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What a “dispensation” is First of all, a “dispensation” is a legal term, in which the competent authority relieves one of its subjects from having to follow a law (or part of a law) in a particular case. The Code of Canon Law describes dispensations as follows: A dispensation, or the relaxation of a merely ecclesiastical law in a particular case, can be ...


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Archbishops in the Church of England, as a rule, must retire on or before their seventieth birthdays. However, in special circumstances, the Queen can grant an extension of up to one year. Archbishop Sentamu will be 70 on June 10th 2019. In the ordinary course of events therefore he was scheduled to retire on June 10th, 2019, unless he announced he wished ...


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Because from the earliest times, bishops have been seen as the fulcrum of the local Christian community: the priests being their fellow workers; and the deacons their servants. Apostolic succession also comes through the bishops who alone can ordain new bishops and priests. For example, St. Ignatius, bishop of Antioch in A.D. 107, writes in his epistle to ...


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Short answer: The Pope can. Can. 331 CIC: The bishop of the Roman Church, in whom continues the office given by the Lord uniquely to Peter, the first of the Apostles, and to be transmitted to his successors, is the head of the college of bishops, the Vicar of Christ, and the pastor of the universal Church on earth. By virtue of his office he possesses ...


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In the context of liturgy (in the beginning of Mass), only the bishop is allowed to say “Peace be with you” in the beginning of Mass. As to why it is so, we can speculate that it’s likely because the bishop has the fullness of the priesthood, and thus being so like Christ in his office, he is thus authorized to say it. I have yet to pore into the rubrics to ...


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As a lifelong Protestant, by baptism into the Church of Scotland at the age of five, sixty three years ago, by baptism into that which is called Protestant and Evangelical at the age of sixteen and by further acceptance into fellowship, in adulthood, I would say the following : It is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let ...


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What happens to a diocese when a bishop dies unexpectedly? Prior to the naming of Archbishop Exner in my archdiocese, we were without a bishop for 11 months. The diocesan administrator (later named the apostolic administrator just prior his visit ad limina as a priest) performed most of the normal functions of the archbishop. The term "sede vacante" ...


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St. Robert's opinion that St. Peter consecrated the other Apostles bishops doesn't seem common. For example, D. I. Lanslots, O.S.B., says in his The Primitive Church: The Church in the Days of the Apostles ch. 15: Christ directly consecrated His Apostles bishops; they and their successors were to consecrate all others. The "Apostolic College" Catholic ...


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Canon VI of the Council of Nicaea says, among other things: LET the ancient customs in Egypt, Libya and Pentapolis prevail, that the Bishop of Alexandria have jurisdiction in all these, since the like is customary for the Bishop of Rome also. Likewise in Antioch and the other provinces, let the Churches retain their privileges. Canon VII says: ...


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One can never do evil so that a good comes about (cf. Rom. 3:8,6:1: "let us do evil, that there may come good? whose damnation is just. … Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid."). A vasectomy for contraceptive purposes is mutilation, and mutilation is a sin (cf., e.g., 1 Cor. 3:16 & 12:18). There can be no dispensation to sin. That ...


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St. Robert Bellarmine's De Romano Pontifice (On the Roman Pontiff), recently translated into English for the first time, treats the question "Should the Ecclesiastical Government be a Monarchy?" in book 1, chapters 5 through 9: The Second Question is Proposed; Should the Ecclesiastical Government be a Monarchy? That the Government of the Church ...


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The scriptural basis on which Catholicism support the church polity of monarchial episcopate are the following scriptural passages: Acts 21:18 On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present-(ESV) In Catholicism, being an elder and being a bishop are two different offices.Futhermore, in Catholicism, St. James was ...


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Well, as you point out, the term Bishop—which is ultimately derived from the Greek episkopos > biscop [Old English] > bishop—literally just means "overseer." While it came to mean a leader over several parishes in many traditions, its more general meaning could just as easily be applied to someone who oversees a single congregation, which these historically ...


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Bishops in themselves are not infallible. However, they do participate in some way in the infallibility of the Catholic Church. Catholic Bishops participate in the ordinary and universal episcopal magisterium of the Catholic Church. This is a fuzzy set of teachings that are infallible, and come from the authority of the Church to teach The Faith. What ...


