church·​man | \ˈchərch-mən \

Definition of churchman 

1 : clergyman

2 : a member of a church

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At 71, the San Felipe bishop is younger than the age, 75, at which all bishops must offer their resignation to the pope, who can accept or ask the churchmen to stay on a few more years. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Pope lets more bishops go as part of Chile sex abuse fallout," 21 Sep. 2018 In the past, synods have been talkfests by churchmen who made nonbinding proposals to the pope to consider in a future document. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope gives bishops more decision-making options," 18 Sep. 2018 At a post-ceremony reception, Peru’s new cardinal, Huancayo Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno, a Jesuit like Pope Francis, was asked which pressing questions churchmen should urgently address. Washington Post, "Pope to 14 new cardinals: Defend the dignity of the poor," 28 June 2018 The too-few endowment dollars led to a joining of forces in 1930, but squabbles soon led the churchmen to back out. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Before UMKC, there were dreams of a Lincoln and Lee university," 15 June 2018 Two top Vatican officials will also receive the honor of joining churchmen who vote for new popes in secret conclaves. Frances D'emilio, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June," 20 May 2018 One of my favorite genres of Catholic literature is the book-length interview: the Pope or some other high-ranking churchman sits down with a reporter or other layman, both operating on the assumption that conversation tends toward truth. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Will Pope Francis Cause a Schism in the Catholic Church?," 7 Sep. 2015 The leaks about the hand-delivery of this letter to the pontiff may be evidence itself that senior churchmen are losing confidence in his pontificate. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "It’s Now the Pope’s Scandal," 6 Feb. 2018 The situation in Boston turned out to be the tip of an iceberg of abuse and its cover-up, where churchmen preferred protecting the reputation of the institution rather than the innocence of children. Phillip Pullella, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Vatican announces passing of Cardinal Law," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of churchman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of churchman

: a man who is a priest, minister, etc.

: a man who is a member of a church

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