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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"There's never been any definitive ruling against the earlier tradition of ordaining women to the diaconate," said Zagano, who is a contributor to NCR.
The TAC does not ordain women, opposes revisions to the Elizabethan Book of Common Prayer and opposes ordaining homosexuals or blessing gay couples.
The Reverend Stephen Van Kuiken, a straight pastor at Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, married the couple four years ago and was instrumental in ordaining Jennifer as a deacon of the church.
How is the ecumenical openness or inclusiveness of the ordaining church being expressed in the ritual and reflected in the group of those participating actively in the ritual (e.g.
Indeed, for Adiele, ordaining as a Buddhist nun had little to do with being a Buddhist or a nun.
The Bishops suggested that we should evaluate whether or not the 50 years of ordaining women has been a plus for our church.
"I want my work to live on after me and that is why I am ordaining new priests."
Theologian Elisabeth Schussler Fio-renza reported that when she was a student some decades ago, her professor, a certain Joseph Ratzinger, was confronted with the reality that nothing stands in the way of ordaining women priests in Roman Catholicism but custom or tradition.
The eighth-century rite is an interesting one because there is a single prayer in the middle of the rite, "The prayer for ordaining a male or a female deacon." It's the same prayer.
On the issue of non-celibate gay bishops, he said it is "not unreasonable to seek for a very much wider and deeper consensus before any change is in view, let alone foreclosing the debate by ordaining someone, whatever his personal merits, who was in a practising gay partnership."