Why do priests need offices? What kind of clerical or desk job type activities require them to make use of a desk, drawers, etc.

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Why do priests need offices? What kind of clerical or desk job type activities require them to make use of a desk, drawers, etc.

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Being a priest is not just a ceremonial role where they get up in pretty dress once a week and make judgy sermons to bored congregants. They have oversight over administrative work, as well, regarding parish business like organizing volunteers, outreach community efforts and of course charity drives. I don’t know that much myself about what the demands are of an average priest, but I do know it requires quite a bit of admin.

My FIL in a retired Anglican priest, and he said there was always a terrible amount of paperwork & bureaucracy in parish work, which he hated. He became a hospital chaplain later in life so that he could bypass all that and care for people directly.
Hope that helps,

They need a quiet place to privately molest children. Its still consider faux pas to just do that right out in the middle of the church.

Gotta write your sermon somewhere. The priest is also sometimes the one who looks after the financial health of the parish as well as handling the maintenance of the building and the grounds