Thursday, September 13, 2007

Higher Calling

Warning: Please put down any beverages or food that you may be consuming before reading this. From Newsweekweak (thanks to Edmund for sending the link):
Last week 25-year-old Jessica Rowley became one of about a dozen women nationwide to make a highly unusual career move: she was ordained a Catholic priest. Rowley’s ordination—which took place at Eden Theological Seminary, a progressive institution in Webster Groves, Mo.—is approved by the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, a group of churches that decline to recognize the authority of the pope but see themselves nevertheless as Roman Catholic. This week Rowley—who is also married—begins working full-time as an associate pastor at Saints Clare & Francis, a breakaway parish in Webster Groves.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the only fair and honest thing for Rowley to do is acknowledge that following her conscience has led her away from the teachings of the Catholic Church, and that her actions have, de facto, put her out of communion with the Church. At other times in history, people have called this "excommunication," but we are reluctant to use accurate-though-hard-to-swallow terms nowadays. Her understanding of genuine Catholic teaching is poor (a product of a poor catechesis given to most of us American Catholics, sadly), and her ecclesiology is based on selective, currently-popular readings of the Gospel. This is not a matter of being mean or dismissive -- it is the reality of her comments, and I pray for her and all whom she leads out of the Church.