Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
The act of not residing on an ecclesiastical benefice. Nothing can reflect greater disgrace on a clergyman if a parish, than to receive the emolument without ever visiting his parishioners, and being unconcerned for the welfare of their souls; yet this has been a reigning evil in our land, and proves that there are too many who care little about the flock, so that they may but live at ease. Let such remember what an awful account they will have to give of talents misapplied, time wasted, souls neglected, and a sacred office abused.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Non-Residence'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/n/non-residence.html. 1802.