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Checkout three things that Reverend Fathers do that Pastors don’t do

Posted by on August 26, 2021 — Drop A Comment

Even though reverend fathers and pastors have some similarities, one being that they lead the church congregation, there are some things that reverend fathers do that pastors do not do.

Around the world, there are millions of Catholic Reverend Fathers in different Catholic dioceses, parishes, and stations.

In the same way, millions of pastors are also stationed in different churches across the world.

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While both the reverend fathers and pastors are leaders of their various churches, there are some things that the Reverend Fathers do that the pastors don’t.

First, reverend fathers spend more years in the seminary training to become reverend fathers than some pastors spend in the theology schools.

It is a fact that reverend fathers spend more time training to become reverend fathers, while the pastors in most Pentecostal churches spend less time.

For instance, a person who wants to be a reverend father might spend up to 14 years in the seminary receiving training on how to be a reverend father.

But pastors do not usually spend that amount of time. This is because most times, a pastor can claim to have been called by God today and go ahead and open his church tomorrow.

Second, reverend fathers in the Catholic Church take a vow of celibacy, but the pentecostal pastors do not.

It is a known fact that reverend fathers take a vow of celibacy on the day of their ordination, which means that they can not get married or sleep with any woman.

Pastors, on the other hand, do not take any vows of celibacy and they are allowed to get married according to the laws of their various churches.

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Third, reverend fathers have limited powers as they are usually answerable to other persons in their parishes and their dioceses.

For instance, in their parishes and stations, the reverend fathers do not have the power to do anything that they want to do, since they have parish councils that vet their decisions.

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Apart from the parish councils, the reverend fathers are also answerable to the Bishops in the dioceses to which they belong.

On the other hand, most pastors are not answerable to anyone as most of them are the founders and general overseers of their various churches. 

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