The greatest block today in the way of woman's emancipation is the church, the canon law, the Bible and the priesthood.
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state.
James Madison priesthood quote

The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.
— Iris Murdoch

The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
— John Spong

Science is an integral part of culture. It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood. It's one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition.
— priesthood quotation by Stephen Jay Gould