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 Post subject: Sacrament of holy orders
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 10:47 pm 
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If a woman decides to become a nun, is this considered a sacrament? As when a man decides to become a priest?

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 Post subject: Re: Sacrament of holy orders
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 10:54 pm 
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Blondie wrote:
If a woman decides to become a nun, is this considered a sacrament? As when a man decides to become a priest?



Ordination is a Sacrament....not sure if nuns vows are the same, I tend to think no.



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No Blondie, they are not the same. Priestly Ordination confers an indelible mark on the soul like Baptism . A nun's vows do not make any intrinsic change to her. Even solemn vows can be dispensed with if necessary, while the mark of being a priest is forever on one's soul.....even in heaven or hell.

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Religious vows are not a sacrament (for either male or female religious).

Thus there is the joke about a confirmation student who answered the Bishop's question at the Confirmation ceremony "How many sacraments are there?" by "Seven for men, six for women."


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