Authority to ordain men to the priesthood


What part of scripture or tradition does the Church cite as giving it authority to ordain men to the priesthood?

The other day I was defending the Church’s teaching that it does not have the authority to ordain women to the priesthood. However, I was at a loss to explain where the authority to ordain men came from, other than Jesus making Simon “The Rock”.

As a followup, where do the three levels of ordination come from?


To keep from re-inventing the wheel

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For your second question

Bishops Titus 1:7-11
Priests\Presbyters 1 Timothy 3:12; Acts 13:2; Acts 14:22
Deacons 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Acts 6:


OK, thanks. That’s just what I needed.


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