One who has been assigned to the Divine ministry by the reception of the clerical tonsure, and thus rendered capable of obtaining the power or orders and jurisdiction, benefices, and pensions; loosely used to designate also one who enjoys the clerical privileges of immunity and exemption, such as a religious, a novice, or a member of a society having community life without vows.

MLA Citation

  • “cleric”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 February 2013. Web. 29 September 2020. <>