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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

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
Carl Sagan

From my childhood I had been intended for the clergy. This prospect hung like a dark cloud on my mind.
Nikola Tesla

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

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

Individualism. Narcissism. Value-free choices. These are all key elements in the decline of the practice of mutual accountability in Western churches, among clergy and laity alike.
David Augsburger
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Clergy Translations

clergy in German is Geistliche
clergy in Spanish is clero
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