Breakaway Catholic Group To Ordain 13

An ultraconservative group plans to ordain 13 Roman Catholic priests in Minnesota -- even though their elevations likely won't be recognized by the Vatican.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, part of the Society of St. Pius X, will host the ordinations of 12 U.S.-based priests and another from France in Winona on Friday.

The Vatican says ordinations by the society aren't legitimate, even though Pope Benedict XVI recently lifted the excommunications of its leaders.

The society was founded by those opposed to the liberalizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council and especially its outreach to Jews and other religions.

The U.S. priests come from New Jersey, California, Idaho, Georgia, Ohio, New Mexico, Virginia, Kansas, North Dakota and Missouri.

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