Catechism of the Catholic Church

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1593 Since the beginning, the ordained ministry has been conferred and exercised in three degrees: that of bishops, that of presbyters, and that of deacons. The ministries conferred by ordination are irreplaceable for the organic structure of the Church: without the bishop, presbyters, and deacons, one cannot speak of the Church (cf. St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Trall. 3,1).

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PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

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SECTION TWO: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH

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CHAPTER THREE: THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION

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ARTICLE 6: THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

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VII. THE EFFECTS OF THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

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