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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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In the LDS church what is the process of calling a new prophet?

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. ...
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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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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 take Anglican services?

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, ...
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Did Samuel act as a priest on top of being a prophet?

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,...
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What do Chinese Catholics call their priests?

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 ...
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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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Why are there only male popes?

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 ...
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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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Why couldn't a person in the OT be both priest and king?

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:...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church support female priests?

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 ...
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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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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?

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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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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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 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 said is ...
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The Eucharist and the supernatural Priesthood

From the point of view of Catholicism, the first part of this question might be, "Why does anyone at all need to consecrate the Eucharist?" After all, if no one needs to consecrate it, then a fortiori ...
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Why do (some) Anglican vicars use 'sing-songy' voices?

I submit that there may be a practical reason for the sing-songy voice, and I have tested the reason myself, with the help of a friend. First, I read a passage from Scripture in a normal speaking ...
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In what manner did Peter, James and John appear to Joseph Smith?

According to Author: McConkie, Mark L. Latter-day Saint scriptures speak of a unique class of beings, persons whom the Lord has "translated" or changed from a mortal state to one in which they are ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church support female priests?

Every sacrament requires the proper matter and form. For example, baptism needs water and the form "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." The ...
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By what authority does the Catholic church have priests?

According to the Catholic Church, Christ gave authority to the disciples, which they in turn gave to their disciples, and so on. Today, to become a Priest in the Catholic Church you must be called to ...
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Have any popes explicitly expressed disapproval of the inclusion of homosexual priests, including the nonpracticing, into the priesthood?

There is a document issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education (which oversees among other thing the seminary formation of priests) issued in 2005 that goes into detail about policies for ...
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Were there any female priests in the temple?

Were there female priests in the temple in Jerusalem at any time? Definitely, Yes! Certainly the ‘priestly code’ of early Judaism assigned the duties associated with the korbanot (‘sacrifical ...
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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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