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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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Roman Catholic Womenpriests begins when a male Roman Catholic bishop ordains seven women in a boat on the Danube River.
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."
SEVEN new deacons and seven new priests are being ordained at Coventry Cathedral today and tomorrow.
ey will be ordained by the Bishop of Coventry the Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth.
All but one of the new deacons were ordained by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, at a service held at Liverpool Cathedral which was attended by more than 1,000 people.
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.
IRELAND'S rival rebel bishops Michael Cox and Pat Buckley are battling it out to see who can ordain the most priests.
I do not object to bishops being the ones who ordain, if it is understood that they represent the local as well as the universal church.
This is to say nothing of the thousands of women not wed to a deacon who have completed rigorous theological training and ministerial formation in universities and seminaries only to receive a pat on the back while men with similar qualifications are received fully into the church as ordained ministers.
A BISHOP ordained his own wife yesterday in a cathedral service for new clergy.
Despite a recent decree that reiterates the official Vatican stance that women cannot be ordained and that those who attempt it are automatically excommunicated, women continue to step forward for ordination.
Yet even though she is in a committed relationship, a lesbian cannot be ordained under the denomination's laws.