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 (as) something
1. Lit. to establish someone as a priest or minister. In a lovely ceremony, they ordained David as a priest. He was ordained as a priest by a bishop.
2. Fig. to establish someone as something. They ordained the poor old man as a deputy sheriff. Was he duly ordained as a Mercedes mechanic?
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He adds that in 1971 at the World Synod of Bishops approximately 45% of the delegated bishops voted in favor of ordaining viri probati.
Spong of Newark, an outspoken supporter of ordaining gay men and lesbians.
The argument from authority against ordaining women as priests is actually an argument for ordaining women as deacons.
The Roman Catholic Women-priests movement affirms the validity of their ordinations based on the "apostolic succession" of their ordaining bishops.
They demanded that he be charged for marrying homosexuals and ordaining "unrepentant" sexually active gays and lesbians as church leaders.
The church has taken a very bold step, particularly in our Islamic context, in ordaining women," said the newly ordained deacon Kushnud Azariah.
The bishop was also accused of violating his own ordination vows by ordaining a gay man as a deacon.
There are hundreds of other bishops, however, who feel that ordaining local leaders would be dangerous.
That's not allowing priests to marry, it's ordaining married men.
Priscilla's catacomb, there is a fresco depicting a bishop ordaining a woman priest, a woman deacon with hands uplifted, and Mary, mother of Jesus, who is seated in a bishop's chair and dressed in bishop's vestments.
In response to a question from Ecumenical News International about relations with the Vatican, Michael Nazir-Ali, the bishop of Rochester and working party chair, said there were already "significant movements in Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism for ordaining women.
The excitable British press has been filled with stories of a possible schism, about bishops shipping in more conservative priests from Africa to do a runaround on Williams, and a poll of ordained ministers saying 54% objected to ordaining noncelibate gay clergy.