One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Roman Catholic priest, especially in postwar France, or an Anglican priest who engages part-time in ordinary secular work.
- ‘The pope thought that the worker priest was no longer a spiritual person and ordered it to stop.’
- ‘It is clear that the aspirations of the first worker priests were not realised, and that a great gulf remains between the world of work and the priest's calling as presently understood.’
- ‘After the war, Goss attached himself to a group of worker priests in an industrial section of Paris.’
- ‘Such courses were common 60 years ago when the nation had hundreds of worker priests, whose mission was to help laborers.’
- ‘But Pope Pius XII stopped the worker priest movement, and Pope John Paul II closed the base communities.’
- ‘He was a worker priest who, like Tom Dooley, had to die before we could celebrate the totality of his humanness.’
- ‘Some argued that the spiritual lives and sacramental function of worker priests suffered because of their political engagements.’
- ‘Thus the worker priests had to be crushed - by Pope Pius XII.’
- ‘As well with the worker priests as in the Liberation Theology this practice has a clear political accent.’
- ‘There are other ‘unspoken’ trade-offs with a worker priest arrangement in a mission.’
worker priest/ˈwərkər prēst/
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