Anglo-Saxon term used prior to the 11th century, to distinguish a duly ordained priest from a simple cleric in minor orders; applied in medieval times to a secular priest as opposed to a monk. From the 16th century, a contemptuous designation for priests among Reformers in England, when the Mass was the chief object of their hatred.

MLA Citation

  • “Mass-priest”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 August 2010. Web. 18 September 2020. <>