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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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What is the Justification of a priest acting in persona Christi?

What is the justification used in Catholicism to justify the doctrine of a priest acting in persona Christi? Scriptural and catechismal references please.
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox church forbid blind men from becoming priests?

An Eastern Orthodox man told me that, because he was blind, canon law forbid him from serving as a priest. He was quite okay with this (and served his church in other capacities), but unfortunately ...
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Is it in anyway lawfully possible for the Catholic Church to one day recognize the Anglican Church as having valid orders?

Is it in anyway lawfully possible for the Catholic Church to one day recognize the Anglican Church as having valid orders? If not why? If yes?...does the present day scope and political spectrum ...
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What is the LDS line of authority should a Bishop be unavailable?

I am seeking a complete and authoritative explanation of this issue. Who presides at Sacrament meeting (common Sunday services) when the bishop of a ward (pastor of a local congregation) is ...
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History of the age restrictions in the Priesthood in the LDS Church

In the LDS Church, some offices in the Priesthood have minimum age requirements: A deacon must be at least 12 years old A teacher must be at least 14 years old A priest must be at least 16 years old ...
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Why does God forbid Aaron's descendants with “defects” from offering food? [closed]

Leviticus 21:16-23 16 The Lord said to Moses, 17 “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. 18 No man who ...
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Does the Catholic word Priest actually mean “Presbyter?” Or is it a conflation of roles?

The problem as I understand it is a combining of roles.. not confounding or mixing but fusing the roles into something different. The role of the priest doesn't seem to match the role of the ...
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What are the Main Characteristics of Mormon Prophets?

I ask this question, as a Catholic, because Mormonism is hierarchical in structure and has a lot of similarities with Catholicism, although seemingly they are superficial as in being surface ...
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Is It Possible for a Penitent to Bypass a Refusal of Absolution and If So How?

Sometimes priests will explicitly refuse to give absolution to the penitent, is it possible to bypass the refusal of a specific priest and be forgiven of the sins another way when this happens? ...
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Was there any meaningful difference between the terms “presbyter” and “priest” in early Christianity?

There has been much debate between Christian denominations on whether or not there is a special priesthood rooted in apostolic succession. I do not mean to disturb this debate with my question, but I ...
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Similarities and differences between the priesthood in the Catholic and the LDS Church

As a follow up to Similarities and differences between the priesthood of all believers and the LDS priesthood, I ask what are similarities and differences between the priesthood in the Catholic and ...
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Similarities and differences between the priesthood of all believers and the LDS priesthood

In the LDS Church, all men and older boys are encouraged to obtain the priesthood. Women are also encouraged to receive ordinances in the temple, which Joseph Smith described as entering into an "...
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What is the relationship between the mass and the cross in precise terms?

I have read that during a mass the sacrifice of the cross is "re-presented" which is to say "presented again", which implies that the single sacrifice of the cross is just neatly packaged up and ...
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What is the difference, if any, between elders and priests in the LDS church?

Inspired by this other question which asks about how there are quite a few priests in the Mormon church. In my case most (if not all) of the Mormons that I have met all had a lapel that identified ...
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Did Job hold the priesthood according to LDS teaching?

According to LDS teaching, did Job have the priesthood? It would make sense for Job to be a high priest, since his life pointed towards Christ (which is a main duty of high priests), but I could find ...
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Why are there so many priests in the LDS Church?

I don't have any hard number, but in most other churches, usually there are only a few priests per church (if they have priests). In the LDS Church on the other hand, usually almost half of the ...
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How do priests choose who is going to be the main celebrant at Mass?

When there's lots of priests in a parish or visiting priests, how do priests decide which one is going to be the main celebrant and which one is going to concelebrate (or just appear before Communion)?...
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What is a priest of Rome?

While writing a paper for school, I looked back at this answer so I could use that passage as a reference. In doing so, I got a good look at the title of the book, which I never had before. It’s ...
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Is it possible for an Eastern Rite Catholic to change over to the Roman Rite and become ordained as Latin Rite priest?

Is it possible for an Eastern Rite Catholic to change over to the Roman Rite and become ordained as Latin Rite priest? Is it possible for a layperson of an Eastern Catholic Rite (say the Melkite Rite)...
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Protestant Interpretation of John 20:23 in Light of Matthew 9:8?

How is: John 20:21-23 Εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς πάλιν Εἰρήνη ὑμῖν καθὼς ἀπέσταλκέν με ὁ Πατήρ, κἀγὼ πέμπω ὑμᾶς καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν ἐνεφύσησεν καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς Λάβετε Πνεῦμα Ἅγιον ἄν τινων ἀφῆτε ...
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Can a Catholic priest adopt a child?

A Catholic priest must take a vow of celibacy (i.e. unmarried) and thus expected to remain continent (i.e. abstain from sex) so as not to commit a fornication. Is a priest permitted to adopt a child, ...
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Married man becoming Latin Rite Catholic priest if giving up sex?

This article (A Brief History of Celibacy in the Catholic Church) states: "In the Latin Church, one may be a married priest if one is a life-long Catholic but promises never again to have sexual ...
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What steps has the Catholic Church taken as a whole to address a shortage of priests?

It seems like the first instinct of the news media when it comes to the Church's response to a shortage of priests is to end the rule enforcing celibacy. But that is not what the Church has been ...
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Why is the interlocking-squares (gammadia) a symbol of the Melchizedek Priesthood?

I was reading about the relatively new discovery of the Apostle Phillip's gravesite in Turkey, and it briefly mentioned that the square was represented in his grave and it was significant because the ...
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How does ordination confer priestly powers to Catholic priests?

