Integrating Ministry and Psychotherapy
CHAPTER 4 - Three Rites of Ordination
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Three Rites of Ordination
There are similarities but also significant differences in theology and practice regarding ordained ministry between the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland (Anglican Communion), and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Bearing that in mind, I will contextualise the traditions and teachings of each Church in relation to the nature of ministry that were current at the time when the participants entered ministry in order to highlight two main aspects: i) what the Church intended to do at ordination, and ii) the effects of ordination on the status of the ordained person.
The teachings on ministry in these churches are complex and the present context does not require a detailed discussion of these complexities. The aim is to give a general idea of what undertaking ordained ministry in these churches involved, so what follows is a brief outline of the main teachings in the three churches within the Irish context. The main convergences and divergences between ordination in the three churches are presented in Table 4.1 at the end of this chapter.
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