lay priest


Senior Member
France, French
Context: "Ask the Mormons, whose leaders from the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mid-1800s declared that blacks
were not qualified to become lay priests, because theirs was an inferior race."

I'm not sure of the meaning of "lay priest" here?

In other words, what's the difference between a priest, and a lay priest? Thanks!

Un candidat-prêtre ?
  • petit1

    Senior Member
    français - France
    lay = laïc / lay priests = prêtres laïcs
    La théologie du mormonisme est la doctrine de l'Église de Jésus-Christ des saints ... mais un clergé laïc bénévole qui englobe potentiellement tous les membres ... à partir de 12 ans, instructeurs à partir de 14 ans et prêtres à partir de 16 ans.


    On ne trouve cependant pas "prêtre laïc" comme colocation en français - faites une recherche google. On ne trouve que des occurrences où les prêtres se conduisent comme des laïcs, ce qui est autre chose. Ici, Ami6 parle d'une classification dans la hiérarchie religieuse, c'est une expression manifestement figée, non?


    Senior Member
    English (Australian)
    The term "lay" as used here, is specific to the Morman church and their ecclesiastical organisation.

    The general term is applied to someone who performs a similar role to a member of the clergy, but is not ordained - and usually not paid. There can be lay priests, lay ministers, lay clergy etc.
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