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November 2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

November 2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY ORDERS: PART 8: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 2 – WHY CAN ONLY MEN BE ORDAINED?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/30/20

In present times, many people question or even attack the Catholic understanding of God’s will to create human beings in His image as male and female who are equal and different.  Secular rhetoric and speech on many issues related to human sexuality wants to suggest that there either are ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY ORDERS PART 7: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/23/20

As was shown in the first installment on the sacrament of holy orders, Christ gave this sacrament to the Church to make His saving works available through all the sacraments.  Accordingly, as we turn our attention to the minister and recipients of holy orders to consider “who” is able ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY ORDERS: PART 8: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 1 – WHY CELIBACY?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/16/20

We have explored the sacrament of holy orders as a gift of Jesus Christ to His Church. Through the ministry of the ordained, the saving works of Jesus are made available to the world in the Church’s sacraments.  Those who receive holy orders are called to serve through a ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY ORDERS: PART 6: THE RITE AND EFFECTS OF ORDINATION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/09/20

 The sacrament of holy orders was given by Jesus to establish a ministerial priesthood for administering His saving works through the sacraments.  Through holy orders, a new way of life in sharing in Christ’s priesthood is given to those who receive it - one that goes far beyond simply ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY ORDERS PART 5: ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/02/20

         In the definition of the of the sacraments, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1131 notes that the sacraments are “entrusted to the Church.”  This entrustment means that it belongs to the Church to guard and offer the graces of the sacraments within her life and mission.  ... Read More »

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