Priest is a title given to individuals that have devoted themselves to the religious practice that has called them to service. Most require advanced education and ordination by their church. Priests are found in many branches of Christianity, Buddhism and Shintoism.

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What rights did have priests in ancient Egypt?

Priests in Ancient Egypt practiced rituals, officiated on feast days and took part in festivals. They didn't preach because they didn't need to. There was no doubt about what to believe because they Egyptians knew who their deities were, what they did and what offerings they preferred. Priests and Priestesses were like city and town officials or . . . bureaucrats. They held a position of respect and an air of mystery surrounded them and their lives. Their roles were ever-changing as time went on. The kings relied on their priestesses and priests.

What do priests call each other?

They call each other, Father *name*. Hope I helped. 2000AD

How many years did a high priest serve as the high priest?

There was no set number of years that a priest could serve as the high priest. He served as long as he lived. See Talmud, Yoma 9a.

Why are there 33 buttons on a priest's Cassock?

There are not always 33 buttons on a priest's cassock, and in the cases where there are, different priests attach different significance to their vestments. Here are some opinions:

The 33 buttons on a cassock represent our Lord Christ's earthly years.

5 other buttons on each wrist are for the 5 wounds He suffered on the cross. When thwe priest's hands are held together, these 5 buttons from each hands represent the Ten Commandments.

3 pleats in the back stand for the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

7 inch cuffs tell us of the story of Creation.

1 inch hole at the neck represents the Oneness of God.

The shoulder coat represents the protection of thee Blessed Virgin Mary.


The Vatican has never attributed liturgical significance to a cassock vestment. Coloring may be used to denote station or office but not number of buttons.

The only reference published on this is "On the button" by Nina Edwards (ISBN: 9781848855842) who is a British actress and a member of the Anglican church. This suggests that the tradition is an English one.

There is not one Roman Catholic vestment tailor that makes a cassock with more than 18 buttons. There are some liturgical vestment companies that cater to various Protestant denominations that make them, but, again, this would signify alternate origins.

Why aren't Catholic priests allowed to marry?

It can be seen from two aspects - Political and Religious:

Political - the bishop of Rome as he was called then did not want the priests family inheriting his wealth so by letting priests not get married this was solved.

Religious - that the priest is married to the Church, and should be at her disposal at all times.

However, eastern rite catholic churches who are schismatics form the orthodox church and keep the traditions and beliefs of the orthodox church but accept the primacy of the pope over the orthodox church can get married.

Clergy members of other churches that were already married and convert to Catholicism can still stay married.

This however is rejected by the orthodox church putting it in simplistic terms is that because it can led to other sins such as homosexuality, masturbation, adultery, etc...

Another Answer:

The tradition of priestly celibacy is only mandatory in the Roman (Latin) Rite of the Catholic Church. There are numerous other rites within Catholicism that are in full communion with the Bishop of Rome and are thus Catholic. Some of these other rites allow married men to enter the priesthood. After their ordination however they are not allowed to marry.

For a list of the rites of the Catholic Church see the link below.

In Catholicism, it has to do with tradition. In the Latin Rite, the Church has a tradition of not allowing married men into the priesthood. There are certain exceptions to the tradition, if a married and ordained Anglican or Lutheran priest wants to minister in the Catholic Church, then he will be allowed to remain married and be ordained a Catholic Priest.

It is the tradition of the other "Eastern" rites to allow married men into the priesthood. Though once a person is a priest they cannot marry, in any rite, unless they leave the priesthood. Though it is very uncommon in the United States, especially because many believe that Catholic priests can't be married at all.

Answer In the early days of the Catholic Church, the leaders ended the practice of priests marrying in order to stop the property, money and land of the church from being "inherited" away from the church. That is, from priests leaving money and land to wives and children when they died. If a priest was never married, then he had no family to leave anything to, therefore all the wealth accumulated by the church would stay in the Church.

Answer Catholic priests aren't allowed to be married because they are to be celibate- (abstain from sex)

Answer They are married to God!

In the Orthodox faith, priests can be married BEFORE they are ordained, but not afterward. Bishops must remain celibate.

Catholic Answer Priests have not been allowed to marry for the entire history of the Church. In certain eras of the Church's history there has been some abuse of this and that is why the regulations named above were later put into effect. But there is ample evidence from the very first centuries that priests were never allowed to marry in the Latin Rite. In the Latin Rite, to be ordained to the diaconate and priesthood, men must take a vow of celibacy, which is a solemn promise to God that they will not attempt marriage. Priests are "another Christ" and thus are trying to live the life that He did as perfectly as possible. One of the things that they give up "for the kingdom" is a normal married life. This is a discipline of the Church, not a doctrine, and it is freely entered into by any man that is seeking ordination in the Church. In some rare instances, a man may already married when he is ordained, or in the eastern Rites, he is allowed to be married before he is ordained. However, all priests take a vow of celibacy upon ordination and if he is already married, he may not remarry if his wife dies.


