Twelve women are participating in a forbidden ceremony today where they will be ordained as priests as deacons; the ceremony wonâ€™t be recognized (duh) by the Catholic church.
Similar ceremonies conducted by the group Roman Catholic Womenpriests have been held before in other countries, and most of the participants have been excommunicated. It’s the first time the group is holding a ceremony in the U.S.
The Pittsburgh Diocese issued a statement saying the ordination would not be valid.
“This unfortunate ceremony will take place outside the Church and undermines the unity of the Church. Those attempting to confer Holy Orders have, by their own actions, removed themselves from the Church, as have those who present themselves for such an invalid ritual,” according to the statement released by the Rev. Ronald Lengwin, a spokesman for the diocese.
So protesting against discrimination means excommunication?
These womenpriests are pretty hot shit though:
“We need to claim for women their equal right with men to be ordained. And we need to do this ‘contra legem,’ to break an unjust law and yet to remain firmly within the church,” Patricia Fresen said last year at a Philadelphia conference on women in the church.
Salon has an in-depth piece on the womenpriest movement, so check that out too.