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Friday, July 18, 2008

Boston Three Party...

....results in "Excommunication without ordination".

From the Boston Globe: (emphasis mine)

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.

There's that word again: FEEL. The only things missing from the article are statements that goes something like this: "We're acting in accordance with our consciences, which is in line with Church teaching." And: "We love the Church, we just believe the hierarchy is out of touch."

For its part, the Archdiocese has issued the following statement:

"Catholics who attempt to confer a sacred order on a woman, and the women who attempt to receive a sacred order, are by their own actions separating themselves from the church," the archdiocese said. "As a faith community rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus Christ, we pray for those who have willingly fallen away from the church by participating in such activities."

The Un-ordination ceremony is scheduled to coincide with a conference called the 2008 Joint Conference (how original), cohosted by FCM, WOC, RCWP and Corpus. Hmmm, kind of like going to a meeting headlined by the Four Horsemen.

So, when you attend a real, faithful Catholic Mass this Sunday, pray for the souls of these three women attending this fake ordination thing-a-ma-bob (which is taking place in a Protestant building, by the way), that they recognize their sin, seek forgiveness and be received back into Christ's Church.