The Ordained Ministry of Priests and Deacons

Norman Doe

in The Legal Framework of the Church of England

Published in print July 1996 | ISBN: 9780198262206
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682315 | DOI:
The Ordained Ministry of Priests and Deacons

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The diaconate and the presbyterate are ministries of service: deacons and priests are treated theologically as called by God to work as servants and shepherds to the faithful. Legal arrangements in the Church of England reflect both this and the idea that the ministries of priests and deacons are shared with those of the bishop and the laity in partnership. This chapter examines the process of ordination, ministerial appointments, and functions, which vary depending on the position held, pastoral care for clergy, ministerial discipline, and termination of ministry. There are many parallels with the canon law of the Roman Catholic Church: in both churches, as a general principle, the ministry of priests and deacons is subordinate to that of the episcopate; all aspects of their ministry are in the keeping of the bishops. It is within the framework of the canonical ministry of priests and deacons that the use of supplementary executive norms operating at diocesan level is most evident.

Keywords: Church of England; Roman Catholic Church; ordination; deacons; priests; ministerial appointments; canon law; diaconate; presbyterate; canonical ministry

Chapter.  21778 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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