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Was Jesus The Lamb of God or the High Priest (that offers the lamb as a sacrifice)?

Was Jesus The Lamb of God or the High Priest (whom offers the lamb as a sacriffice)? John the baptist said " Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" John 1:19 And in ...
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Sacriledge of Altar

Should the Altar in a Catholic Church be reconsecrated after a jr high boy, under the direction of his teacher and sanctioned by the priest, lay on top of the Altar while practicing The Stations of ...
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Is there a respectful way to address a Catholic priest other than "Father"?

Many Protestants object to the practice of addressing priests as "Father," citing Matthew 23:9. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Is ...
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How does the Catholic Church interpret Matthew 23:9 so as to normalize priests being called Father?

Wikipedia explains the etymology of the word Pope as follows: The word pope is derived ultimately from the Greek πάππας (páppas) originally an affectionate term meaning "father", later ...
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Does the Catholic Church Promulgate Anything Specific Regarding Priests and Firearms?

Does the Catholic Church have any explicit laws regarding priests and the ownership of or the carrying of firearms? I am under the impression that Canon Law (someplace) forbids for all clerics from ...
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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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Can priests be on capital punishment juries?

Can priests be on capital punishment juries, or is this interdicted as an irregularity by canon law?
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What Does St. Francis de Sales Mean by "Sounding Periods" in Sermons?

In St. Alphonsus Liguori's Dignity and Duties of the Priest, it is written: Empty words and sounding periods are, says St. Francis de Sales, the pest of sermons. (De la Predic. ch. 5, a. I.) First, ...
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According to Catholicism, is divine chastisement due especially to the sins of priests? [closed]

According to Catholicism, is divine chastisement due especially to the sins of priests?
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Are there any examples of canonized saints reprimanding insubordinate women?

What are some examples of canonized saints either educating or disciplining women over insubordination in church matters where a priest or bishop would be expected to be in charge or not tolerating ...
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Do Catholic Priests Make Yearly Visits to Households Anymore?

I am under the impression that a Roman Catholic parish priest must visit the households of his parish on an annual basis. But is this done anymore? I am sure it has been promulgated somewhere and at ...
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Pope Pius VI and the French Revolution's "Civil Constitution of the Clergy"

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy was a law passed during the French Revolution which attempted to make subordinate the Catholic Church in France to the French government. Among other things, it ...
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If and When a Catholic Priest May Reveal Something from a Penitent's Confession

This question is motivated by one of the answers given here for the question Is religious confession legally privileged. I am under the impression, correct me if I am wrong, that if a Catholic priest ...
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Kinds of "Traffic" Catholic Priests are Forbidden to Engage in

According to Instruction VIII of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Dignity and Duties of the Priest: In conformity with the words of the Apostle: No man being a soldier to God entangleth himself with secular ...
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Is there any evidence that in the middle ages (France and maybe Spain), there was a wafer/bread given to the priests as a gift for the priest?

Is there any evidence that in the middle ages (specifically in France and maybe Spain), there was a wafer/bread given to the priests as a gift for the priest and not given to be used for Eucharist?
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Does Catholicism confound the role of "elder" and "priest"?

I am somewhat interested in joining the Roman Catholic Church, but there are some things that I've had to further investigate, one of which is the role of "elder" and "priest" in the Roman Catholic ...
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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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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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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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Looking for Complete Online Collection of the Sermons of German Priest, Fr. Franz Hunolt, S.J

From Wikipedia: Hunolt's idea was to treat the entire field of morals in his sermons thoroughly and completely. Each of the six volumes contains seventy-two sermons, and the various divisions in each ...
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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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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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What level of papal distinction does Prior General Gilles Wach hold?

Prior General Gilles Wach is referred to as a Monsignor, meaning he must hold one of the three levels of papal honors. I'm not sure when he became a monsignor, but apparently it was before he founded ...
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Does Presbuteros mean priest? [duplicate]

According to Catholic and Orthodox apologists, priests in the New Testament are called "elders" and to defend this, they say that the Greek word Presbuteros means priests, but is this true?
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When did the prohibition of marriage for priests in the Catholic church originate?

The Bible mentions that one of the miracles Jesus performed was the healing of Peter's mother-in-law. This makes it quite clear that Peter himself was married, and Peter is the considered the first ...
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What specifically changed about Catholic seminaries in the 20th Century?

