Recently, I was talking to a friend of mine and we started to discuss what secular priests are and what they do. I thought that I would post some of the fruits of that discussion on this site.
First of all, the term “secular priest” is synonymous with that of diocesan priest. The two terms are interchangeable and they show the relationship of the priest with regards to others.
A secular priest lives and spends most of his life working in a diocese for his diocesan bishop. Unlike other priests such as Franciscans, Dominicans, or Jesuits, the diocesan priest is allowed to own property and can have his own bank account. In various orders of the Church that money usually gets pooled into a bank account that is used by the entire community.
A secular priest, therefore, is ordained and attached to a diocese rather than to a religious order.
I hope this clarifies some things.
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