July 19, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I did not say that. There is what is known as holy orders, that is to say, of ordination, which make a man a clergyman, and ultimately a priest if he takes all the holy orders. That is spoken of as the sacrament of the holy orders. It is not an order in the sense of a gathering of people at all. The phrase "religious order" means a society or body of men joined together for an exclusively religious purpose. The words have no connection whatever with "holy orders," though it is usually true that the member of a religious order has taken "holy orders," just as a person who is not a member of a religious order may have taken them. In the former case the man would be 'both clergyman and a member of a religious order. The word "order" in the phrase "any recognized order" means an association or community of people who live together under JMr. Doherty]
religious rule-the Christian Brothers for instance.

Subtopic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
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