Although Catholic priests of the Eastern Rites may be married before they are ordained, if they are unmarried at ordination they may not marry afterwards; this is the Eastern tradition which is also held by the Orthodox. Married Latin (Roman) Catholic men cannot become priests, as the Latin branch of the Catholic Church requires celibacy as a sign of total dedication to Christ and His people. However, by way of exception, if a married Protestant or Anglican clergyman joins a (Roman) Catholic he can become a Catholic priest while still being married; however, when his wife dies he may not remarry. His wife must give approval for her husband to become a Catholic priest.

Where do order priests live?

They may live in rectories, friaries, monasteries or convents depending upon the order.

Do Catholic priests have special powers?

Roman Catholic AnswerYes, by virtue of his ordination, a man becomes an "alter Christus" (i.e. another Christ). Though technically it is not the priest, himself, who has the special power, it is Christ working through him. This is why, during the Mass, the Priest says "This is my body" and through a miracle of God, the bread is entirely transformed into the Body of Christ. Notice the priest says "my body" not His body. Because the priest is "standing in" for Christ. Similarly, in the sacrament of reconciliation, the priest says, "I absolve you of your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Which is ridiculous, no human being can absolve sins, but God can, and it is God who is working through the priest.

Is a monsignor higher than a priest?

Roman Catholic AnswerThat depends, Monsignor literally means "my Lord", as in old feudal title, NOT divinity. In most countries, it is used as a form of address for a Bishop. In that case, yes, the monsignor would be higher than a priest. However, in the United States, the term is used to denote a "prelate of honor" or the Papal court. Of those kinds of monsignors (the kinds know in the United States), there are four different kinds, of which one, the most common, is used as mark of distinction for a priest who has done something noteworthy, or holds a particularly prestigious position (such as a Vicar General in a diocese). Those kinds of monsignors are priests, the title is only for as long as the current Holy Father is alive, as it is an honor particular to his court. They are automatically renewed, though, on the election of a new Pope.

Can Shinto priest marry?

yes Shinto priests and priestesses can marry and often are. (Living Religions Mary Pat Fisher)

What is the P on priest vestments?

P on the vestment of priest is R in Greek. On priest's vestments we see XP which are KR in Greek, first two letters of Christos in Greek.

Why can women not be Catholic priests?

Catholic opinion

1. This is not a decision of men, but of God. God decided that women bring men into the world. Jesus sent men to evangelize. There were women with Jesus as well. The Gospel mentions a few of them: firstly, Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene, His disciple and one of the first witnesses to the resurrection; Mary and Martha, the sisters who offered him hospitality in Bethany. They received of Jesus their own ministry. Mary is the most perfect creature, she brought forth Jesus and gave Him His human nature. Our salvation is born from her, yet she was not ordained. Women have other ministries in the Church, but not the priesthood, because of the will of God. This is why the Pope cannot change the Tradition. It's not his affair, but God's.

2. The tradition that men are priests goes back to the apostles of Jesus. Peter was Jesus' rock, or second in command, and went on to become the leader of the early Christian church. Women play what could be called ancillary roles as nuns and sisters, as did the women who followed Jesus. These traditional views are often seen as bigoted and are openly debated by those seeking leniency in tradition's interpretation and application.

These days, Tradition is still upheld; the Catholic Church's is notorious for resistance to change.

3. The Church has always followed the practice of Christ Himself, who ordained only men to be bishops, priests, and deacons. In 1994, Pope John paul II reaffirmed this 2000 year old tradition, declaring himself without authority to change it, while reaffirming that "The presence and the role of women in the life and mission of the Church, although not linked to the ministerial priesthood, remain absolutely necessary and irreplaceable." This issue is part of the much larger and holistic subject of the role of sexuality in human experience as understood by the Catholic Church, which has always understood both men and women to be made in the image of God. For more information, see The Theology of the Body and Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. Answer

It all also goes back to Jesus Christ himself implementing the pristhood at the Last Supper. While in the upper room, Jesus was only surrounded by his 12 disciples which were all men. Although he had many other followers, including his Mother Mary, he was surrounded by only men at the Last Supper where he instituted the Eucharist which is the true Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the example he left to show us and the Catholic Church still holds this rule.

4. because of the choices God made. In the time the Catholic Church was established virtually all pegan religions had "preistesses." The people whom ordain prestesses do so with out the authority or the Church, and have hence been threatened with excommunication. At the time the universal church was established it was unheard of to see the amount of involvement that was given to women as nuns. So it is less a problem with tradition and more with the will of god.

What do you call a Hindu Priest?

A Pandit, and their caste is Brahmin.

