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ORDAIN. To ordain is to make an ordinance, to enact a law.
     2. In the constitution of the United States, the preamble. declares that the people "do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America." The 3d article of the same constitution declares, that "the judicial power shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the congress may from time to time ordain and establish. "See 1 Wheat. R. 304, 324; 4 Wheat: R. 316, 402.

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He is planning to ordain more women - and a bishop.
Bishop Cox may be keen to ordain as many priests as he can because he might be dangerously ill," he said.
Fresen herself envisions that "perhaps within a couple of generations" Christian communities will choose and ordain their own leaders, whether married men, women or gays, much as a group of Dutch Dominicans recently proposed in a document released in the Netherlands.
The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests North America is to spiritually prepare, ordain and support women and men from all states of life, who are theologically qualified, who are committed to an inclusive model of church, and who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to minister within the Roman Catholic church.
It does not flow literally from an apostolic secession that imagines the power to ordain as a "magic touch" passed down from bishop to bishop through two millennia.
It may be time for the people of God to take back the power to ordain.