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Can a Catholic priest adopt a child?

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 ...
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In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, if a man becomes a widower, can he become a priest?

In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, if a man becomes a widower, can he become a priest? The short answer is: Absolutely I know a priest in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma who became a permanent ...
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History of the age restrictions in the Priesthood in the LDS Church

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 ...
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Can a Catholic priest adopt a child?

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 ...
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Can a Catholic priest be tied to a single parish or other physical church his entire life?

Can a Catholic priest be tied to a single parish or other physical church his entire life? The short answer is yes, but in our day and age it is quite rare. Historically, most priests, had tenure in ...
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What is the LDS line of authority should a Bishop be unavailable?

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 ...
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Can a priest resign?

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 ...
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Are Catholics permitted to honour Mary as a priest?

St. Alphonsus di Liguori used to pray: "Nos cum prole pia benedicat Virgo Maria." (May the Virgin Mary bless us with her pious offspring [Jesus].) Thus it seems she has the ability to bless, yet this ...
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What are the Main Characteristics of Mormon Prophets?

(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 ...
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Basis for priesthood restricted to men

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 ...
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Can a Catholic priest be tied to a single parish or other physical church his entire life?

A religious brother, who can become a priest, can join a monastery or abbey, which will be his home for his entire life. In some cases, he may go out into the nearby communities for missionary work or ...
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According to Trinitarians, did the stature of the Eternal Logos get diminished?

Do Trinitarians believe that the Second Person of the Trinity eternally lost glory in the Incarnation? No. Jesus(God) temporarily set aside His Glory in order to enter into Creation. Jesus took back ...
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How does one discern a calling to the vocation of priesthood?

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 ...
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Can a Catholic priest adopt a child?

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 ...
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Can a Catholic priest adopt a child?

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 ...
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What should a priest who commits a mortal sin just before Holy Mass do, if confession is not available?

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 ...
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According to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Jesus Christ ordained to the Priesthood?

This is not uniquely an LDS perspective, but a Biblical one. Hebrews 5:6 states (quoting Psalm 110): You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Then in 7:15-16: 15 And what we have ...
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Do Catholic priests need permission from a bishop to retire?

Do Catholic priests need permission from a bishop to retire? The short answer is yes. Priests need to seek permission from their bishop in order to retire. At retirement, a priest who once served in ...
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What steps has the Catholic Church taken as a whole to address a shortage of priests?

The comments by Pope Francis about allowing older married men to be ordained and serve in isolated areas is interesting, although I don't think this will happen any time soon, and certainly not in the ...
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Are Catholics permitted to honour Mary as a priest?

The idea of the priesthood of Mary "seems to have been around since the writing of the early Fathers of the Church in the 4th century and is wonderfully illustrated in striking mages of Mary ...
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Can a priest resign?

Can a priest resign? Simply desiring to add a few points of interest on this question, not mentioned in Dick Harfield's excellent answer. The body of this question leaves me with a little confusion ...
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Protestant Interpretation of John 20:23 in Light of Matthew 9:8?

Jesus says, As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you. so the question to start, How did the father send Jesus? John 12:49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who ...
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What is a priest of Rome?

The priest referred to is actually William Henry Anderdon. Here is what the Catholic Encylopedia (via Wikipedia) has to say about him: William Henry Anderdon (26 December 1816 – 28 July 1890) was ...
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Why are there so many priests in the LDS Church?

A priest in the LDS Church is a priesthood office to which young men are ordained at the age of 16, or adults who are still progressing to higher priesthood offices. Most men in the church will be ...
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Similarities and differences between the priesthood of all believers and the LDS priesthood

Disclaimer: My knowledge of "priesthood of all believers" is limited, what I write always reflects my understanding of the general doctrine and may differ between denominations. Authority Priesthood ...
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Can knowledge obtained in a seminarian's confession be used to determine if he should be ordained?

No. Can. 984 §2 answers your question: Can. 983 §1. The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner ...
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Which Christian Churches or Denominations subscribe to sacerdotalism as essential?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints endorses this doctrine, however they do not call it sacerdotalism. The Book of Mormon, regarded as canon among the church, makes the assertion (among ...
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According to Trinitarians, did the stature of the Eternal Logos get diminished?

There is a spectrum of understanding among those who profess to be 'Trinitarian'. It is not true that (Quote) The common Trinitarian belief is that Jesus began to have a God when he took on flesh [sic]...
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What is the scriptural basis for clerical celibacy?

As an evangelical convert to Catholicism, I understand your question is from the perspective of scriptural justification. The simple answer is that you cannot justify celibate priesthood from ...
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Hebrews 5:1 and the pope

The short answer is “not really,” or at least, it wouldn’t apply only to the Pope. The passage clearly refers directly to the Old Testament priesthood (see, e.g., Leviticus 16) and indirectly to ...
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