Boston Diocese Boots 'Women Priests'

Church excommunicates 4 women ordained in unsanctioned ritual
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 9:08 AM CDT
Rose Marie Dunn Hudson and Patricia Fresen, both members of the activist group Roman Catholic Womenpriests. The group ordained three new women priests Sunday.    (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
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(Newser) – A group campaigning for women to be admitted to the Roman Catholic priesthood held a ceremony in a Protestant church in Boston yesterday in which three women were declared Catholic priests and a fourth a deacon. The Archdiocese of Boston immediately denounced the action and declared that the women had automatically excommunicated themselves by taking part in the unauthorized ordination, reports the Boston Globe.

A spokesman for a conservative lay organization blasted the ordinations as a "sacrilegious parody" of Holy Orders whose "publicity value must be measured against the manifest fraudulence and irredeemable hopelessness of their cause.” Said a female Protestant minister: “Prejudice in liturgical clothing is still prejudice.’’