The character, office, or vocation of a priest.(noun)
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Use "priesthood" in a sentence
"A must-read paper produced by Human Life International Research Director Brian Clowes has closed the book on the question of whether homosexuality in the priesthood is a root cause of the clerical sexual abuse crisis."
"But this our high priest continues for ever, and his priesthood is aparabaton -- an unchangeable one, that does not pass from one to another, as the former did; it is always in the same hand."
"The priesthood is a unique vocation, and it is unlike any career or profession."