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The problem in the question is here: It seemed strange to me that someone could go straight from being excommunicated to being a bishop, They won't go "straight from excommunication to being a bishop." To be and to act as an ordained minister, and act within the office appointed, a clergyman must be in communion with the church. Can. 149 §1. To ...


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In recent articles and photographs, Pope Benedict has stopped wearing the shoulder cape and the cincture. He continues to wear the watered silk cassock of the papacy and wears a simple gold ring baring the seal of the papacy (not his seal nor that of Pope Francis) just a seal of the office. He is now wearing simple brown walking shoes (no longer the red ...


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The Lutheran doctrine of the pastoral ministry (popularized by C.F. Walther) is that it is an apostolic office. Technically speaking each senior or sole pastor of a local church is an overseer (i.e. bishop) of that church. Although, to be sure the nomenclature if "bishop" is not used that often. In the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, sometimes ...


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For example, Bishop Robert Charles Morlino, S.J., of Madison, WI, passed away this past Saturday. The Madison diocese belongs to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, whose archbishop is Jerome Edward Listecki, so he would take care of any pressing issues in the archdiocese before a new bishop is appointed to the Madison diocese. Confirmations †Morlino might have ...


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If a bishop ever publically ordered the execution of someone it would somehow probably be in connection to the inquisition. However most inquisitors were Dominicans (or Franciscans to a lesser degree). But that said, I am sure there were probably a few bishops who may have been judges in these tribunals. When local clergy were placed in a position to judge ...


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It appears that for autocephalous Orthodox Churches, their Holy Synod has the authority to laicize them. Although the person in question was "demoted" to monk and not fully laicized, I believe I have found an illustrative and extremely recent example (Wikipedia, which I quote below [editing out the references]; news source). The person in question, ...


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Why does a priest say "The Lord Be With You” and a bishop say "Peace Be With You" as a liturgical greeting? The main reason although not expressed as such is that the pope and all bishops are considered the successors of the Apostles (of Our Lord, Jesus Christ). Priests are normally under the jurisdiction of their local ordinaries (bishop). ...


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Is there a Catholic bishop with jurisdiction over space? The short answer is yes and no. There is at least one bishop who claims jurisdiction over the moon and that is in space. An obscure law from 1917 places the moon under the purview of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida. The Diocese of Orlando, Florida, covers much of the greater central Florida ...


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Bishops unfaithful to Church teaching on homosexuality The Catechism teaches that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. Persons who suffer from same-sex attraction are called by the Church to live chaste lives. Homosexual “marriages” undermine God’s plan for the family, which is oriented to the rearing and educating of children through the ...


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Under Canon Law at the time, there technically was a "bishop of the moon" Bishop William D. Borders was the bishop of the Diocese of Orlando (which contains Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center where NASA launched Apollo 11) did make the tongue-in-cheek claim that he was now officially the bishop of the moon. During an interfaith banquet ...


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When did the Catholic Church first prohibit bishops from remarrying? For St. Paul being married to a woman for the first time seems to be a prerequisite for the office of the episcopate. Widowers who were remarried would be discouraged from becoming a bishop. Thus the phrase "the husband of one wife” implies that the candidate for this office has never ...


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Was there a time when bishops were not appointed to other sees and did not generally ever relocate? The simple answer is yes. In the Early Church, the bishop of a diocese was chosen by the local clergy and not appointed to the diocese by the pope. Thus transfers to other articles sees was extremely rare, if not non-existent. It was however not unheard of ...


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Does Catholic Church acknowledge St. Paul the Apostle as consecrated Bishop during Apostolic times? The short answer is yes. The Catholic Encyclopedia states that St. Paul actually consecrated Timothy a Bishop by St. Paul himself thus St. Paul had to have been a bishop. From Scripture we learn that the Apostles appointed others by an external rite (...


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The reason why a Catholic bishop's Coat of Arms are green dwells in the fact that green was the original color worn by bishops and archbishops was green, not purple. The shield is the green ecclesiastical hat called a “gallero” with twenty tassels pendant on both sides. This broad brimmed hat, once worn in cavalcades, is no longer used but remains as a ...


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I believe that the OP means: Identifying Ordinary and Universal Magisterium of the Catholic Church. I can understand some confusion on this topic as the terms in use are in no way constant and even are somewhat changeable. The Church has yet to update its' canonical language on this subject. The term ‘ordinary magisterium’ was first used by Pius IX in the ...


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