Thursday, August 03, 2006

There's something about Pennsylvania

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Eight women ordained to the priesthood by womenbishops (left).
One of the protesters along the river's shore in Pittsburgh (right).

In the Episcopal Church, it was the "Philadelphia Eleven"--a group of women who were illegally ordained on 29 July 1974 at the Church of the Advocate. On 31 July 2006, eight women were illegally ordained Roman Catholic priests while cruising Pittsburgh's three rivers. The difference in the consequences of these two actions is that the Episcopalian women of 1974 were inhibited (the ordinations were later "regularized in 1976), while the Roman Catholic women of 2006 have incurred automatic excommunication.

This is the fourth such Catholic group ordained worldwide since 2002, and the first in the United States. . . . Dagmar Celeste, a former first lady of Ohio who was among the group's first ordinands in 2002, said, "Today we give honor to our mother God . . . Just as the water broke in the wombs of our mother, so we open the waters of mother church."

Rocco Palmo noted the event here at Whispers in the Loggia. The report from Ann Rodgers in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (which includes a video report) is here. The website of Roman Catholic Womenpriests, the organization which is sponsoring the ordinations, is here. Also, Salon has a bit of the back story here.

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The fictional Fathers Ted Crilly and Dougal McGuire join the protest. Fr. Ted's partially obscured sign says, "Down with this sort of thing."


Fr Timothy Matkin said...

BTW, I cannot figure out what is behind the use of the compound word by that organization (i.e., "womenpriests" and "womendeacons" rather than "women priests" and "women deacons"). If anyone knows, please comment.

Fr. Christopher Cantrell SSC said...

And what about this mingling of the waters rite? The ECW Triennium did something like it at Columbus - Is it a feminist thang?

Joe Oliveri said...

Please note: these women certainly were not "ordained to the priesthood." They were not ordained in the Catholic sense; they are not Catholics; and they are not, nor can they ever be, priests.

Perhaps this blogger put it best: Today, July 30, 2006, I will attain my boyhood dream of becoming an astronaut. A former astronaut will pin his astronaut wings on my lapel and I will have become an astronaut. I will then be able to pilot shuttle missions and lead the next manned expeditions to the moon and to Mars.