clergy clergy  /ˈklɜr dʒi/


  • (n) in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)


  1. The clergy moan that their congregations today need entertainment rather than moral counsel.
  2. The clergy from both sides stepped in stop the bloodbath and mindless violence.
  3. The clergy of the town have been accused of alcoholism and gross misdemeanor.


  1. Int'l criminal court says no to victims seeking investigation of ex-pope over clergy abuse

    NEW YORK — The International Criminal Court has thrown out a longshot bid by clergy sex abuse victims to investigate former Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  2. HIPAA rules change way clergy visit sick

    When training to help members of the clergy make sense of the new federal HIPAA laws began, the Rev. Karen Kinnerly sensed some panic among the men and women of God.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Grand Island Independent

  3. Clergy to lead sixth week of NC NAACP protests

    Clergy from across NC will lead the group's latest demonstration against policies of the Republican-controlled legislature Monday.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: ABC11 Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville

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  • "I would like to pause to acknowledge the shame which we have all felt as a result of the sexual abuse of minors by some clergy ...... in this country," Benedict said during an address at mass. "Those responsible for these evils must be...
    on Jul 19, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Detroit Free Press

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