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Priesthood is the state of consecrated life of a priest. Questions regarding the office and/or the sacrament of Priesthood.

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Which Christian Churches or Denominations subscribe to sacerdotalism as essential?

Based in part on answers to this question, this definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: : religious belief emphasizing the powers of priests as essential mediators between God and humankind ...
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Why is Jesus's priesthood shown as spreader and keeper of the Sacred Fire?

I was reading a short essay in the Word on Fire Gospel Reflections on Luke 12:49-53 where in Luke 12:49 Jesus says that He came to set fire to the world. In the essay Bishop Barron says that Jesus' ...
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Who first used the term "alter Christus" to describe a priest?

Who first used the term alter Christus ("another Christ") to describe an ordained (ministerial) priest?
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Is it a sin to make jokes about being a priest?

Sometimes my friends call me Father as a joke. It is funny because I am a woman and not a priest. We are wondering if this is a sin of irreverence.
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Do Catholic priests need permission from a bishop to retire?

I read a blog post from a Catholic saying that the "pastor" (I believe the more common term in Catholicism is "priest"?) of his church asked for permission to retire and the bishop ...
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Did priests ever ordain other priests?

It’s often claimed that only bishops can could ever validly ordain priests. This is certainly true for modern Catholic practice. I recall reading somewhere though that priests ordaining other priests ...
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According to Catholicism, which popes have been elected to the papacy without being in priestly orders?

According to Catholicism, which popes have been elected to the papacy without being in priestly orders? I was recently reading about Pope Leo X on Wikipedia. It claims that he was the last Pope “not ...
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Parish Priests Who Have been Canonized in the Catholic Church?

I would like to be able to list the parish priests who have been canonized in the Catholic Church. However, at present, I only have two names: (1) St. John Vianney, and (2) St. Ivo of Kermartin. Are ...
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Who can validly confer the sacrament of confirmation?

(NOTE: I am aware that a similar question has been asked on this site before, but I have first hand experiences which seem to contradict the one answer - at the time this question was asked - to that ...
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If 99% of males died, then what would Catholicism do for priests? [closed]

Eh just something I thought of re movies / series like The Last Man on Planet Earth or Y: The Last Man. Case 1: 99% of males die. Then what? Case 2: Or idk doesn't have to be scifi: There could just ...
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Fully black mozzettas?

I'm aware that black mozzettas are usually bestowed upon canon chapters. Most of them, however, will use at least ones with purple piping and buttons (some of them with crimson ones, or fully purple ...
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Questions about the specifics of choir dress of ICKSP canons, Part II: do they all wear fully black cassocks in choir, or with blue buttons & piping?

My previous question pertained to the weird manteletta/mantellone hybrid the ICKSP canons seem to wear in choir, but here I would like to focus just on the cassocks. There is some conflicting ...
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Can a Catholic priest be tied to a single parish or other physical church his entire life?

Is there any way a priest can stay in one location for his whole life?
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Under what authority was Fr. Frank Pavone defrocked?

A story broke recently that Fr. Frank Pavone, a priest (forever like Melchizedec of old, but apparently no longer in the eyes of the Catholic Church) who ran/runs an organization called priests for ...
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From a Roman Catholic or Orthodox perspective, what is the biblical basis for the priesthood?

Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe in a priesthood, i.e. office of the ministers of religion, who have been commissioned ordained with the Holy orders of the Orthodox or Catholic church; ...
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How did the early church understand the priesthood?

Protestantism reject the idea of a sacerdotal priesthood, embracing instead the idea of priesthood of all believers(cf. 1 Peter 2:9). Protestant Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin also claim ...
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What is the history of periodically transferring parish priests?

What is the history of periodically transferring parish priests? St. John Vianney was the curé (parish priest) of Ars until his death (18th cen.). Even today, priests in some rural parts of Mexico ...
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How do the Apostolic Church install a High priest in light of Hebrews 7?

Recently a certain church (Apostolic Church) installed a High priest as the leader of their church But according to the book of Hebrews the Priesthood of Christ can never be superceded by another ...
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Provincial Superior as member of religious house

Can a provincial superior be a member of a religious house and therefore under authority of local superior?
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What is the license that Catholic priests have to preach?

I was talking briefly with my pastor and didn't get to get into it much with him, but he told me that he was "licensed" to preach. I thought you called this a "faculty" or ...
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Can a bishop be "demoted" to a priest?

In Catholicism, can there ever be a reason where a bishop is removed from his office and placed back as a priest? If this can occur, what are some of the reasons it might?
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Kingdom of Priests

God has always desired close fellowship and practice being a priest spiritually. (Rom 15:16) and God's desire always for us to be in constant fellowship (Gen 3:9) and the Holy Priesthood throughout ...
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Where do we find the Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Bible?

Roman Catholics believe in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, which is a sacrament by which men are ordained as priests or deacons . It is a sacrament carried out by a bishop, who must lay his hands on ...
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When do adult male LDS converts receive what priesthood?

It's standard for boys growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to receive certain priesthood offices at defined age milestones. How does ordination to priesthood offices ...
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Can a Catholic Priest in the Ordinariate be married to a non-Christian?

On Wikipedia, there is an unattributed assertion (not in the citation) that when the former Anglican Bishop Andrew Burnham was received into the Roman Catholic Church, his wife was not received with ...
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What is the difference between a ”promise”and a “vow” of celibacy?

