2. He is so called because by his person the church, which is an invisible body, is represented: in England he is himself a body corporate it order to protect and defend the church (which he personates) by a the minority, if required to bring Story on Partn. Sec. 489. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1217. 398; 5 Com. Dig. 346.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(27) Norton accused his opponents of nurturing a 'pestiferous parsonical spirit' and attempting to 'drive the people into church because the churches are empty'.
I would like instead to close by citing Mason & Dixon: "Many of us in the parsonical line of work," admits Wicks Cherrycoke, "find congenial the Mathematics, particularly the science of the fluxion [differential calculus].
Bartholomew": much in that vein--never missed the opportunity to address him as Parson Malthus, an epithet that stuck, inveighing tirelessly against his "parsonical" hypocrisy.