Thursday, Jul 31st

Last update02:09:30 AM GMT

You are here News Of Special Interest For women priests, a moment of justice – and excommunication

For women priests, a moment of justice – and excommunication

E-mail Print PDF

women priestsThe packed church descended into silence as the two candidates for priesthood took their place before the altar to prepare for the most solemn moment of their ordination — the laying on of hands. The bishop rose and instructed the assembled crowd to place their right hand on the shoulder of the person seated directly in front of them.

Then, with all the energy in the room focused on the ordinands, the bishop laid her hands on the head of each, praying silently to invoke the Holy Spirit to come down on the newly ordained priests.

Catholic priests have been ordained in this manner for centuries. But there was one important difference about this ritual at the Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan’s West Village earlier this month: The two new priests and the bishop who ordained them were women.

For D. Alexandra Dyer, one of the newly ordained women, and a lifelong Catholic who says she received her calling to the priesthood at age 7, the ceremony was a moment of justice.

“After so many years and decades of waiting, to be finally able to say yes,” she said, her voice trembling with emotion, “this is how it’s supposed to be.”

As far as the Vatican is concerned, however, Catholic women like Dyer who dare to be ordained are automatically excommunicated. But the Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP) movement and the Catholic communities they serve share a different view.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Leading Sierra Leone doctor is second med worker to die of Ebola

Secind dictor dies if ebolaSierra Leone is in mourning after a leading virologist who risked his life to treat dozens...

Billionaire Ackman accuses Herbalife of fraud

HerbalifeBillionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman broadened his public assault Tuesday on diet shaker maker Herbalife,...

Obama to 'unlock' cellphone rights: How free will you be?

lockinh cellphoneA bill passed by Congress and waiting to be signed by President Obama represents a big...

Snowden: NSA snoops shared intercepted sextings

NSA intercepted sextsFormer National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says the analysts who monitored the texts and e-mails...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!