A cleric is a member of the clergy of a religion, especially one that has trained or ordainedpriests, preachers, or other religious professionals. Its non-specific nature means it is often used to refer to the religious leadership in Islam, where "priest" is not accurate and where terms such as "imam" are not widely understood. Clergy is the generic term used to describe the formal religious leadership within a given religion. ... Ordination is the process in which clergy become authorized by their religious denomination and/or seminary to perform religious rituals and ceremonies. ... Roman Catholic priests in clerical clothing. ... A sermon is an oration by a prophet or member of the clergy. ... Islam (Arabic: ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. ... Roman Catholic priests in clerical clothing. ... Imam (Arabic: Ø¥Ù Ø§Ù ,Persian: Ø§Ù Ø§Ù ) is an Arabic word meaning leader. ...
To use cleric is also appropriate for minor clergy who are tonsured in order not to trivialise orders such as those of Reader in the Eastern Church, or for those who are tonsured yet have no minor or major orders. It is in this sense that the word entered the Arabic language, most commonly in Lebanon from the French, as "kleriki" (or, alternately, "cleriki") meaning "seminarian." This is all in keeping with Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox concepts of clergy, which still include those who have not yet received, or do not plan to receive, the diaconate. The term Eastern Rites may refer to the liturgical rites used by many ancient Christian Churches of Eastern Europe and the Middle East that, while being part of the Roman Catholic Church, are distinct from the Latin Rite or Western Church. ... Eastern Orthodoxy (also called Greek Orthodoxy and Russian Orthodoxy) is a Christian tradition which represents the majority of Eastern Christianity. ...
A Cleric may also refer to the elite Tetragramaton from the movie Equilibrium. Equilibrium is a 2002 action/science fiction film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer. ...
The term "clerk" derives from "cleric", since in medieval times the clergy were one of the few groups who could read, and therefore were often employed to do bookkeeping and similar work. The term "clerical work" continues to this day to refer to such functions. The word clerk, derived from the Latin clericus meaning cleric, i. ...
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While cleric in its strict sense means one who has received the ecclesiastical tonsure, yet in general sense it is also employed in canon law for all to whom clerical privileges have been extended.
While the obligation of obedience is binding on all clerics, it is strengthened for priests by the solemn promise made at ordination, and for all holders of benefices by the canonical oath.
When, however, a cleric who has received only minor orders or even tonsure, after losing his privileges, has been restored to the clerical state, this restitution, even when solemn, is merely ceremonious and is not considered as a new conferring of tonsure or minor orders.
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