Background: In July 2007, Toni Tortorilla of Portland became -- in the eyes of many -- Oregon's first woman Roman Catholic priest. In a ceremony not recognized by the official church, she was ordained by a woman bishop active in Roman Catholic Womenpriests. The ceremony was in front of 200 friends and supporters in a Gresham United Church of Christ.Sophia Christi...
...A spokeswoman for Roman Catholic Womenpriests said the international group rejects the excommunication penalty, arguing that they are "loyal members of the church" disobeying an unjust law.
The organization says its first American woman bishop, Dana Reynolds, was ordained in Germany on April 9, and recognizes eight new women priests so far this year.
What's next: Tortorilla, who works as a counselor and spiritual director, ministers to about 90 people in Portland and in Eugene who call themselves the Sophia Christi Catholic Community. They meet monthly in borrowed sanctuaries.
"I believe in the supremacy of conscience, and my conscience has led me all along to be an ordained Roman Catholic priest," Tortorilla said last week. She, too, rejects the excommunication decree and says she will continue to serve her growing community. Archaeological and historical evidence, she says, supports the view that women have been priests and bishops in the Catholic Church.
"The Holy Spirit's call to be a priest is very strong and very persistent," she said. "It supercedes [sic] the Vatican's determination not to ordain women."
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Overriding the Vatican
~Toni Tortorilla (at first glance, I thought it was tortilla), one of the women who have deluded themselves into thinking that they are priests said that the Holy Spirit's call is very strong overriding even the Vatican's determination to exclude women from the priesthood. Got that? From Oregon Live