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Spiritual leader is a leader in religious or sacred affairs. Also known as clergy.
Clergy is a generic term used to refer to the formal religious leadership within some religions. A clergyman, clergywoman, clergyperson, churchman, or cleric is a member of the clergy, especially one who is a priest, preacher, pastor, or other religious professional. Clergy have different functions in different religious traditions. They may lead certain rituals, or help in spreading religious doctrines and practices.
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- A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous...Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
- 1 Timothy 3:2-9.
- A man who is good enough to go to heaven, is good enough to be a clergyman.
- Manye chapeleyns arn chaste, ac charite is aweye;
Are none hardere than hii whan hii ben avaunced:
Unkynde to hire kyn and to alle Cristene,
Chewen hire charite and chiden after moore –
Swich chastite withouten charite worth cheyned in helle.
- Many chaplains are chaste, but lack all charity. There are no men more greedy, once they get preferment. Ungrateful to their own relations and to all their fellow-Christians, they swallow up everything they are given, and cry out for more. Such a loveless virtue as this shall be fettered in hell.
- William Langland, Piers Plowman, B-text, Passus 1, line 190; Jonathan Francis Goodridge (trans.) Piers the Ploughman (Harmondsworth: Penguin,  1966) p. 37.
- Non est jam dicere, "Ut populus, sic sacerdos"; quia nec si populus, ut sacerdos.
- One cannot now say, the priest is as the people, for the truth is that the people are not so bad as the priest.
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux In Conversione S. Pauli, Sermon 1, sect. 3; translation by James Spedding, in The Works of Francis Bacon (1860) vol. 12, p. 134.
- Ut populus, sic sacerdos is a quotation from Isaiah 24:2.
- The clergy, they come in,</br> And say it is a sin,</br> That we should now begin </br> Our freedom for to win. </br>
- Gerrard Winstanley, The Diggers' Song (1600's)