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Secular Priest
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[German Version]

(sacerdos saecularis), the opposite of a religious priest, who is a member of a religious order, order being understood in the broad sense as a generic term for religious institutes (orders [Orders, Catholic] in the strict sense and congregations), secular institutes, and societies of apostolic life. A secular priest is therefore any priest who does not belong to one of these groups, regardless of whether he is incardinated into it (Incardination).


KanR 2,131997, 60–69

H. Schwendenwein, “Die Zugehörigkeit zu einem geistlichen Hei…

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Neuner, Peter, “Secular Priest”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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