Although not areligious man, Napoleon recognized the attachment of most French peopleto the Catholic Church and how the Revolution's policies against theChurch had caused discontent and revolts. Therefore, in 1801 he madepeace with the Church, recognizing it as the religion of the majorityof Frenchmen and giving the clergy the right to practice their religionwithin the "police regulations" of France. Those regulations keptconfiscated Church lands for the state and still paid the clergy theirsalaries. Regardless of that, Napoleon gained a great deal ofpopularity through his Church policy without giving up anything ofessence.


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