Catholic Dictionary – abbacomites


The abbacomites or abbates milites, count abbots or noble abbots, were lay intruders, to whom courts gave abbacies for pecuniary profit. Thus Bernard, the youngest of Charles Martel’s six sons, was lay abbot of Sithiu or Saint Quentin, Sons, daughters, wives, etc., were thus benefited before the time of Charlemagne, who, however, efiected a reform and made monasteries the seats of schools and literature. In latter days other princes, claiming the right of investiture, reintroduced similar abuses; secular priests were often made commendatory abbots.

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  • “abbacomites”. A Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 July 2014. Web. 29 July 2021. <>