This was after ten years in France when priests and nuns were killed and alters were being desecrated.
John Paul II publicly apologized for the sins of his priests and called for greater attention to alleged victims.
Not even SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by priests, had thought to include Bergoglio on their list.
“I would be willing to go to jail before harming one of my priests,” he once said, according to SNAP.
Historically, the position has usually been held by priests of the hermitage, but now civilian hermits may apply.
"May God bless all our priests," said another, fearing that I might be offended.
"That Dominican nun is terrible for the priests of her time," the monk went on.
Purple and violet—to express royalty, "Kings and priests of God."
If thou canst not trust His priests, couldst thou not trust Him?
The people have no other rule of conduct, than what their priests are pleased to prescribe.
Old English preost probably shortened from the older Germanic form represented by Old Saxon and Old High German prestar, Old Frisian prestere, all from Vulgar Latin *prester "priest," from Late Latin presbyter "presbyter, elder," from Greek presbyteros (see Presbyterian).
An alternative theory (to account for the -eo- of the Old English word) makes it cognate with Old High German priast, prest, from Vulgar Latin *prevost "one put over others," from Latin praepositus "person placed in charge," from past participle of praeponere (see provost). In Old Testament sense, a translation of Hebrew kohen, Greek hiereus, Latin sacerdos.
One who is designated an authority on religious matters. In some churches, especially the Anglican Communion, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Roman Catholic Church, the ordained church leader who serves a congregation of believers is called a priest. The priests in these churches administer the sacraments, preach, and care for the needs of their congregations. (See also minister and pastor.)