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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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It's almost like the Archangel Gabriel is coming to ordain her a deacon so she could proclaim the gospel, which in her case would be, of course, to bear Jesus.
Bishop Cox may be keen to ordain as many priests as he can because he might be dangerously ill," he said.
But isn't there a fear that if you ordained a woman as a deacon, you could ordain her a priest, too?
The theological reasons (biblical inerrancy and an understanding of sacramentality) used by denominations to refuse ordination to women cannot fully account for the refusal to ordain.
His question: "Is it possible, based on an exammation of church teaching and the vision of the Second Vatican Council vis-a-vis the diaconate, to ordain women as deacons?
If we consider ordaining proven local leaders in the communities, then we should ordain not just one but always a team of them.
The community then determined that they would not ask a bishop from the Roman Catholic Womenpriests group to ordain her, but call and ordain her collectively.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, one of three Episcopal dioceses that do not ordain women, has appealed to the archbishop of Canterbury to be transferred to another Anglican jurisdiction.
He also plans to ordain his mum's cat Timmy while she is on holiday in Majorca.
The decision to ordain women as bishops has shattered the compromise, changing "whether" to "when" with regard to all-out schism.
The long-term solution is simple: Get rid of dissident priests and unorthodox teaching in seminaries, don't ordain homosexuals, and preach about larger families.
To ordain a married man is to raise him to a higher vocation, whereas to allow a priest to marry is to demote him to a lesser one.