benefit of clergy

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sanction by a religious rite

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Anyone who claimed benefit of clergy was branded on the thumb to prevent them playing the card twice.
Many heterosexual couples marry in civil ceremonies without benefit of clergy, and many churches do not accept these unions as ``true'' marriages.
Several independent financial advisers sent me leaflets outlining the various questions that couples should consider when living together either with or without benefit of clergy.
In an age when heretical illuminist sects--notably the alumbrados--promoted the notion that a person could achieve spiritual enlightenment outside the church, without the benefit of clergy, and Lutherans taught that Scripture communicated the divine will without the mediation of Rome, Teresa's spirituality seemed to border dangerously on the heterodox.
One might expect more, because women were not allowed to claim the benefit of clergy.
Legislators and school board members should give speedy burials, with or without benefit of clergy, to all such schemes," the column observed.