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This chapter considers the Roman Catholic vision of ordained ministry. It takes a broadly historical approach, showing how conceptions of the ministry of bishop, priest, and deacon gradually emerged in the first few centuries of the Church, and how those conceptions evolved. It traces the development of a Eucharist-focused theology of the priesthood developed at the Council of Trent to the more broadly ecclesial and ministerial theology that emerged from the Second Vatican Council, including the restoration of the permanent diaconate. The chapter also gives an account of the revisions in the rite of ordination subsequent to Vatican II.
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