Which council...?


#1

Which council (or ex cathedra statement) defined the lasting imprint of Holy Orders?


#2

[quote=twiztedseraph]Which council (or ex cathedra statement) defined the lasting imprint of Holy Orders?
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That would be the twenty-third session of the Council of Trent, namely Canon 4:

If anyone says that by sacred ordination the Holy Ghost is not imparted and that therefore the bishops say in vain: Receive ye the Holy Ghost, or that by it a character is not imprinted, or that he who has once been a priest can again become a layman, let him be anathema.


#3

Thought as much, thank you :smiley: :smiley: BTW where’d you get your info?


#4

[quote=twiztedseraph]Thought as much, thank you… BTW where’d you get your info?
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I was pretty sure it was Trent (from a distant memory), so I Googled for it (I don’t recall my exact search term, though it included Trent) and I found the Canon on EWTN’s site.


#5

[quote=twiztedseraph]Which council (or ex cathedra statement) defined the lasting imprint of Holy Orders?
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The earliest Council to speak of the “printing on the soul of an indelible character” would be The Council of Florence, 1438-1445.


#6

[quote=Br. Rich SFO]The earliest Council to speak of the “printing on the soul of an indelible character” would be The Council of Florence, 1438-1445.
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You are right. It was in the Bull Exultate Deo, Council of Florence, November 22, 1439 (Instruction of Eugene IV for the Armenians).


#7

Very cool.


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