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Before the Protestant Clergy: The Construction and Deconstruction of Medieval Priesthood

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Abstract

The Reformation signals a crux in the history of the western clergy. As medieval Catholicism dissolved, confessionalization generated new ministries, and a major shift in appreciations produced new conceptions of clerical roles and functions. The clergy, both Catholic and Protestant, became more professional and self-consciously elite cadres.1

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Pastoral Care Thirteenth Century Catholic Priesthood Canonical Code Catholic Clergy 
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