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When a Catholic priest is ordained, from whom and how do they get the powers to do things that only a priest can do (for example, confect the Eucharist, hear Confessions, give the Anointing of the Sick, and, in some cases, give Confirmation)?

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    By “powers” do you mean the capacity to do things that only a priest can do (for example, confect the Eucharist, hear Confessions, give the Anointing of the Sick, and, in some cases, give Confirmation)? If so, I suggest that you specify this in the question. – AthanasiusOfAlex Mar 3 '17 at 2:41
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    I think this could be reopened. – DJClayworth Mar 5 '17 at 22:21
  • By the authority of whom , or what , does a Catholic Priest get granted the capacity to do things that only Priests can do , for example, confect the Eucharist, hear Confessions, give the Anointing of the Sick, and, in some cases, give Confirmation ? . – joe Mar 6 '17 at 18:45
  • By "power" do you mean faculty? CCC 1536 to 1600would be a good place to start to get an idea of the sacrament of Holy Orders in the Catholic Church. Once you have read through that perhaps you can refine your question. – KorvinStarmast Mar 7 '17 at 18:42
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For things that are simply a matter of permission, the priest gets his authority from the church. The bishop who performs the ordination confers the authority in the name ofcthe church.

For more spiritual activities, like the ability to perform mass, the power comes from God, mediated through the church.

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