We've all seen the stories about invalid "ordinations" of women to the Diaconate and Priesthood, but this is one of the first times that I have seen a major news outlet get the story right, especially in the title of the article. Typically these articles get titles like - "Women ordained Catholic Priests". Thankfully, the Boston Globe left the word Catholic out of the title, and cast doubt on the event by using the words "claims" and "unsanctioned".
"Group claims to ordain women priests in unsanctioned ceremony"
From the Boston Globe
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff July 20, 2008
A group advocating for the ordination of women this afternoon held a ceremony in a packed Protestant church in Boston at which it declared three women to be Catholic priests and a fourth woman to be a deacon.
The ceremony, like several others that have taken place around the world over the last six years, was denounced by the Roman Catholic church, and critics said the event was a stunt with no religious significance. The Catholic Church has consistently taught that only men can be ordained as priests, and the Archdiocese of Boston said that the women who participated in today’s ceremony had automatically excommunicated themselves by participating in what it said was an invalid ordination ceremony.
C.J. Doyle, of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, called the ceremony “a sacrilegious parody of Holy Orders conducted at a Protestant church by a collection of apostates misappropriating the Catholic name.”
“One must not only be a male to be a Catholic priest, one must be a Catholic,'' Doyle said. "The performers in this theater of propaganda are neither. These women ought to have the intellectual honesty to admit that they left the Catholic Church some time ago. Whatever publicity value today's exercise has, it must be measured against both the manifest fraudulence and the irredeemable hopelessness of their cause.”
The women did not pledge obedience or chastity – the promises made by Roman Catholic priests. One was introduced to the congregation by her daughter; another by her husband.
Read the rest of the article HERE.
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