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The right of nominating a cleric to a vacant church or benefice. It is one of the privileges of the right of patronage, which may be conferred on those who endow a church or benefice. Presenting a cleric does not mean installing him in office. That belongs exclusively to an ecclesiastical superior, who must accept the nominated cleric if he is otherwise canonically suitable.
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