Editors. "Paul Falk subjects the Prussian clergy to State control". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=18633, accessed 21 December 2013.]
In the May Laws, championed by Prussian minister of public worship Paul Falk, responsibility for the training and appointment of clergy is transferred to the State. This leads to the closure of almost half the country's seminaries in the next five years, and leaves many Catholics without regular local spiritual support.