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Simplex Priest
Question from Mark on 1/27/2006:

What is a simplex priest? Why are they given limited faculties?

Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 1/27/2006:

Such an institution no longer exists within the canonical structures of the church. I am not even certain how widespread such practices ever were. Perhaps the history forum can give you more information.

Basically, it is my understanding that they were validly ordained priests who did not receive the normal theological education. Therefore, while permitted to celebrate Mass, they were restricted in other aspects of ministry (e.g., perhaps not allowed to preach).

Of course, I think that such a practice represents terrible theology.

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