Definitions for sacerdotalismˌsæs ərˈdoʊt lˌɪz əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sac•er•do•tal•ismˌsæs ərˈdoʊt lˌɪz əm(n.)
the system, spirit, or methods of the priesthood.
Origin of sacerdotalism:
a belief that priests can act as mediators between human beings and God
The belief that priests can act as mediators between God and mankind
the system, style, spirit, or character, of a priesthood, or sacerdotal order; devotion to the interests of the sacerdotal order
Sacerdotalism is the belief that propitiatory sacrifices for sin require the intervention of a priest. That is, it is the belief that a special, segregated order of men, called the priesthood, are the only ones who can commune directly with God or the gods. This system of the priesthood is exemplified by the priests in the Old Testament. The term sacerdotalism comes from the Latin sacerdos, priest, literally one who presents sacred offerings, from sacer, sacred, and dare, to give. The related Latin term Sacerdotium refers to the earthly hierarchy whose primary goal is the salvation of the soul.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a tendency to attach undue importance to the order and the ministry of priests, to the limitation of the operation of Divine grace.
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