Roman Catholic Womynpriests are up to their play-acting again. This time in Boston. Roman Catholic Womenpriests, who are neither Roman Catholic or Womanpriests, claim to be “ordaining” three additional women. In fact, it is actually an excommunication ceremony.
[Boston] Three aspiring Catholic priests will be anointed and prayed over this weekend in an ordination liturgy that will resemble the traditional in most ways but one: The three being ordained are women.
The ordination ceremony Sunday, at a historic Protestant church in the Back Bay, is the first such event to take place in Boston, one of the most Catholic cities in the nation.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, in accord with Vatican teaching, says the participants in the ordination ceremony will be automatically excommunicating themselves.
But the women being ordained say they are acting because they feel called to the priesthood and compelled to resist what they view as a wrong church teaching.
“We’re part of a prophetic tradition of disobeying an unjust law,” said Gabriella Velardi Ward, a 61-year-old Staten Island architect with two children and five grandchildren, who will be ordained along with Gloria Carpeneto of Baltimore and Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly of Newton, N.J.
Ward said she has wanted to be a priest since age 5, and that she actively considered becoming a nun before deciding that the priesthood was her calling because she wants to be able to celebrate Catholic sacraments.
Of course, the Boston Globe treats these freaky fraus seriously. Leaving the usual media bias aside, did you notice where the “ordination” would be taking place, a protestant church.
The ordination will be Sunday afternoon in Church of the Covenant on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. The church is affiliated with two Protestant denominations, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ.
The interim pastor of Church of the Covenant, the Rev. Jennifer Wegter-McNelly, said the congregation decided to rent its historic space, with Tiffany windows depicting women of the Bible, at a nominal fee to show support.
“It’s our effort to encourage and celebrate with them,” Wegter-McNelly said. “This church’s commitment to women goes back a long time.”
The last time this happened in St. Louis happened it was in a synagogue. I suppose that is what you get for 40 years of ecumenism, Vatican II style. You are viewed as a doormat. Nice.
Anyway, the Archdiocese has taken the appropriate line on these shenanigans.
“Catholics who attempt to confer a sacred order on a woman, and the women who attempt to receive a sacred order, are by their own actions separating themselves from the church,” the archdiocese said. “As a faith community rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus Christ, we pray for those who have willingly fallen away from the church by participating in such activities.”
But the archdiocese also said it hopes the women involved will seek “reconciliation” with the Catholic Church, and said, “Following our devotion to Mary, the church is committed to, and sustained by the many important contributions of women each and every day.”
The womynpriest movement presents us with an opportunity. Why don’t these dizzy dames send their “magic crackers” to PZ Myers. That way they can both have their fun, and leave Jesus out of it.