Sacerdotalism (from the Latin sacerdos--priest) is the teaching that ordination imparts special abilities, power, and authority to priests, so they can act as necessary mediators between God and man. Their special position means that they are the proper representatives of Christ to people within the church.  Essentially, sacerdotalist is the promotion of a special priesthood class with special rights, privileges, and abilities.  In addition to this special authority, the priest is my manner of the authority of the church, supposedly passed down through Jesus; and by the proper administration within the sacramental ceremonies is able to impart grace to the church members. Sacerdotalism is taught in Roman Catholicism in the Eastern Orthodox Church.




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