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Are priests who committed a sin together able to validly administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to each other?

The case you describe is explicitly forbidden and declared invalid in canon law. (The sixth commandment is against adultery.) can. 977 CIC The absolution of an accomplice in a sin against the sixth ...
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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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Are Catholic priests expert in exorcism?

Not all Catholic priests are specially trained in the sort of exorcism depicted in the film (although a particular form of exorcism is contained in the rite of baptism). Major and specific exorcism is ...
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Are Roman Catholic priests ever addressed as pastor?

Typically, in the United States, the priest to whom the parish is entrusted is referred to as "the pastor". The Latin word is "parochus", which the Code of Canon Law translates as &...
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What are the conditions for removing excommunication of a married priest?

If a man is ordained, he is unable to validly marry in the Church: Those in sacred orders invalidly attempt marriage. (Code of Canon Law, canon 1087) But he is not (as AthanasiusOfAlex points out)...
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Are Catholic priests expert in exorcism?

Along with the great answer by Andrew Leach, I would like to point out that a priest or a bishop are valid ministers to perform a exorcisms. Are all Catholic priests trained to perform exorcism? ...
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In Catholicism, what does it mean for a priest to bless an object or person?

Blessing expresses the basic movement of Christian prayer: it is an encounter between God and man. In blessing, God’s gift and man’s acceptance of it are united in dialogue with each other. The prayer ...
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What is the biblical basis for in the catholic theology of a priest being in "persona christi"?

A priest is not being in "persona Christi" but the priest ACTS in the person of Christ(persona Christi) in pronouncing the words that comprise part of a sacramental rite. For example, in the Mass, ...
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Is there a specific purpose in placing a hot coal to your lips?

That is a reference to the commission of Isaiah (Isaiah 6). When he suddenly found himself in the immediate presence of the exalted God (likely Jesus), he was undone and fully aware of the separation ...
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Was Jesus The Lamb of God or the High Priest (that offers the lamb as a sacriffice)?

He was both, but offered Himself, His own body as the perfect sacrifice. The book of Hebrews goes into great details. If you have a little time, read an overview commentary of Hebrews; if you have a ...
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What's the difference between pastor, parochial administrator and parochial vicar in the Catholic Church?

A pastor is a priest with primary responsibility of the cure of souls over a parish (Canon 519) A parochial vicar (Canon 545) assists the pastor in carrying out those duties, most often due to the ...
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What is the difference between a priest and a pastor?

I will first answer the question posed by the O.P. in the title. Priests vs. pastors A priest is a baptized man (he has to be a male) who has received the second degree of the Sacrament of Holy ...
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What is the rationale for forbidding priests to marry in traditions where already-married men are allowed to become priests?

I am a part of the Antiochian Orthodox Church. I asked my Priest this (who is married), and what I recall him telling me is it has to do with the fact that if you were allowed to marry after becoming ...
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Can I say, "Bless You" to our Catholic priest?

"Bless you!" is short for "[May God] bless you!" So, you are not blessing a priest, but asking God to.
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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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Why does only the priest receive Communion under both kinds at a Catholic Mass?

Why does only the priest receive Communion under both kinds at a Catholic Mass? The faithful may receive communion under both species (bread and wine) at mass. But a priest must consume both species ...
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What is the standard length of assignments for Catholic priests in parishes?

Canon Law permits a particular conference of bishops to establish guidelines for the length of pastor appointments. But being guidelines, a bishop may make adjustments according to the needs of a ...
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If you request and receive pastoral advice from a priest, are you culpable if the advice is wrong?

This question seems to be a variant on the question of whether ignorance excuses from sin. In this case: "Does ignorance that the priest's advice is conducive to sin excuse one from sinning by acting ...
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What are the conditions for removing excommunication of a married priest?

There are a number of issues discussed in this post. Excommunication is not incurred for attempted but invalid marriage First of all, a priest who attempts to marry does not incur a latae sententiae ...
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Have sons of Orthodox priests often taken over their fathers' ministries?

Kislova's "Latin" and "Slavonic" Education in the Primary Classes of Russian Seminaries in the 18th Century cites Matison to say: The parish was, de facto, a hereditary holding; therefore, the ...
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What is a priest of Rome?

Does the RCC keep a database of priests somewhere? Yes, it's the annual Pontifical Yearkbook. Here's the Vatican press release about the publication of the 2017 edition.
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Was there any meaningful difference between the terms "presbyter" and "priest" in early Christianity?

I don't have any documents to show you, but I do want to point out some linguistic aspects to this question that can lead to confusion. In English, the word priest comes from a contraction of the ...
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Are Roman Catholic priests ever addressed as pastor?

I managed to track down a Catholic web site which gives the following explanation, which I would like to share with you: Pastor: This term denotes a priest who has the cure of souls (cura animarum),...
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Have sons of Orthodox priests often taken over their fathers' ministries?

To expand on Wtrmute's comment: I don't believe it happens often....but it is possible that it happens. When someone is ordained a Priest, their Bishop decides where they are to serve. If you're ...
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What differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?

I'm no expert, but will attempt a partial answer - first, the educational qualifications refer to:- BA - Bachelor of Arts MA - Master of Arts (traditionally awarded automatically to Oxford graduates ...
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What is the difference between a priest and a pastor?

For your book, I believe it would be more accurate to employ the term that best suits the needs of your manuscript. In other words, if the exorcist priest is a Parish Priest, then yes he is a Pastor. ...
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What is the origin of the tradition that priests had a rope tired around them when they went into the Holy of Holies?

Constable quotes Youngblood in this regard, here [Youngblood, Ronald F. Exodus. Everyman’s Bible Commentary series. Chicago: Moody Press, 1983, p.128]The "popular Jewish interpretation" regarding the ...
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When did the prohibition of marriage for priests in the Catholic church originate?

Priests have always been prohibited to marry, all the way back to Apostolic times, in both the Eastern or Western Church. Sometimes, though, married men have been permitted to become priests. Besides ...
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