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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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Some see ordaining women as deacons as a slippery slope to ordaining women as priests.
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.
However, ordaining anyone, male, female or otherwise identified, is fraught in the current climate.
The argument from authority against ordaining women as priests is actually an argument for ordaining women as deacons.
Perhaps as many as 200 to 300 female deacons were ordained, but the Methodists, the two Presbyterian bodies, and the American Baptists ordained significantly more women to the office of deacon, and the Episcopalian church was ordaining women to be elders or priests.
They demanded that he be charged for marrying homosexuals and ordaining "unrepentant" sexually active gays and lesbians as church leaders.
The bishop was also accused of violating his own ordination vows by ordaining a gay man as a deacon.
They in turn are ordaining more women (and some men).
There are hundreds of other bishops, however, who feel that ordaining local leaders would be dangerous.
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.