Cleric It is a concept that comes from Latin cleric, although its oldest origin takes us to the Greek language. The term is used to name the man what has received the sacred orders and that, therefore, belongs to clergy (the priestly class).
For example: “When I'm not in good spirits, I'm going to talk to the parish clergyman to contain me”, "The cleric was worried about the progress of the drug in the youth of the neighborhood", “A young Ecuadorian cleric who traveled to Africa to mission was recognized by the UN”.
It should be noted that the notion acquires different meanings according to the religion . For the Catholic Church A cleric is a person who joins the priestly order and is governed by a statute that is part of canon law. Man becomes a cleric when he receives the sacrament of the sacred order in the degree of diaconate.
It is important to be clear that there are various types of clergy depending on the position in which they are within the order or the work they carry out. Specifically, these are some of the most significant:
• Mass cleric. He is also known as a priest and is responsible, among other things, for performing various religious offices within what would be the temples.
• Crown cleric, who is the one who has the first tonsure, that is, the first degree that exists within religion.
• Senior cleric. This is a term used to refer to that religious who has one or the three major orders that exist and are the priesthood, the diaconate and the sub-diaconate.
• Cleric of minors. As its name indicates, under this denomination are the religious who have one or more of the minor orders there are. These we can say that they are exorcist, ostiary, acolyte and reader.
In addition to all this, we can not overlook either that within the different groups of existing clergy, there is also the so-called chamber cleric. This is a term used to refer to one who has the honor of having been appointed to occupy a position within what would be the Pope's Palace.
For him Islam , a cleric is a religious leader . In countries where religion and State they are not separated or, at least, maintain a very close bond, clerics are authorities of political and social importance: “An Iranian cleric asked for the death penalty for an actress who wore a skirt on local television”, "The Israeli president responded with harsh words to the statements of the Arab cleric about the situation in the Middle East".
In the Middle Ages cleric was a literate and wise man , even if he didn't have an order or was pagan.
We also have to highlight the existence of a literary work of terror that uses the word that occupies us in its title. We are referring to "The Evil Cleric," a story by the famous author H.P. Lovecraft