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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

49- The differences between bishops and priests

 

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[18] The First Difference in that, The Bishop Is Empowered To Ordain The Priests

Here we see Saint Paul telling his disciple Timothy:

(1 Tim 5:22) Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure.

He also says to his disciple Titus:

(Titus 1:5) For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you;

Church Canon stipulates that a minimum of two to three bishops are required to administer the Laying On Of Hands necessary to ordain a bishop. While one bishop is sufficient to ordain a priest.

[19] The Second Difference Is That A Bishop Is Empowered To Judge The Priests

In this Saint Paul tells his disciple Timothy:

(1 Tim 5:19) Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.

[20] Also The Bishop Is Empowered To Reward The Priests

(1 Tim 5:17) Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.


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