The National Assembly and the French Church


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Lesson Snapshot:

  • Between 1789-1791 the National Assembly took a number of progressive actions to address the failing economy and tighten up the country
  • The National Assembly was moving to put all religion under its authority
  • They wanted a church for the nation that was less opulent than the Catholic Church
  • In July 1790, the French Catholic Church itself fell prey to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, a decree by the National Assembly that established a national church system with elected clergy
  • Louis XVI was a devout Catholic, and he was troubled by it all

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