Monday, July 26, 2010


SACERDOTALIST, n. One who holds the belief that a clergyman is a priest. Denial of this momentous doctrine is the hardest challenge that is now flung into the teeth of the Episcopalian church by the Neo-Dictionarians.

2010 Update: One who believes that, as the son of man was raised up, so must the priests be raised up- although on a stage rather than a cross. Sacerdotalism was fervently opposed by early Protestants who preferred a scaffold.


pia said...

If I had to write, use and/or pronounce that word I would find a scaffold and use it

Jim said...

This is another new word for me, thank you.
Some of those scaffolds are pretty elaborate; I've seen them used by both Catholics and Proetestants.
The Son of Man who was raised up now sits (at the right hand of God) in doing His priestly work. He is my only priest.

Mo'a said...

Sacerdotalism: I don't have to deal with that...I am Lutheran ;>

TLP said...

That Doug.
Makin' up words again.

This is an educational site. Don't know how I will ever manage to work this word into a conversation but I'm gonna try.

A good Unitarian should be able to use sacerdotalist during coffee hour....if she could pronounce it.

actonbell said...

This word sounds like it should refer to some kind of dentist. I suppose one's diet would determine which teeth are most sacred.

quilly said...

From Ray Stevens:

Woke up this mornin', turned on the t.v. set.
there in livin' color, was somethin' I can't forget.
This man was preachin' at me, yeah, layin' on the charm
askin' me for twenty, with ten-thousand on his arm.
He wore designer clothes, and a big smile on his face
tellin' me salvation while they sang Amazin' Grace.
Askin' me for money, when he had all the signs of wealth.
I almost wrote a check out, yeah, then I asked myself


Would He wear a pinky ring, would He drive a fancy car?
Would His wife wear furs and diamonds, would His dressin' room have a star?
If He came back tomorrow, well there's somethin' I'd like to know
Could ya tell me, Would Jesus wear a Rolex on His television show.

Would Jesus be political if He came back to earth?
Have His second home in Palm Springs, yeah, a try to hide His worth?
Take money, from those poor folks, when He comes back again,
and admit He's talked to all them preachers who say they been a talkin' to Him?


Just ask ya' self, Would He wear a pinky ring,
Would He drive a fancy car?
Would His wife wear furs and diamonds, would His dressing room have a star?
If He came back tomorrow, well there's somethin' I'd like to know:
Could ya tell me, would Jesus wear a Rolex,
Would jesus wear a Rolex
Would Jesus wear a Rolex
On His television show-ooh-ooh?

cooper said...

I'm with Pia on this one.

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C.J. Duffy said...

Re: early Christian's

Or,in the case of where I live, those early Christian's enjoyed a BBQ with some nice 'longpig' as supplied by the local Catholic community!

Up the Pope they cried as they raisde their pointed pikeshaft's.

Anonymous said...

I hesitate to comment at all as I am not referencing the Devil's Dictionary.

But Mo'a is correct. Lutherans reject sacerdotalism.

According to Lutherans, the office of the ministry in Christianity is not part of the priestly system of the Old Testament. It is not a self-perpetuating group that can be passed on to successors through ordination. Instead, Lutherans hold that the divinely instituted ministry continues the work of Christ by exercising on behalf of the laity the means of grace, which Christ gave to all Christian believers. [6]

Doug said...

Pia, that's funny.

Jim, amen.

Mo'a your Lutheran ancestors dealt with it.

TLP, try substituting for samovar.

Actonbell, maybe. I worship my grinders even when asleep.

Quilly, I need to find the right word to get you to post the haircut song.

A good alliance, Coop.

Bear, acrostics by agnostics are always welcome here.

C.J., I appreciate the term "longpig."

Doug said...

Why hesitate, anonymous? That was a big issue in the reformation and the Münzerites actually agreed with Luther and Melancthon on that and little else. Interestingly, the Lutheran Church in the U.S., as I recall, in order to be able to exchange ministers with Presbyterians, Methodists and Anglican churches considered accepting apostolic succession. I don't remember exactly how that turned out, but I was appalled at the time.

Anonymous said...

I find it appalling that the "Episcopal Church considers itself 'Protestant, yet Catholic'". And back in Bierce's time, prominent laity (such as J.P. Morgan and Henry Ford) who were not "inordinately influenced by religious thought ... propelled the Episcopal Church into a quasi-national position of importance."