Twelve women from throughout the United States lie prostate before the altar while participating in a ceremony Monday, July 31, 2006, in which eight will proclaim themselves priests and four deacons in Pittsburgh. The ceremony won’t be recognized by the Catholic church, which has a 2,000-year tradition of an all-male priesthood. Similar ceremonies conducted by the group Roman Catholic Womenpriests have been held before in other countries, and most of the participants have been excommunicated. It’s the first time the group is holding a ceremony in the U.S. The ceremony took place on a riverboat cruise of the three rivers in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Well the AP caption is dead on when they say they will "proclaim themselves priests", because that is exactly what happened. Let us pray for these women who have truly left the Bark of Peter for a false ordination on a boat that does dinner cruises. In fact Peter’s Bark is not worse and it’s right.
This sham was performed by three German women "bishops". Which I find rather ironic. True ordinations are done by three bishops so as to ensure there is no doubt in reference to Apostolic succession and that a valid ordination occurred. The Trinitarian sign of it of course is also a factor, which is of course why the want to move away from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Again keep these women in your prayers so that they might see that obedience and love of the Church is the true path. That serving Christ is through humility and not seeking what you perceive as inequity of power. That they grow to understand that Christ choosing only men to be apostles is no more a slight than Jesus choosing only women to be mothers. That we all have are role in the Body of Christ and we can all call dibs on being the same part.
One note is that I think we should dispense with disparaging the physical appearance of these women who seek ordination. Let us rightly criticize their actions, their attitudes, and their disobedience. Let us hold high the truth with charity.
Update: A reader noticed that the AP story accidentally used prostate instead of prostrate. Pretty funny considering that only males have a prostate gland. I guess the next step if for these women to demand that they be given male organs also to ensure equity and inclusion.