Distributions (from Lat. distribuere), canonically termed distrubtiones quotidiance, are certain portions of the revenue of a church, distributed to the canons present at Divine service. There are many regulations concerning these distributions in the “Corpus Juris”. The latest law on the subject is found in the decrees of the Council of Trent (Sess. XXII, cap. iii, De ref.), where it is ordained that bishops have power to set aside one-third of the revenues of officials and dignitaries of cathedral and collegiate chapters and convert this third into distributions for those who satisfy exactly their obligation of being personally present every day at the service to which they are bound. Canons retired on account of their age retain their right to the distributions, as do also capitulars who have received coadjutors, and supernumerary canons who are waiting a regular stall in the chapter. To earn these distributions it is necessary to chant the Office in common, according to the custom of the particular church to which the beneficiary belongs. A mere corporal presence, however, without mental application to the services performed, will not entitle one In conscience to these emoluments.
WILLIAM H. W. FANNING