The Society of Saint Pius X is known to have been founded at least in part because a group of priests/seminarians did not like the changes made to seminaries. In the midst of the council, everything ...
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Has the Catholic Church thought of setting up of a corpus to fund the safe commuting of parish priests within the territory of their service?

Every now and then, one comes across the sad news of the death of a young priest in road accident. Strangely, most of those accidents involve the two-wheeler motor vehicle the priest was riding on. ...
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Why does only the priest receive Communion under both kinds at a Catholic Mass?

In a Catholic Mass, why does only the priest receive Communion under both kinds (under the species of bread and wine)?
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Under what circumstances is a priest supposed to deny forgiveness to a person?

As I understand it, in Roman Catholic practice, people regularly confess their sins to a priest, who then instructs them what they must do in order to be forgiven. However, it is apparently possible ...
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Priest moved from position as Vicar of a County to a Monsignor of a Parish

Is it a demotion if a priest who was Vicar of a local County is moved to another county within the same state but named Monsignor of a local Parish? I’m referring to priests in Pennsylvania USA.
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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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Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic priests who were accused of sexual abuse in the USA?

Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic priests who were accused of sexual abuse in the USA? The Catholic Church has suffered from the unfaithful and immoral priests ...
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At what point in history did Catholic priests begin to be called pastors?

I have recently, within the last year or so, begun to notice the sometimes reference to Catholic Pastors. I assume that this term is in reference to Priests. I grew up Catholic and attended Catholic ...
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Are Roman Catholic priests ever addressed as pastor?

I found this Christianity Stack question which asks if Lutherans use pastor or priest: Lutheranism: "Pastor" or "Priest"? However, my question is specifically regarding the Roman ...
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Does a priest have to consume the Eucharist no matter the state of his soul?

Can a priest decide not to consume the Eucharist during mass if in doubt whether he is in mortal sin? We know he still has the power to change the host and wine into Christ's body no matter the state ...
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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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Are priests who committed a sin together able to validly administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to each other?

The Vatican recently released a report about the Holy See's knowledge and involvement in former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's rise to prominence despite allegations of sexual misconduct. The report ...
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How far are priests and other religious allowed to go in terms of political endorsements (or non-endorsements)?

In the USA, I've heard priests say that they can't endorse any candidates but the Bishops put out a fairly unambiguous voters guide every election that clearly says there are non-negotiable issues (...
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What's the difference between pastor, parochial administrator and parochial vicar in the Catholic Church?

I was looking through the list of appointments to a nearby parish and noticed that the Bishop is mixing things up, but not really changing much. Two parishes in a nearby city are linked, with two ...
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Where are you going if you killed the Priest after you got The instrument of forgiveness from him? [closed]

This is one of the most known contradiction which I know in Christianity doctrine , Many Christians belives with the instrument of forgiveness which they received it from priest in order to forgive ...
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What bible courses do men take in seminary before becoming an ordained priest?

What bible courses do men take to before becoming an ordained priest? A college course book from a Catholic seminary only list one semester in bible theology.
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Why do some Christians (Coptic orthodox and catholic) kiss the priest's hand?

Considering kissing priest's hand is a christianity learning, where did this learning came from? Considering kissing priest's hand is a custom Where did this custom came from, Why it is wide ...
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If you request and receive pastoral advice from a priest, are you culpable if the advice is wrong?

I believe I remember reading a portion of some important document that indicated that the laity incur no culpability for sins committed at the direction of a priest and which the laity in question ...
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What is the rationale for forbidding priests to marry in traditions where already-married men are allowed to become priests?

As everyone knows, married men are unable to be ordained as priests in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, nor are priests allowed to get married for as long as they remain priests. This is ...
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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 Carlo Maria Viganò's religious order?

I was wondering in which religious order did Viganò got ordained as a priest (is he franciscan, jesuit, dominican)?
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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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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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Are Catholic priests expert in exorcism?

I watched the entire series of The Exorcist movie and I enjoyed it. However, I am curious if this movie is representing the reality about demons and how they are driven out by Catholic priests. Are ...
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Where did the priests who served the Lord in Shiloh live?

I am currently editing a children's book of biblical stories. In the story of Samuel, the book says that Samuel went to live with Eli in the house of the Lord. 1 Samuel 3: 1-4 (NIV): 1 The boy ...