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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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Why does Catholicism have priests but Protestantism does not?

The Catholic Church (and apparently Lutheran, Anglican and Episcopalian churches) have clergy with the title of "priest", as did Old Testament Judaism. Are Protestant "preachers", "reverends", "...
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In Catholicism, what does it mean for a priest to bless an object or person?

Catholic priests bless water to make holy water and they bless the faithful at the end of Sunday masses. The Pope has a special apostolic blessing that he gives out sometimes. I know that it is good ...
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What happened to the wives of priests when celibacy was first instituted in the Catholic church?

Since priests were not originally expected to be celibate, many must have been married when celibacy was first introduced. So what happened to the wives during this time when the institution started?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What different acts do Catholic priests require of people who go to confession?

I understand that when people go to confessional in the Catholic Church, the priest will often prescribe certain things for them to do for penance in order for their sins to be forgiven. I have heard ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can a priest administer last rites to himself?

In Catholicism, is a priest allowed to administer the "last rites" to himself (assuming no one else is there to do it for him)?
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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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Is confessing to a priest the only way to be forgiven? [closed]

We first confess in our first communion and the priests say that we should always confess our sins, but is it the only way to be forgiven by God ? Can't we pray and ask for forgiveness? I've heard of ...
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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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Is there a specific purpose in placing a hot coal to your lips?

I read the lyrics for Kutlass' song "Take Me In" and the particular lyrics:"take the coal, touch my lips, here I am". Was there a significant purpose for that action or was it symbolic?
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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between a priest and a pastor?

I'm writing a book and one character is Catholic and I'm not sure whether to use pastor or priest. And, one character gets possessed, yes I know that that's fictional, but would a Catholic "leader" ...
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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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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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Have sons of Orthodox priests often taken over their fathers' ministries?

Orthodox priests are in some circumstances allowed to be married and have children. Many sons of priests presumably become priests themselves. Have local priests often been succeeded in the job by ...
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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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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 differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?

I have been looking at the list of rectors of Eversholt church, Bedfordshire, from the Bedfordshire Archives Service Catalogue. The various people listed there are each described as one of: (with ...
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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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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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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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What are the conditions for removing excommunication of a married priest?

If a Catholic priest leaves his priesthood and marries a woman, he is automatically excommunicated. Does the Catholic Church recognize his marriage? He marries outside of the Chuch so his marriage is ...
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What is the standard length of assignments for Catholic priests in parishes?

A priest at my parish is leaving next year. It seems that six years may be somewhat standard. Is six years a local, national (American), or worldwide time frame for any given priest in any given ...
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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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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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What is the origin of the tradition that priests had a rope tired around them when they went into the Holy of Holies?

We have been told that it was custom for priests to have a rope tied on to them before they entered the tent where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, just in case something happened to them while they ...
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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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How do I interpret this list of mediaeval rectors?

This is a rewording of the question What differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?. While I asked much the same questions within the body of the article there, the ...
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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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Can I say, "Bless You" to our Catholic priest?

Our priest does such a great job at our church. I shook his hand after church and said "Bless you". I meant to say "Bless you for all you do", but was it offensive to bless a priest?
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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 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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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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