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Clerics and the Clergy

I was taught some time ago that it is not proper to use "clergy" as a plural for clerics. A cleric is a member of the clergy. Clerics are member of the clergy. Clergy is a singular noun, and should be reface by the article "the." --Fr Lev 13:45, July 3, 2008 (UTC)


"There is no set universal rule for the training of clergy, and there is some variation among the local churches (autocephalous churches)."

Goodness, it varies from diocese to diocese in most jurisidctions, that is, if there is any training at all !! Chrisg 14:11, July 3, 2008 (UTC)

Did local churches mean dioceses here? Was it correct the way it was? Or should it be to dioceses? - Andrew 14:24, July 3, 2008 (UTC)

Local church, in Orthodox ecclesiology, refers to the diocese. --Fr Lev 15:00, July 3, 2008 (UTC)

Patriarch Alexii regards the Russian Orthodox Church as a "Local Church". Similarly Metropolitan Kalistos Ware in "The Orthodox Church" (eg p7 2nd edition). Chrisg 15:10, July 3, 2008 (UTC)