Quotation by Samuel Butler

The clergyman is expected to be a kind of human Sunday. Things must not be done in him which are venial in the week-day classes. He is paid for this business of leading a stricter life than other people. It is his raison d'être.... This is why the clergyman is so often called a "vicar"Mhe being the person whose vicarious goodness is to stand for that of those entrusted to his charge.
Samuel Butler (1835–1902), British author. First published in 1903. Ernest Pontifex, or The Way of All Flesh, ch. 26, p. 96, Houghton Mifflin (1964).
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