What is the difference between a “promise” and a “vow” of celibacy? Do secular priests take the vow or promise of celibacy? Do monks take the vow or promise of celibacy?
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In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, if a man becomes a widower, can he become a priest?

If a husband man loses his wife to death, is it possible for him to become a Catholic priest in the Latin Rite? What about any children of this marriage union? Can this man now become a priest in the ...
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What are the significant differences between the Priesthood of the Israelites and the Priesthood of the Catholic Church?

When I research on the Catholic Priesthood, many apologists and theologians will make comparisons between Israelite priests and Catholic priests, especially in reference to the Pope guiding the church....
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Is it presumptuous to seek to become a priest?

Is it presumptuous to seek to become a priest? It is well known that the priest must be a saint and that he takes upon him a burden of the salvation of his flock; is it, therefore, presumptuous to ...
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How does Catholic sacramental theology explain the efficacy of the sacraments conducted by a priest who is in the state of mortal sin?

As far as I know, a mass said by a priest who has lost friendship with God (in the state of mortal sin) is valid by the principle of ex opere operato, justified by the resolution of the Donatist ...
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Why did Martin Luther reject the idea of the priesthood (sacerdotalism)?

It's famously know that Martin Luther, rejected the idea of a sacerdotal priesthood. Meaning priests and bishops having a certain special grace, conferred on them at ordination or installation (in ...
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Are priests being "cancelled" by Bishops all over America?

In an interview with Dr. Taylor Marshall, Fr. James Altman says that bishops censuring hundreds of priests from their parishes for speaking out against political issues. Is there evidence that many ...
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Can a diocesan priest become a missionary?

Can a diocesan priest become a missionary? Can he demand it? Does he need consent from his bishop (I know he can become a religious without consent)?.
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Can Only A Priest Give Confession?

Or can someone who has been blessed by a priest do so? What if someone were stranded on an island and unable to hear confession?
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In what ways is the term "priesthood" used in Catholic tradition?

In what ways does "priesthood" get used within Catholic tradition and theology? Besides "ministerial" and the "universal priesthood of all believers," does the concept ...
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What do Catholic Deacons do that a Priest would never do?

In the Latin rite of the Catholic Church we have permanent Deacons. What do they do that a Priest would never do? I know they cannot say Mass and hear Confessions. There must be a good reason why we ...
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Does the parish priest have the authority to forbid communion in the mouth due to COVID pandemic?

Does the parish priest have the authority to forbid communion in the mouth due to COVID pandemic, if he does not have explicit permission from his bishop? Note that I am not saying that the bishop ...
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How is the idea of the ritual purity implemented in the Catholic Church?

How is the idea of the ritual purity implemented in the Catholic Church? We know that in the Old Testament priests needed to be ritually pure in order to perform rituals. How is this idea implemented ...
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Why are the functions for man clear in the Catholic Church leading and decisive hierarchy, but there is no corresponding function for women?

Aside from the functions that both man and women can take in the Church (they can be lay members of the congregations- single or married, they both can be consecrated single persons, they can be ...
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Can a mentally ill person who takes medication regularly be a Catholic priest?

If a person is mentally ill but his mental illness is controlled by medication and he feels God is and was calling him earnestly for the last forty years of his life to become a priest, can he become ...
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Does the Catholic canon law say anything about women being priests?

Is there any canon law in the Catholic Church about the role of women in the church and its possibilities to be groomed for Priesthood?
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According to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Jesus Christ ordained to the Priesthood?

This may seem like a stupid question (ie. why would someone need to be ordained to their own priesthood order?). However, I can't seem to find reference to Him being ordained or to Him not needing to ...
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How does one know if God is calling him to be a priest? [duplicate]

According to Catholicism, How does one know if God is calling him to be a priest? If one is contemplating being a diocesan priest, what is the normal way one should do things in order to determine ...
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What's the normal term for a Catholic priest that works in a parish under another one?

I am trying to learn about Catholic clerical posts called "cura" and "cura teniente" in rural 1700s Mexico. "Teniente" generally means second-in-command, like lieutenant. I am tempted to translate the ...
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What is the basis of St. Pius X in 1906 that led to the approval of the prayer devotion: "Mary Virgin Priest, pray for us"?

In 1906, Pope Pius X approved a prayer which says “Mary, Virgin Priest, pray for us.” However, a Holy Office decree of 1916 forbade the use of any image that had Mary wearing vestments – some say for ...
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Basis for priesthood restricted to men

Is there a scriptural basis (preferably in Doctrine & Covenants) for the priesthood being restricted to men (at least on this earth)? If not, what is the explanation for this practice?
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Is celibacy essential to the Catholic priesthood?

Question: What are the theological (not practical) reasons for Catholic priests being celibate? In other words, is celibacy (or at least perpetual continence) essential to the Catholic priesthood? ...
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Was 30 the canonical age for Catholic priesthood in the 1700s?

I understand that the current canonical age for Catholic ordination is 25 years. Was the minimum previously 30 years? The documentation of a priest's ordination in 1775 shows that the diocese spent ...
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Is it sinful for priests or/and those in state of religion to hug women?

Question. Is it sinful for priests or/and those in state of religion (eg. Franciscans, Dominicans, etc.) to hug women (of course, we are not speaking of hugging mother, sister or something like that)...
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Was any transgender person ever ordained as a Catholic priest?

We find this entry in the Wikipedia: "Theodora of Alexandria was a saint and Desert Mother who was married to a prefect of Egypt. In order to perform penance for a sin she committed, she disguised ...
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