Category Archives: Holy Orders

The Validity of Anglican Holy Orders

Q:  Everyone says that in the near future lots of Episcopalians, including some of their clergy, are going to become Catholics. I’ve read some comments in the papers by members of their clergy who want to become Catholic priests. I … Continue reading

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Are They Excommunicated? Sanctions, Part IV

Q1: I remember that Archbishop Burke excommunicated a couple of women who claimed that they had been ordained Catholic priests a couple of years ago. Now I read that the Vatican has issued rules about punishing women who do that. … Continue reading

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The Priesthood and the Vow of Poverty

doesQ: The pastor of my sister’s parish just bought a new car.  The car he traded in was only two years old.  He’s now driving one of the nicest cars in the whole parish. How can a priest keep buying … Continue reading

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Can Homosexual Men be Ordained to the Priesthood?

Q: Since we have the right to receive the sacraments, why does the Church now say that homosexual men can’t be ordained as priests? Aren’t their rights being violated? I’m not saying that homosexuals should be ordained, but I’m just … Continue reading

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Could the Pope Change the Law to Allow Women Priests?

Q1: Why did Pope John Paul II claim that he can’t allow women to be priests? If he’s the Pope, and has absolute authority, who can prevent him from changing the current rule?  –Jennifer Q2: How can it be that … Continue reading

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