More explanation is usually offered under the individual entry on that group, or, sometimes, under an entry on the title itself. Not all faith traditions are listed here. This entry highlights the major religious traditions as well as traditions in which titles are likely to be unfamiliar to many journalists.
Priests[ edit ] In addition to just guiding a religion's followers and performing rites and ceremonies, priests have been given authority to perform sacred acts for the population, acting as a link between the masses and their deity. One of a priest's most important functions is to perform sacrificeswhether human or animal, to a god or goddess.
Judaism[ edit ] For much of its history, the Jewish religion was administered by priests, a class of Jewish citizens who were given social, economic, and political power far beyond that of just performing the sacred rites of the people.
They were second in power only to the kings;  when the Romans took over, it was the priestly class that they were most worried about.
Abraham is considered the first Jewish priest, though the line formally began with his great-grandson, Levi. Of course, no women were allowed to be priests 4, years ago.
Rabbis[ edit ] See the main article on this topic: Rabbi In modern times, Jewish rites are performed by the rabbi, a Jewish scholar and teacher.
A rabbi is specifically not a priest, as the priestly class the Kohanim still exist, and while they still must abide by certain restrictions, modern Jewish priests serve few special functions.
Rabbis oversee community rituals such as the brisweddings and funerals. Christianity[ edit ] Churches of sacramental traditions including Roman CatholicOrthodoxOriental Orthodox and Anglican Communions, some Lutheran churches, and multiple smaller communities maintain a priesthood. Within the Roman Catholic Church, some typically archbishops are also cardinals, whose powers include electing a Pope when the old one dies or resigns.
Somewhat controversially, Catholic priests make promises of celibacy.
For major denominations in North Americatraining is provided in seminaries and is usually offered as a graduate degree Master of Divinity. The Church can and does punish priests for disciplinary or doctrinal misdeeds by forbidding them to act in priestly capacity.
In Orthodox churches, a person can be "defrocked," removing a previous ordination. Women cannot hold positions of religious authority in these sects, except leading a community of nuns as an abbess.
Anglican and liberal Lutheran churches ordain women priests  and at least some branches have women bishops.
In essence, every male teenager in good standing in the LDS is ordained in the junior "Aaronic" priesthood order. This is related to the concept of the priesthood of all believers.
But there was still a need for someone to perform rituals, teach the faithful about their faith, and generally be a moral pain in the butt for the " sinners. They are guides, and as the titles suggest, should be held in high honor, but are not themselves a special set or sect of people.Pages in category "Female religious leaders" The following 44 pages are in this category, out of 44 total.
This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more). If you exactly mean religious and leader together at the same time: no! But if you look for female leaders or religious influential females, yes, there are some (as you can see in other answers).
Definitely, there is no female Caliphs, or prophet or . Today women over the world are recognized as healers and spiritual teachers and leaders. Today we have the Red Tent Societies, women shamans and priestesses, and essentially women in every field of Spiritual Work. This website is dedicated to those women.
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Kulapuram is the national secretary of the Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace, an advocacy group for women religious. Spiritual advancement, enlightenment and the fulfilment of our spiritual purpose is a potential that rests within us all. It is not a privilege reserved for the monastic or small groups of adept practitioners.