People who have received holy orders or who have been ordained are part of a union known as the clergy, a formal religious leadership within a denomination or a religion. The Catholic Clergy, the head with the Pope - being Pope Benedict XVI.


The altar servers assist with the services carried out in the Catholic Liturgy of Mass (but are not ordained). The next rank then moves on to the ordained staff. The priest's title is Father (sometimes abbreviated as Fr.)Then a bishop addressed as "his grace" serves Mass in a cathedral. Next is an archbishop, an elevated bishop whom has been ordained three times. Next, elevated from the archbishop position, a cardinal is formed that serves the Pope at The Vatican with Communion during Mass. Next is the Pope, the elected head of the Catholic Church.

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Ranks in the Catholic Clergy. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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