Women Priests Ordained, Warned

The Roman Catholic Church does not approve of womens serving as priests.

It was not "any given Sunday" in Boston this past week.  Three women say they were ordained as Roman Catholic priests.  Another was ordained as a deacon.  Some Christian churches allow women to be leaders in the church, but Catholicism isn't one of them.

The women were part of an activist group trying to pressure the Roman Catholic Church to change its rules. The Vatican warned before the ceremony that women taking part would be excommunicated, which is the most serious penalty in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church. 

What do you think about the policy or the actions of the women? 

 

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  • by Don Location: Greenville on Aug 15, 2008 at 09:38 AM
    As I recall my dear mother say long ago, the Catholic church only allows women to clean the alter and pews but never to stand at the alter as an equal. This over aged policy by the Catholic church is so antiquated, yet they hold on to their traditions. That is what drove me away from this church long ago, too many backwards rules and traditions that have no place today in the 21st century.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 3, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    I agree whole heartedly with Ted.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 23, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    I disagree Anglican Woman, you shouldn't be protesting at all. If you or I join an organization you accept that organization as it is or you find another to your liking. You must conform to the group you have joined, they don't conform to you. I am not Catholic and personally have no problem with women as leaders in the church. But especially with religion you either accept that religion or you do not. You can not pick and choose which parts you will accept.
  • by Anglican Woman on Jul 22, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    As a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, I know that change comes slowly. There have only been women priests since the 60's. It took a radical change of thinking and the willingness, on the part of men, to bring about this change. Now, we even have a female Presiding Bishop. There are world-wide Anglican Churches that want to centure the USA for that. There are some who went to other churches b/c they could not deal with women in the pulpit for more than cleaning it. As a child of the 60's, I know that passive protest is not always the way. Sometimes, you have to risk excommunication to bring about change. If the Roman Catholic Church won't change, ladies come to EC-USA. We welcome you, we need you. Eastern North Carolina would be unguided, if not for the many women priests here present.
  • by Fridaynightgirl Location: Kinston on Jul 21, 2008 at 06:09 PM
    You go girls!!!! Glad you have arrived in the 21st century.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2008 at 05:25 PM
    It is certainly the right of the Catholic Church to run things as they see fit. If that means no women priest, those women need to find another church. The Protestant Religion sprang from folks who didn't agree with Catholicism. There are rules in everything and if we want to be a part of something, we must all abide by the rules. Change can be lobbied for, but it can not be forced. Do this and you'll get excommunicated.
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