There are different
religious orders existing in this country, and the question whether it was a recognized order on the date of the coming into
force of this Act, is perfectly susceptible of being established. I do not think there would be any use in my giving a list of the orders. Their names do not occur to me at the moment, but they are the Redemptor-ist- order, for instance, and a variety of others. The members of these orders are mostly clergymen anyway. They live in communities together instead of living as individual priests. The hon. gentleman confuses "order" in the phrase "any recognized order " with " holy orders." These men are clergymen whether they belong to any religious order or not. An aspirant to the priesthood takes a succession of orders one after the other. My hon. friend will notice that the term is in the plural " holy orders a man takes more than one order before he becomes a priest. Notwithstanding any doubts that have been expressed there is no question that from the moment a man takes one holy order he' comes within the designation of "clergy."
Subtopic: MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.