Their chief function is to ordain, and to act as "intercessors."
They alone can administer the rite of confirmation, ordain priests and deacons, and exercise a certain dispensing power.
For according to the Pontifical, the episcopate is the " summum sacerdotium "; the bishop in consecration receives " the sacerdotal grace "; it is " his office to consecrate, ordain, offer, baptize, confirm."
Without due invitation, a bishop may not ordain, or in any other way interfere with affairs lying outside his proper territory; nor may he appoint his own successor.
Finally, early in 1614, King, bishop of London, "proceeded with all convenient speed to ordain him, first deacon, then priest."