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Must a man first be a priest before being consecrated a bishop?

Yes. He must be priest for at least 5 years before being consecrated a bishop: Can. 378 §1. In regard to the suitability of a candidate for the episcopacy, it is required that he is: […] 4/ ordained ...
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When did Paul receive Holy Orders?

Paul says that he received his calling direct from God and not from man (flesh and blood), then went to Arabia, then Damascus and met Peter only after a further three years, in which he had already ...
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How did the threefold distinction of Deacon, Priest and Bishop come about?

The early overlap in the three offices was primarily between bishop (ἐπίσκοπος - episkopos) and presbyter (or "priest", "elder"; πρεσβύτερος - presbyteros). "In the Apostolic writings," writes ...
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How did the threefold distinction of Deacon, Priest and Bishop come about?

The first century writing known as the Didache only mentions apostles, or missionaries. However, Paul's use of the Greek term for deacon ('servant') indicates that this office dates from the early ...
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Did priests ever ordain other priests?

If it is possible, it is almost impossible to state something never happend. So either there is an account of it happening, and then we know it happend, or it can be proven it cannot have happend, and ...
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Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?

Canonical age for Holy Orders 1983 can. 1031 §1 (=1917 can. 975 §1) says one must be at least 25 to be ordained licitly (legally): The presbyterate [priesthood] is not to be conferred except on those ...
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Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?

Holy Orders is a call to a specific role in the church. The role includes providing spiritual counsel, church leadership, presiding at Mass, instructing the faithful, hearing confession. None of these ...
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When did Paul receive Holy Orders?

Within the Eastern Orthodox Church, what you refer to as "Holy Orders" I think would be referred to as Cheirotonia, which in the ancient Church was accomplished by the laying on of hands (Acts 6:2-6, ...
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