Can I become a bishop or cardinal and not a priest?
In practice and in canon law, to become a bishop you have to be an ordained priest. As things stand, to be a cardinal you have to be an ordained priest and usually a bishop as well. There can be exceptions to this.
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- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- I do not consider myself to be exceptionally holy, I try to pray every day and follow the commandments. I have always been very interested in the priesthood but I have never felt a burning passion for it. Could I still be called to the priesthood?
- I’d like to join a religious community but I like living in Ireland. Can I be sent anywhere or do I have a say in the matter?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- If I don’t believe that Christ is really present in the Eucharist, can I still become a priest?
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
- I’m not a native of Ireland, can I still join the priesthood in Ireland?
- What if I change my mind about being a priest during training or things just don’t work out? How do I pick my life back up again?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?