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The Church had been initially organized in 1830 with Joseph Smith as the first Elder and Oliver Cowdery as the second. In 1832, Joseph Smith organized a First Presidency and appointed two counselors. One of these was Sidney Rigdon, The other was excommunicated in 1833 and his replacement disappeared about 1837. Oliver Cowdery had been appointed Assistant ...


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Short answer: Jesus did not ordain women. Long Answer: It is because of Christ's example in sacred scripture and because of Apostolic Tradition (Tradition with a capital 'T'). The Church does not consider herself authorized to change this. Christ could have ordained women to priesthood. He had the power to do that and he chose not to. Christ chose those ...


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The Church has considered the question of the priestly ordination of women for nearly 40 years. The more recent, and more authoritative, pronouncement on the matter is in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, an Apostolic Letter of Pope St. John Paul II, published in 1994. In this letter, the Pope concluded that in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a ...


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The strongest restriction is that the priests of the Israelite nation could only be from the tribe of Levi, and specifically on descendants of Aaron. Some verses showing this include Numbers 3:10, 3:38 and 16:40: ... This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense before the Lord ... The kingship ...


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Every sacrament requires the proper matter and form. For example, baptism needs water and the form "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." The sacrament of Holy Communion requires unleavened bread and the form "This is my body… etc." The same goes for the sacrament of Holy Orders, whose matter is a male. One ...


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It wasn't a quick process, it took a while. The Church was not 'extinguished' with the loss of the Apostles, it 'dwindled' away, like a fire burning out without anyone left to tend it. James E. Talmage does an excellent job of describing the process in his book The Great Apostasy. It began with the deaths of the apostles. They held the keys to administer ...


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Can. 1041 The following are irregular for receiving orders: 1/ a person who labors under some form of amentia or other psychic illness due to which, after experts have been consulted, he is judged unqualified to fulfill the ministry properly; 2/ a person who has committed the delict of apostasy, heresy, or schism; 3/ a person who has ...


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Whether the women "heard God correctly" is largely irrelevant. The Church simply doesn't have the authority to ordain women. For more information, see Women and the Priesthood. My intuition is that "The Church" wouldn't claim, on any case-by-case basis, whether or how God was speaking to "a woman called to the priesthood." An individual spiritual advisor ...


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The Catholic Church's answer to a woman or women claiming that God has called them to the Priesthood is "You're mistaken; you didn't hear the call right". The church bases this argument on the fact that the historical Jesus was male, and that there is no reference in the Bible to Jesus having called any women to be an apostle.


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Catholic priests are called 神父 "Shenfu" (Mandarin) or "Sunfu" (Cantonese), literally "God- father". For reference please go to http://zh-yue.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%A5%9E%E7%88%B6; then click on English (on the left hand side) to see a (rough, not very precise) translation of the page. Another source is myself: Chinese is my native language and this is the ...


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According to Author: McConkie, Mark L. Latter-day Saint scriptures speak of a unique class of beings, persons whom the Lord has "translated" or changed from a mortal state to one in which they are temporarily not subject to death, and in which they experience neither pain nor sorrow except for the sins of the world. Such beings appear to have much greater ...


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My own pastor has shared stories that he knew at a young age that he was called to the priesthood. As a young boy of 8 or 9 he says he "just knew" which is in keeping with a seed planted by God for the vocation. Oftentimes, young boys who are part of church-going families will mimic the parts of Mass and that is something that shows their interest. Of course ...


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From the point of view of Catholicism, the first part of this question might be, "Why does anyone at all need to consecrate the Eucharist?" After all, if no one needs to consecrate it, then a fortiori it is not necessary for a priest to consecrate it. As usual, I went to the Summa Theologica to check out what the Church's greatest theologian had to say. I ...


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The closest Scriptural verse that could support why the Sacrament of Orders cannot be conferred on a woman is 1 Tim. 2:12: "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man: but to be in silence." Plus, is there any biblical precedent for priestesses "according to the order of Melchisedech" (Psalm 109/110:4)? Here's St. Thomas Aquinas's ...


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I submit that there may be a practical reason for the sing-songy voice, and I have tested the reason myself, with the help of a friend. First, I read a passage from Scripture in a normal speaking voice, at normal volume, from the lectern in a large, "traditionally" furnished Episcopal church, and had my friend move back in the nave as I was speaking until ...


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The 1983 Code says: Can. 1024 A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly. The 1917 Code elaborates: Canon 968 §1. Only a baptized male validly received sacred ordination; for liceity, however, he should be outstanding in the qualities according to the norm of the sacred canons, in the judgment of the proper Ordinary, and not detained ...


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I'm an Anglican vicar. While studying at theological college, every year there was an open event for former students. And every year, you could tell how long they'd been in the wild fairly accurately by whether they had "the voice." Where does it come from? I can think of three plausible reasons. First, lots of big churches have small congregations, who ...


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There is a book called, To Save a Thousand Souls by Fr. Brett Brannen, which deals with this quite extensively. It's an almost must read to get insight into the process and lifestyle.


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In my short months of trying to find God, I've read many books. One such that I am reading now is called "The Elijah Task" by John Loren & Paula Sandford. However, before you go on to read this, please know that what I write is my knowledge from books from servants of God (which I digest and actually remember) and all of which are charismatic so, there ...


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First of all, it is important to be open. Many people do not even consider the priesthood. Next, God will not call you to be a priest if you will absolutely hate it. Doing His will will make you happy. Also, you must consider your age. If you are 15, don't expect God to tell you what you are going to do with you life just yet; you don't need to know ...


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This answer builds upon and expands upon Jayarathina's answer The following article does not include the reality though that Jayarathina brought up. This reality is that priestesses were common amongst the Pagan world, so for Christ to not have done so, it gives even more reason for why the Catholic Church does not ordain women (it is simply following the ...


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The standard answer of any church that still have priests and accept the Catholic councils will be that sins do not invalidate the priesthood because that would be Donatism, which would be considered a heresy by such denominations. As any standard church history will have it, the Donatists believed that priests who sin, particularly by denying Christ ...



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