Here is (in New Testament terms) the most senior presbyter in the whole Anglican church, and he will be busy raising uncomfortable questions about the teaching of the Word of God.
The presbyter , a member of the ‘priesthood in the presbyteral order,’ is teacher, priest and shepherd, leads and unifies the faithful, and shares in the priesthood of bishops.
In the hazy earliest days of Christianity, the Pope was the elder or presbyter chosen by the people of Rome, and later by the city's clergy.
I have yet to meet a Canadian presbyter or bishop who will even broker the point, let alone agree to one atom of it.
It is precisely as the ‘servant-leader’ of the gathered community that the presbyter rightly presides at its Eucharistic celebration.
The care of souls instead was the task of the presbyter (priest, ‘elder’) who was also responsible for the day-to-day administration of the sacraments.
Here is how the Roman presbyter Hippolytus describes the questions they were asked.
The elder presbyter was foremost responsible for these unofficial youth gatherings.
Early in 391, on a visit to the port of Hippo Regius 45 miles from Thagaste, he was forcibly ordained presbyter for the small Catholic congregation.
We see, in both passages in which the qualifications of a bishop or presbyter are listed, that the candidate must be ‘the husband of one wife.’