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Yes, a Roman Catholic Priest can adopt children. In 1981, the Vatican granted permission to Fr. George Clements, of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Chicago the permission to adopt a child, and he later adopted three more. I expect another Catholic Priest seeking to do so would need permission, but not necessarily from the Vatican.


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In the Doctrine and Covenants, section 107 verses 13-17 we read: 13 The second priesthood is called the Priesthood of Aaron, because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations. 14 Why it is called the lesser priesthood is because it is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood, and has power in ...


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Catholic version Priest The biblical order of presbyters. One who conducts sacrifices Vicar, a priest who is the bishop's helper Dean (arch-priest) a priest who is designated by the bishop to oversee a number of parishes Monsignor, a title given by a Bishop to an exemplary priest. Pastor The priest who is in charge or a parish, he may have associate ...


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The Church had been initially organized in 1830 with Joseph Smith as the first Elder and Oliver Cowdery as the second. In 1832, Joseph Smith organized a First Presidency and appointed two counselors. One of these was Sidney Rigdon, The other was excommunicated in 1833 and his replacement disappeared about 1837. Oliver Cowdery had been appointed Assistant ...


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The short answer is, “it is theoretically possible but unlikely and uncommon.” I will begin by pointing out that some Catholic priests are, in fact, married: most of these are Eastern Catholic clergy or converts from Anglicanism who were married before being ordained priests; the rest are priests who have been laicized (i.e., they are forbidden from ...


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Originally there was no age requirements mentioned when Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Aaronic Priesthood on May 15, 1829.1 Doctrine and Covenants also do not mention a specific age.2 It was a custom early on in the church to generally only ordain adult males, only allowing a small number of youths, but there was no specific doctrine or ...


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An attempt at a generic Protestant version. Note that these are guidelines, and additional tradition-specific versions should be consulted! Clergy: Priest One who conducts the rituals that mediate between God and man. Pastor From a word meaning 'shepherd', one who 'watches over' a church, manages it, and tends to its members. Because of the shepherd ...


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Divorce doesn't actually exist in the Roman Catholic Church, so the simple answer is No: they can't. There is annulment, where a marriage ceases to have canonical effect — it is almost as though it had never been (see this answer — it's complicated). Married people who divorce and whose marriage is annulled can marry in church; it's likely that ...


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Actually cardinals, bishops and pope, all hold one and the same degree of Holy Orders in the Catholic Church. All of them are bishops. Pope: Bishop of Rome is called Pope. As the bishop of Rome he is considered to be first amongst equals.Supremacy of Popes Pope just means Father/Papa Cardinals: They are special bishopssee note 1 chosen by the Pope to help ...


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The churches of the Anglican Communion recognize the validity of Holy orders conferred by the Roman Catholic Church, so that a Bishop, Priest or Deacon who converted from Catholicism to Anglicanism, would remain a Bishop, Priest or Deacon, and could serve in the appropriate roles in the Anglican Church, subject to the relevant canon(s) of the various ...


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Catholic priests are called 神父 "Shenfu" (Mandarin) or "Sunfu" (Cantonese), literally "God- father". For reference please go to http://zh-yue.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%A5%9E%E7%88%B6; then click on English (on the left hand side) to see a (rough, not very precise) translation of the page. Another source is myself: Chinese is my native language and this is the ...


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Pay close attention to the words and what they are referring to here: 1 Samuel 1:1 There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. Samuel, and even his father, were not Ephrathites, for Ephrathites were generally Judahites. Zuph ...


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The Catholic Church believes in three different types of priests: (Edited from this Wikipedia article.) first, the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5–9); second, the ordained priesthood (Acts 14:23, Romans 15:16, Titus 1:5); and third, the high priesthood of Jesus (Hebrews 3:1). The Catholic Church accepts the 'priesthood of all believers' doctrine. ...


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The crux of this question seems to lie in the final paragraph: So, what specific priesthood did the line of Adam from Seth to Noah hold that would have to predate the other two priesthoods by at least four centuries? The confusion leading to this question is cleared up in Doctrine and Covenants, section 107: 2 Why the first [order of Priesthood] ...


