The word first occurs in the work of a Greek writer of the fifth century who referred to it as “administration of sacred things.” A hierarchy now signifies a body of officials disposed organically in ranks and orders, each subordinate to the one above it. However, when the hierarchy is generally spoken of, what is meant is the organization of ranks and orders in the Catholic Church.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “hierarchy”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>