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Ordination of Priests
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[German Version]

1. Catholic understanding.

In Roman Catholic usage, the expression ordination of priests (or presbyters; Ordination: V, 1) reflects a specific, sacerdotal understanding of ecclesiastical office (VI, 3).

The Christian priesthood is associated in the first instance with baptism (IV, 1). Postbaptismal anointing is the ritual sign of inclusion in the priestly people of God through participation in the priestly office of Christ. In the Roman tradition i…

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Meßner, Reinhard and Plank, Peter, “Ordination of Priests”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024469>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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