[quote="ChristinFilms88, post:1, topic:269629"]
I have a question: I'm writing a film right now, and a lot of the main characters work in the church. I was wondering: what kind of training is needed to become a deacon (or any kind of "clergyman") vs. becoming a priest?
Also, how does one become selected to be a priest at a particular church? Say the priest at a particular church dies...how is a new priest selected? Is there paperwork and certificates involved from a seminary school? Is the pope involved or a bishop etc.? Any info you can give me would be much appreciated!
It might be handy to have a paper-based reference source as well, such as Catholicism for dummies, in order to be sure of what certain details, rituals, and symbols mean as there can also be confusion among Catholics about these things at times.
A Catholic priest generally trains for 7 years, 2 years of philosophy, the remaining 5 on Theology, Scripture, Liturgy, canon law and possibly some other specialist area within the life of the Church. the seminary education is exactly that, education, it helps prepare a man for ordination.
The priest is then ordained for a local Church (the technical name for a diocese) and once this occurs He is bound(incardinated) to this particular diocese, usually for life. The choice of where a priest ministers is made by his bishop in consultation with his priest, the priest is sent where he is needed. at this point he doesn't need to present certificates of education etc. as the bishop knows all this stuff already.