Immediately after his wife's death he took minor orders as a step towards entering the priesthood, and was awarded a benefice .
This had been the first benefice bestowed on Becket by Archbishop Theobald.
He received from Archbishop Warham the benefice of Aldington in Kent and, on resigning it, a pension which was continued until his death.
A patent signed by Marino and dated August 24, 1536, which entitled Clovio to the benefice of the nearby church of S. Bartolomeo a Castel Rigone, supports Vasari's account.
Latimer, despite having opportunity to preach often in London, soon grew weary of court and the king offered him a benefice at West Kington, in Wiltshire.
Perhaps the book helped him to relieve a conscience burdened by the knowledge that he was not carrying out the pastoral duties of his benefice .
All clergy who hoped for election to a benefice in the new constitutional Church had to take it.
After a papal bull of 1558 all such former monks were ordered to return to their monasteries, under threat of losing church benefices .
The distinctive grave goods of the priest developed precisely at the time when the priesthood was under reform, when efforts were made to stop priests marrying, and passing benefices to their sons.
The chancery received petitions, examined the qualifications of candidates for benefices , and had official custody of the records of the curia (the Vatican Library had not yet been created).