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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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Generally, the Bishops are not in the business of writing and publishing scholarly works. What happens is that Catholic authors write a work, then seek official permission to publish (imprimatur), and an endorsement that the contents are not contrary to the faith (nihil obstat). The original Catholic Encyclopedia obtained both (which are visible at the ...


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Previous popes who abdicated lived in seclusion (in fact Celestine V was imprisoned) so it's highly unlikely that there will be any useful or easily-available records of what they did. As Benedict XVI has said that he will do likewise, any answer must necessarily speculate. It is possible to draw on general rules, though. The pope's priestly ordination and ...


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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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There are up to 5 steps to Appointing the Archbishop in the Sydney diocess: Stage 1 - Nominations Stage 2 - Select List Stage 3 - Final List Stage 4 - Final Choice of a Nominee Stage 5 - Offer, Acceptance, Declaration of Election etc To be nominated (stage 1) 2 people from Synod must nominate a duly qualified person via a nomination form before synod ...


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Just in case you were wondering, the Archbishop of Sydney is not the chief clergyman of the Anglican Church of Australia. That is Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane. Also, methods of appointing bishops differ very much within the Anglican church. Typically they are elected by a synod. In the Church of England they are nominally appointed by the ...


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(Full disclosure, I am an Anglican / Episcopalian. I am 100% behind a very, very strong view of Scriptural authority, though I believe in the case of female priests, the old interpretation is not really in line with what Paul or God wrote. As such, I think it's totally okay to have a female priest- but for Scriptural reasons. ) 1. There is a scriptural case ...


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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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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'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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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 Should not ...


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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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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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From the prefatory material: The Encyclopedia bears the imprimatur of the Most Reverend Archbishop [of New York, John Cardinal Farley,] under whose jurisdiction it is published. In constituting the editors the ecclesiastical censors, he has given them a singular proof of his confidence I take this to mean that the five members of the Editorial Board were ...


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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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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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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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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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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). Pax vobis (or ...


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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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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 before the ...


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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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