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Part Two

God; giving the book of the Gospels to the deacon who has just received

the mission to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.

V.

W

ho

C

an

C

onfer

T

his

S

acrament

?

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Christ himself chose the apostles and gave them a share in his

mission and authority. Raised to the Father’s right hand, he has not

forsaken his flock but he keeps it under his constant protection through

theapostles, andguides it still through these samepastorswhocontinue

his work today.

61

Thus, it is Christ whose gift it is that some be apostles,

others pastors. He continues to act through the bishops.

62

1576

Since the sacrament of Holy Orders is the sacrament of the

apostolic ministry, it is for the bishops as the successors of the

apostles to hand on the “gift of the Spirit,”

63

the “apostolic line.”

64

Validly ordained bishops, i.e., those who are in the line of apostolic

succession, validly confer the three degrees of the sacrament of

Holy Orders.

65

VI.

W

ho

C

an

R

eceive

T

his

S

acrament

?

1577

“Only a baptized man (

vir

) validly receives sacred ordina-

tion.”

66

The Lord Jesus chose men (

ver

) to form the college of the

twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose

collaborators to succeed them in their ministry.

67

The college of

bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes

the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality

until Christ’s return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by

this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination

of women is not possible.

68

1578

No one has a

right

to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders.

Indeed no one claims this office for himself; he is called to it by

God.

69

Anyone who thinks he recognizes the signs of God’s call to

the ordained ministry must humbly submit his desire to the

authority of the Church, who has the responsibility and right to call

61 Cf.

Roman Missal,

Preface of the Apostles I.

62 Cf.

LG

21;

Eph

4:11.

63

LG

21 § 2.

64

LG

20.

65 Cf. DS 794 and Cf. DS 802; CIC, can.1012; CCEO, can. 744; 747.

66 CIC, can.1024.

67 Cf.

Mk

3:14-19;

Lk

6:12-16;

1 Tim

3:1-13;

2 Tim

1:6;

Titus

1:5-9; St. Clement of

Rome,

Ad Cor.

42, 4; 44, 3: PG 1, 292-293; 300.

68 Cf. John Paul II,

MD

26-27; CDF, declaration,

Inter insigniores:

AAS 69

(1977) 98-116.

69 Cf.

Heb

5:4.

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