Friday, July 18, 2008
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.
Read it here...
These women are following in a tradition of sorts, though not a Roman Catholic one. The Polish Mariavites, an heretical Catholic sect, tried ordaining women and other innovations. In 1924 the Mariavites permitted priests to marry nuns.