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Definition of Clergy


  1. The body of men set apart, by due ordination, to the service of God, in the Christian church, in distinction from the laity; in England, usually restricted to the ministers of the Established Church.
  2. Learning; also, a learned profession.
  3. The privilege or benefit of clergy.

Clergy Quotations

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
Rudyard Kipling

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
Baron d'Holbach

One of the duties of fortitude is to keep the weak from receiving injury; another, to check the wrong motions of our own souls; a third, both to disregard humiliations, and to do what is right with an even mind. All these clearly ought to be fulfilled by all Christians, and especially by the clergy.
Saint Ambrose

If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the clergy.
Marquis de Lafayette

The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.
Pope Francis
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Clergy Translations

clergy in German is Geistliche
clergy in Spanish is clero
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