A woman has been ordained as a priest in a secret ceremony in central Europe as an act of defiance against the Roman Catholic Church.
The woman who was "ordained" does not want to be identified
Three years ago, the Vatican moved decisively against an international movement for the ordination of women when it excommunicated the so-called Danube Seven.
Seven women had claimed the status of priests after a form of ordination ceremony held on a boat moored on the river Danube.
Now a similar ceremony has taken place in a private chapel in central Europe.
BBC Radio 4’s Crossing Continents Crossing Europe witnessed the event but only on condition the programme does not reveal the exact location or the identity of the young woman.
The unofficial ordination comes just two months after the inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI who is known for his traditional views.
In the case of the Danube Seven, it was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict – who declared that since the women gave no indication of repentance "for the most serious offence they have committed, they have incurred excommunication". [Source]
I wonder why she doesn’t want to be identified? Is it to keep from being formally excommunicated? If that is the reason it is rather ironic to not accept the authority of the Church that it can not ordain women and at the same time accept it’s authority that you can be excommunicated.
How about a caption contest for this one? I will get it started with.
"Women ordains character from 8-bit Nintendo game"