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 (săs′ər-dōt′l-ĭz′əm, săk′-)
The belief that priests act as mediators between God and humans.

sac′er·do′tal·ist n.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the principles, methods, etc, of the priesthood
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the belief that ordained priests are endowed with sacramental and sacrificial powers
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) exaggerated respect for priests
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) derogatory power over people's opinions and actions achieved by priests through sophistry or guile
ˌsacerˈdotalist n
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(ˌsæs ərˈdoʊt lˌɪz əm)

the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood.
sac`er•do′tal•ist, n.
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the system, practices, or principles underlying the priesthood. — sacerdotal, n., adj.
See also: Catholicism
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Noun1.sacerdotalism - a belief that priests can act as mediators between human beings and God
belief - any cognitive content held as true
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Seignory pierces through sacerdotalism; the commonality, through seignory.
You make me hate Christianity, or mysticism, or Sacerdotalism, or whatever it may be called.
2)--and addressed three medieval errors that had to be eradicated: sacerdotalism and its unbiblical hierarchy, the union of church and state, and the loss of the supreme authority of Scripture (p.
On February 26 he wrote just over a page on theology, arguing, in his essay on "Sacerdotalism" against an attempt to expel Sacerdotal thinking from the Established church by applying to the history of the Church, accepted practices, theological and philosophical arguments, and unanticipated consequences.
(12) On June 29 of that year, the English edition of L 'Osservatore Romano contained an article entitled, "The Limits of Church Authority: Cardinal Ratzinger Comments on the Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalism On the binding nature of the letter Ratzinger concludes:
A kind of "Protestant sacerdotalism" (22) has limited the participation of laity--whose fervent prayer and passionate evangelism have been a driving force for church growth--in the church's life and ministry as true partners with clergy; it has stifled the enormous potential of the laity as agents of Witness and transformation both inside and outside the church.
Protestant Ideal" embodied in the National Council as the cure to secularism, which was "the weakness of Protestantism as sacerdotalism had been the Achilles' heel of Catholicism." (48) In its role as an "informal national establishment," in Robert Schneider's words, and embodied institution of American Protestantism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the NCC claimed a monopoly on religious programming on the nation's radio airwaves and issued periodic letters of pastoral guidance, what Time called "Protestant Encyclicals" to American Christians.
When, however, the Miltons experienced, first hand, Laudian authoritarianism and sacerdotalism in the church's objections to the orientation of Sara Milton's gravestone (96), and when so many of the "middling sort" were scandalized by the spectacle of William Prynne's public mutilations, Milton, according to Campbell and Corns, "began to bid William Laud good night" (95).