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 ...
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What would happen to the Catholic Church if all of the bishops get wiped out? [closed]

If some maniacal, evil, "hitler-esque" dictator decided that he wanted to cripple the Catholic church by assassinating all the bishops, and then he actually succeeds at killing them all, how would the ...
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Hebrews 5:1 and the pope

When reading Hebrews 5 I couldn't help but think of the Catholic Church and the position of pope. Would Catholicism regard the role of pope as appointed/anointed to "act on behalf of men in relation ...
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Can a priest resign?

Is a priest permitted to resign from his position? By this I mean, can he voluntarily choose to stop serving as a priest, and no longer be under the restrictions of a priest (e.g. that they cannot ...
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In Presbyterianism, what is the basis for a parallel between the office of deacon and Christ's priestly office?

In Presbyterianism, there are three "titles" that can be given to officers of a church: Teaching elder (e.g., pastors) Ruling elder Deacon Last weekend I heard something rather novel, at least to ...
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Are Catholics permitted to honour Mary as a priest?

Mary, the Mother of Jesus was present at the foot of the Cross as her Son was dying in order to ransom mankind from sin. This got me thinking that Mary must hold a special place in Catholic devotion. ...
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Lutheranism: “Pastor” or “Priest”?

I have noticed that some Lutheran churches refer to their ministers as "priests" while others refer to their ministers as "pastors." When did some Lutheran churches cease using "priest" in favor of "...
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Why are there only male popes?

I didn't found sources of female popes (I don't count "Pope Joan", as it wasn't respected from the society). Does give the Bible or Theology give a reason/explanation for that? I'm of course aware of ...
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Were there any female priests in the temple?

Were there any female priests in the temple in Jerusalem at any time?
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Is there a concept of Ministerial Priesthood existing in Protestantism?

Catholicism teaches ministerial priesthood (source). Is there a concept of Ministerial Priesthood existing in Protestantism? I'm referring to the hierarchy as well as to those who perform the ...
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What is the LDS church's stance on the curse of Cain?

Since the restoration, the LDS Church has taught that certain dark skinned people were cursed to be cut off from the presence of the Lord: 20 Wherefore, the word of the Lord was fulfilled which he ...
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Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?

I was having a discussion with someone and I said that if a Catholic priest took a Protestant service, it would not be bona fide Protestant service. They replied that Catholic priests can become ...
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Have any popes explicitly expressed disapproval of the inclusion of homosexual priests, including the nonpracticing, into the priesthood?

A 2002 Los Angeles Times poll of 1,854 priests in the US found that 9% of the priests surveyed marked themselves as homosexual with 6% identifying as 'somewhere in between but more on the homosexual ...
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Did Samuel act as a priest on top of being a prophet?

Thinking about the life of Samuel, you can see that in some ways lived like a priest on top of being a prophet, despite being from the half-tribe of Ephraim. One, he was brought up in the temple by ...
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Why are archdeacons (Anglican, Catholic, or Orthodox) called “The Venerable”? What is the origin, in Latin and English, of this title?

Wikipedia doesn't seem to provide a fleshed-out etymology of this title. Who first held it? When did its usage become applied to all archdeacons. And do archdeacons ever have issues with the title, ...
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By what authority does the Catholic church have priests?

What does the Catholic church consider their priesthood? Is it a power and authority to administer the church or is it a brotherhood of people who follow Christ? Since Christianity, in general, is ...
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Why did the RLDS start giving the priesthood to women?

There is a common belief amongst mainstream LDS that the reason the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) started ordaining women with the ...
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Orthodox Priest Assignment

Here is a thread answering how Catholic Priests get assigned to parishes. How is this done for Orthodox Priests? What is that process and does a newly ordained priest have any say over his assignment?...
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According to the LDS church, when was the priesthood lost?

I suppose this has no definitive answer, but maybe I am wrong, so: From an LDS view, when was divine authority in the early church lost? From all I have read and heard so far about the early church, ...
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Are there physical or psychological conditions that are a barrier to ordination to the Priesthood in the Catholic Church?

It is my understanding that priests in the Old Testament, sons of Aaron, were to be without blemish. [cf. Lev 21:16-24 (RSVCE)]. In the history of Church to the present day, have there been and are ...
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Does the Catholic Church verify whether candidates to the priesthood are really men?

In Catholic Church, only a baptized man can be ordained a priest. cf. CCC 1577 "Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination." The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the ...
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Why do (some) Anglican vicars use 'sing-songy' voices?

I'm confirmed into the Anglican Communion, though I haven't been a regular attender for about 10 years. Now 67 years old, I'm still interested in my Anglican heritage and what my Anglican infant ...
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What is the Catholic Church's answer to a woman/women claiming that God has called them to the Priesthood?

In this answer, we were introduced to the concept and meaning of vocation, a calling from God. In this article, 'Group Called ‘Roman Catholic Womenpriests’ Say They Are Defying The Church To Answer A ...
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The Eucharist and the supernatural Priesthood

This is probably a question mostly directed at Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity. Why is it that only a priest can consecrate the Eucharist? Is there the assumption that there is some sort of ...
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What is the justification of disallowing women to become Roman Catholic priests? [duplicate]

We all know Jesus had chosen his apostles who are all men. But is there any passage in the bible that says Women cannot become priests?
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Why couldn't a person in the OT be both priest and king?

In 1 Samuel 13, Saul is king and yet performs priestly duties even though he shouldn't have. Samuel rebukes Saul and tells him that his kingdom is slowly coming to an end because of his disobedience. ...