Women ordained as Catholic priests in forbidden ceremony today

Twelve women are participating in a forbidden ceremony today where they will be ordained as priests as deacons; the ceremony won’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.

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  • Mandy G

    As a woman who went to Catholic school for thirteen years (and survived!), I feel this is awesome and terrible.
    There’s always one part of me that rejoices when women demand (and receive) equal positioning to men in social structures.
    But I also feel that Catholicism is a terribly flawed institution that does more harm than it does good. I’m thinking of condoms-don’t-work missionaries in Africa, the amount of women in Latin America dying from illegal abortions because everyone’s so “pro-life,” the very basis of xianity which excludes women almost entirely in scripture…
    It’s like seeing women demand more spots as corporate CEOs. Well, good for you for demanding equality, but why support that bogus institution?
    I think this would be a great discussion post, especially in relation to that link to the Happy Feminist’s post on “false consciousness” that y’all featured.