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The short answer to 'Why are there only male popes?' is 'Because there are only male priests.' The Church spells out the why of that practice in a formal doctrinal statement within the Catechism of the Catholic church -- article 1577 presents the basic support for this position. The Catechism uses varied references to support its teachings: Scripture ...


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The answer is both 'yes' and 'no'. A priest can resign from the priesthood and seek dispensation from his clerical obligations, yet the Church will always regard him as a 'laicised' priest, since ordination is regarded as irrevocable. Canon 1583: It is true that someone validly ordained can, for a just reason, be discharged from the obligations and ...


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The policy for who presides at sacrament meeting is found in Handbook 2, 18.2*: The bishop oversees ward meetings. He presides at these meetings unless a member of the stake presidency, an Area Seventy, or a General Authority attends. His counselors may conduct ward meetings and may preside if he is absent. Presiding authorities and visiting high ...


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John still held the priesthood during that time (as did the three Nephites who were given the same blessing as John), but the function of the priesthood was limited to his particular, ministerial duties. In other words, the fulness of the Priesthood was not active because its keys did not remain on the earth. John was not called to be the President of the ...


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Short answer: Jesus did not ordain women. Long Answer: It is because of Christ's example in sacred scripture and because of Apostolic Tradition (Tradition with a capital 'T'). The Church does not consider herself authorized to change this. Christ could have ordained women to priesthood. He had the power to do that and he chose not to. Christ chose those ...


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The strongest restriction is that the priests of the Israelite nation could only be from the tribe of Levi, and specifically on descendants of Aaron. Some verses showing this include Numbers 3:10, 3:38 and 16:40: ... This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense before the Lord ... The kingship was ...


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(1) Does the LDS Prophet claim the Petrine Seat? The simple answer to this quesion is "yes," but that's not quite right. The LDS Church recognizes Peter as an apostle of Jesus Christ and as head of the primitive church by virtue of receiving the keys of the sealing authority (Matt 16:19). However, we believe that the primitive church came to an end in a ...


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The question of whether you are called to be a priest, or really any other specific calling, is not one you make on your own. If you feel you might be called to such a thing you should follow a number of steps. Since we don't give personal spiritual advice, this will be generic advice. First, pray about it. Ask God to show you whether he is really calling ...


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I think it is as easy as you suspect. Hebrews does focus on the superiority of the New Covenant a little more from the ceremonial perspective than does some of the other Epistles, as this had more meaning to a Jewish audience. However this superiority of the blood of Christ, versus blood of bulls only has meaning as it satisfies the moral demands of the ...


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Some of the primary differences are due to the believed place of the clergy. In some churches being clergyman is considered a "vocation". If someone is called to be ordained they are ordained for life (barring exceptional circumstances). Even if they stop doing the job of a priest, they remain one. The denominations that practice this typically have a ...


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Assuming civil law allows the clergy to adopt, an answer would have to address whether Catholic canon law permits it. It would seem not because fathering children would detract from his obligations to the Church (which is a reason why priests cannot marry); he certainly could run an orphanage for such children. According to this, it isn't a situation ...


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If the Pope could, then a priest could. It is commonly believed that Pope Pius IX "adopted" a boy in very extenuating circumstances in 1856 and created in international scandal. The Mortara Affair began on this date in 1856 when a contingent of papal police kidnapped 6-year-old Edgardo Mortara from his parent’s apartment in Bologna because Church higher-...


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What should a priest who commits a mortal sin just before Holy Mass do, if confession is not available? The priest in question must make a perfect act of contrition as best he can and must go to confession as soon as possible. He may under some circumstances still say Mass. The Church has very clear guidelines on this subject: When receiving or ...


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Not explicitly, that being said, there are a variety of scriptures that indicate that men are to be ordained to the priesthood, rather than women. There are no scriptures where it speaks of the priesthood in terms of daughters or mothers. The Priesthood has always been a Patriarchal order, even in the beginning with Adam. Examples: Numbers 3:3 “These ...


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An etymology-based perspective Here are some meanings for these roles based on the original meanings as used in the New Testament. Many denominations attempt to use these terms in the same way, such as the Brethren, Presbyterians and some Baptist churches. Pastor: a shepherd. Someone who looks after the 'flock' of God: his people. Pastors are listed in ...


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