The right of patronage in Roman Catholic canon law (Jus patronatus or ius patronatus) is the set of rights and obligations of someone, known as the patron in connection with a gift of land (benefice). It is a grant made by the Church out of gratitude towards a benefactor.
The right of patronage is designated in Papal letters as "ius spirituali annexum" and is therefore subject to ecclesiastical legislation and jurisdiction as well as civil laws relating to the ownership of property.
Other articles related to "jus patronatus, jus":
... The jus patronatus (patronage right) consisted of jus presentandi, the right to propose clergy for a specific church, and later became jus vocandi, the right to appoint such clergy ... Jus patronatus did not have any relevance in Norway until after the 1640s, when a few noblemen began to receive it ...