A woman who challenged a Catholic ordination ban has died. The Catholic church will not allow her to be buried at a Catholic parish.
Janine Denomme was ordained a priest in April by a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests. She had been battling cancer and yesterday she died in her Edgewater home.
The Catholic church never recognized Denomme’s ordination. The Archdiocese of Chicago says Denomme automatically separated herself from the Church when she participated in “the simulation of the sacrament of Holy Orders.” The diocese says she knowingly and willingly participated in the simulation and brought excommunication upon herself. And because of that Denomme is denied a Catholic funeral. The Archdiocese says Denomme would only be allowed a Church burial if she gave “some sign of repentance before death.”
Denomme’s funeral mass will be held at First United Methodist Church in Evanston.
She could have avoided this problem if she had chosen to become an influential pro-abortion Senator instead. Then she could have had a televised Catholic funeral. To be fair this case is much more cut and dry compared to a case where a bishop would have some prudential decision made as to the sign of repentance of in regards to a pro-abortion Catholic politician.
This case though does make me rather sad and I pray for her and for that matter her lesbian partner Nancy.