Wrong - a pundit is any person who has knowledge of a particular subject regardless of caste. The word Pundit is so widely used in western culture that it is now defined in English/American dictionary. I see this word pundit being used daily referring to experts and not brahims.


For the different languages that India has..there are different terms. A few examples:

Maharaj, swami, melshanti, namboothiri,

A pandit when translated in English is a priest.And according to Hinduism a pandit has to be a brahmin.
Hindu priests are called pujaree or Maharaja

Do all religions require the faithful to follow a minister or priest?

* The Society of Friends (Quakers) don't and there may be others. The Bahá'í Faith has no clergy. * Many religions I know about have some sort of group of individuals who have been trained in the particulars of that religion, or who are otherwise knowledgeable about the details. Usually followers are encouraged to heed the advice, or show respect to, these elders, ministers, or priests. * As I see it in the Bible (thinking of Christianity here), one is not required to follow anyone except Jesus Christ. Most congregations have one or more shepherds, known as pastors, ministers, elders, etc., that are charged with serving the congregation while leading them in the way of the Lord. Too often, though, the followers pay more attention to these fallible men and women, rather than on the infallible God they claim to serve. In that sense, it's dangerous for the so-called "faithful" to follow the minister(s). * Deism doesn't require such a thing. See the Related Link for "Deism" to the right for more information. ................. Islam does not require so. ................. Being a Christian requires that you follow Christ. Ministers are only there as teachers.

Wicca has priests but Wiccans do not follow them. They follow what they believe is right.

What is the order of priests in the Catholic church?

This depends. There are many orders in the catholic church which may ordain priests, these include the Jesuits, Dominicans, Franciscans, Premonstratensians, Trinitarians, the Marists, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, the Priestly Fraternity of the Holy Cross, The Redemptorists and quite a few others. These orders are all concentrating on different aspects of priestly and communal life. Generally if one wants to discover what order a priest is, his name will be followed by a postnomial like S.J. For example Rev. John Smith, OP: In this case Father John Smith is a member of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans). If a priest does not possess a post-nomial like OP, SJ, SVD, CSsP, OF, OF(cap) or something like that he is what is called a secular priest (as opposed to a religious priest, referring to membership of a religious fraternity). These priests generally pass through the local seminary and are answerable to the dioscesan bishop, as opposed to a religious superior. They do not have an order unless at some later date they choose to take a religious calling and join one.

Arguably all priests are members of the "Order of Melchisideck" as in the prayer of ordination the bishop who is ordaining the candidate prays that the priest be made "a priest forever in the Order of Melchizideck." However there is no specific order called this, and so this is something which is ignored.

Were medieval priests put in the stocks?

There were doubtless occasions when priests were put in the stocks, but I would imagine they were the exception and this very seldom happened.

Priests were members of clergy. The legal system of the Middle Ages included what was called "benefit of clergy," which provided for clergy to be tried by ecclesiastical courts when they were accused of crimes. Ecclesiastical courts were prohibited from using corporal punishments on several occasions by the popes (a sign it happened from time to time).

Benefit of clergy, by the way, did not only apply to priests, but to all clerics. Today we is envision this as including monks and nuns, but this vision is incomplete. It was rather hard to determine who was a member of the clergy and who was not, so the question was put to a test to determine whether a person qualified, and the test was whether a person was literate to the point of being able to read the 51st Psalm. Under this system, all literate people were clergy, and this included a large number of students, members of nobility, merchants, poets, troubadours, and any scoundrels who had memorized the 51st Psalm.

What was the priest's house on a medieval manor?

The priest usually had a cottage for himself, called a rectory and near the church. He also could have lived with someone else, and might have had a place in the manor house itself.

Why are some women sexually attracted to priests?

A Priest is just a man, plain and simple. It's the rules of the Catholic church not to marry. There are good looking Priests so I can see why some ladies that go to church would be sexually attracted to one of them. However, forget it! Not too many Priests break their vows with a church member. They are even more important than the confidentiality of your doctor or lawyer and what you tell them is not to go any further. Also, how easy it is to be sexually attracted to anyone that you can't have. It's a fantasy. Plain and simple. We all have them. there are some preists who call girls in for sex or rape them

What did priests do to try to please the gods?

It depends on which religion you are talking about, and when you are talking about. In general however, many religions sacrified animals, and even humans in some cases, prayed, preformed religious ceremonies, upheld their religious laws, made preperations for important religious holidays, and educated the common people about the religion.

What color do priests wear on Easter Sunday?

The priest wears white vestments on Easter Sunday, and on all Sundays and weekdays of the Easter season. The white vestments signify resurrection and are also used for masses of the dead, saints' feast days, and other feasts of Our Blessed Lord. Gold may always be substituted for white on special feasts like Easter.