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Old Feb 10, '13, 12:07 pm
Irish Cabbie Irish Cabbie is offline
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Default Has the Church raised the minimum age at which one can be ordained a priest?

Father Grondin recently stated that a person being ordained a priest had to be at least 25 years-old. Father Grondin even went on to quote Canon Law in support of the answer that he gave.

Did the Church raise the minimum age at which someone could be ordained a priest? I ask for a reason. Archbishop Fulton Sheen was born on May 8, 1895. He was ordained a priest on September 20, 1919. Unless I'm wrong, Archbishop Sheen became a priest when he was only 24 years-old.
Old Feb 16, '13, 11:19 am
Fr. Charles Grondin Fr. Charles Grondin is offline
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Default Re: Has the Church raised the minimum age at which one can be ordained a priest?

The 1917 Code of Canon Law required the candidate to have completed 24 years of age before ordination to the priesthood:
Can 975. Subdeaconship is not to be given before the completed twenty-first year of age; deaconship not before the completed twenty-second; priesthood not before the completed twentyfourth year of age.
So, yes there was a change in the age requirement from the 1917 code to the 1983 code.

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