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Sun May 26, 2013, 07:35 PM

Women becoming priests without Vatican's blessing

There was a post on this back in January--this is a continuation of that (more or less). From here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-female-priests-20130526,0,2306439.story

SAN FRANCISCO The priest will be ordained in a purple Lutheran church. The Communion bread, symbolizing the body of Christ, will be gluten-free. The congregation will pray to "our mother our father in heaven."

But the real departure from Roman Catholic tradition will be evident when Maria Eitz approaches the altar Sunday for the laying on of hands that turns parishioner into priest.

Over the last decade, as the Vatican has faced a serious shortage of priests, a small but growing number of women have answered what they believe to be a call from God. California is home to more ordained Catholic women than any other state. Eitz a retired theologian with four adopted children will be the first woman ordained as a Catholic priest in San Francisco.

The more than 120 women worldwide who have been ordained as Roman Catholic priests and deacons say their faith gives them comfort and hope. But that same faith also is bound by Canon Law 1024. Short and blunt, the church edict states that "a baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly."

The Vatican has said that women who presume to be priests, and those who help them, are committing a grave sin. And like Catholics who have abortions or commit heresy, female officiants are subject to the ultimate penalty automatic excommunication. The church does not acknowledge ordained women or the sacraments they offer.

The first female priests were ordained in 2002 on a boat on the Danube by a bishop who previously had broken ranks with the Vatican. A year later, bishops who asked to remain anonymous until after their death for fear of reprisal ordained the first female bishops so that they, in turn, could ordain other women.

According to Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA Inc., more women are expected to be ordained as priests and deacons in 2013 than in any previous year.

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IrishAyes Jun 2013 #1

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Sun Jun 2, 2013, 09:31 PM

1. All I know is

Supposedly, Mother Theresa told JPII that women should be allowed to be priests because we'd make the best ones.

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