Questions tagged [priesthood]

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

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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a High priest as the leader of their church But according to the book of Hebrews the Priesthood of Christ can never be superceded by another ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Catholic doctrine on spiritual vocation

I was reading Angelic Doctor about religious vocation (= a invation from God to life as dioceasn priest or in some kind of religous order (like Dominicans, Franciscans...)) and it seems that he did ...
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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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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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How does one discern a calling to the vocation of priesthood?

Approaching this from a Catholic perspective, what are good signs that God is calling you to the vocation of priesthood, in other words, what must one look for to know whether you are called to the ...
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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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In the LDS church what is the process of calling a new prophet?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was originally founded by Joseph Smith believed to be a prophet of God. After his death he was followed by Brigham Young and after Brighams death it was ...
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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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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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According to Evangelicalism when did Jesus become the High Priest?

In the Aaronic Priesthood, priests come and go but Jesus is a priest forever. Hebrews 7:23-25 (MSG) 23-25 Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why did Pope Francis raise the minimum age for being granted 'Monsignor' from 35 to 65 years?

'Monsignor' is used for priests who have received certain specific honorary awards or who hold certain offices. The grant is subject to the criteria of the Holy See, including a minimum age, which ...
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Whether Ignatian spiritual exercises are good for the discernment of vocation according to Thomistic understanding of vocation?

All I know about Ignatian spiritual exercises was orally transmitted to me from priests and others, therefore I may misunderstand Ignatian spiritual exercises and in that case please correct me. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 doesn't the Catholic Church support female priests?

Understanding that the Catholic Church has its foundation in Judaism, which is a male based religion, how does she justify the fact that women cannot administer religious rites?
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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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What is the scriptural basis for clerical celibacy?

In the Catholic Church, priests are required to stay celibate. (As far as I know, protestant priests that convert to Catholicism are allowed an exception -- they can become Catholic priests even if ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who was Melchizedek? [closed]

Melchizedek ("King of Justice" in Hebrew) is mentioned in Genesis 14 as receiving the dime from Abraham, and breaking bread with him: 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: ...