Female priests push Catholic boundaries

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2011 - 9:56 PM

Minnesota is home to a small movement of women celebrating mass despite Vatican prohibition.

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hercules1000Dec. 10, 11 7:41 PM

These women are not Catholic priests. I could declare myself a legislator and propose to start making laws, but none of it would be recognized, and anybody following my laws would be foolish. It is the same with these women who claim to be Catholic priests without being recognized by the Church hierarchy. They are imposters; that's all.

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truther1Dec. 10, 11 9:14 PM

It stretches truth even to call them Catholic.

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verndaleDec. 10, 11 9:14 PM

So half of the members can be priests and the other half can't. Doesn't seem right.

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BallFourDec. 10, 11 9:16 PM

The Catholic Church has been so backwards for centuries that I can't imagine anyone is Catholic.

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twbadeDec. 10, 11 9:37 PM

If they don't follow Catholic teaching, then how are they Catholic?

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noaj8121986Dec. 10, 11 9:42 PM

I hope these women continue, and yes I agree the church needs to change. I am saying this as a catholic myself!

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sonics10Dec. 10, 11 9:53 PM

Per the Catholic Church they are not priests, no matter what these ladies call themselves and what linage they claim. Pointless to argue otherwise, as it is the Catholic Church that determines who is/isn't a priest. That being said, the Roman Catholics are well noted for inconsistencies. They're claiming it's because Jesus made it this way, yet, they don't practice a believers baptism primarily. Christ was roughly 30 when He was baptized. He was immersed into a river, not sprinkled with water. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, and I choose it only because it is among the lesser controversial views espoused from Rome. So clearly, they have a pretty well established system of practice that is inconsistent with the clear teachings of Scripture.

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irenesgirlDec. 10, 1110:16 PM

You go, Girls!!! As a cradle Catholic & weekly paricipant, I welcome this challenge to Catholic "heirarchy". The Catholic church will not survive---as we know it----another 25 years. Our current leadership has its head in the sand and isn't realistic or interested in the long-term. I'm all for it. I'm 83 years old, raised six Catholic kids and love my church, but it's not relevant nor sustainable to young people w/o change.

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bambam1252Dec. 10, 1110:47 PM

They are Priests, which is why this is a concern to the Church. Ordination is an indelible imprint passed by the laying on of hands by Bishops in Apostolic Succession. Their ordination is irregular and does not conform to church law but is valid. It was preformed by sitting Bishops in Apostolic Succession. They can be excommunicated but that does not remove the indelible imprint of ordination. They would remain Priests, but unable to preform Priestly functions in recognized RC parishes, which is pretty much where they are now. Once a Priest always a Priest. It is the indelible impression of ordination that passes on the validity of serving the mass and other sacraments Even defrocked Priests do not lose their status as Priests, that is indelible; they lose their ability to function as a Priest in a recognized parish. The Priestly functions these women preform are valid. They retain the indelible impression of ordination. Protestants (Lutheran, and others) have a different understanding of ordination. For RC theologians this is a problem. They cannot deny the indelible impression of ordination without losing the the status of Priestly functions. If it does not depend on ordination Lutherans and others also preform Priestly functions in their celebration of the mass and other sacraments.

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martinmanDec. 10, 1110:59 PM

The Episcopal Church has had women priests since 1977 and lo and behold the world did not end. In fact worship was enriched by recognizing the spiritual gifts of the other half of God's children. It's Presiding Bishop is now a woman. Women have much to offer, if given the chance.

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