Comparison between Egyptian and Catholic priests
|Criteria||Egyptian Priest||Catholic Priests|
|Duties||- No Contact with people - Priests did not preach, proselytize, or care for a congregation, their duties were:||- Close contact with people - messengers of a "divinely revealed truth."
|Daily activity||Servants of gods - The daily temple rituals was performed to honor the gods by paying them courtesy and respect
||Servants of people
|Lifestyle and Family life||- Physical purification - Priests undertook the stringent and regular purification rituals,which included regular baths in natron and other herbs, the complete removal of all body hair including that on the head and genital area was required for issues requiring
strictest purity, and maintained their dietary restrictions against raw fish and other animals considered unclean to eat. Also, and in addition to a purified lifestyle,
- They normally married, had children, and enjoyed family life.
- Priests were devoted to their religious duties in the temples at least three months out of every year, during which time they never left the temple .
|- Emphasis on spiritual purification from sins, unlike the Egyptians which
believed that purification consisted of a variety of physical requirements
- Dedication to service - no marriage allowed
|Social class||- The priestly class of society grew continually, playing an increasing role in the economy and in government as the dynasties went by.|
|Career||Priests were chosen by the High Priest according to family blood line, |
Career priests were appointed to each temple, their numbers depending on the importance of the deity and the wealth of the temple .
|- Ordinary families had a chance of putting their sons into the priestly cast, and work in lucrative church positions,|