Despite opposition from Vatican, group officially welcomes new female priest
A woman was ordained as a Catholic priest in the Valley on Saturday in the kind of ceremony the Vatican recently condemned as one of the church’s most serious crimes.
Elaine Groppenbacher received holy orders from Bishop Peter Hickman of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, one of several liberal Catholic offshoots in the Valley. The ceremony took place at Guardian Angels Catholic Community, which meets in Tempe. [Source]
And for the funniest line of the year.
A cradle Catholic, Groppenbacher said she began to drift from the Roman Catholic Church in college. She tried a non-denominational Bible church for a while, but realized, “Tradition is in my blood.”
Hmm, must have had a transfusion.
Funny how if a man such as Pope Michael I in Kansas declares that he is Pope he gets very little media attention because they know that he is not the Pope and has no valid claim to declare himself as such. Yet if some women gets someone from another church to say that she is a priest – well that is all fine and dandy and “official” don’t you know. It’s all about equality and discrimination and who cares about the theology of the priesthood anyway.
Really though I must admire these women for going against the hierarchy and staking their claim. In fact their example has encouraged me to do something that I have been hesitant about. Besides being faithful to the Church is not what it is cracked up to be following that narrow path and all. Thinking about the issue of equality I realize that it is not fair that I am not a Catholic priest. I am just as capable of saying Mass, hearing confessions, etc as any man who is a priest.
Just because I don’t have a vocation to the priesthood should not mean that I can’t be a priest. Being married is only a side issue. The fact is that the Church is persecuting me by saying that the priesthood is a vocation and that it is a vocation I don’t have. How is that fair? I have often thought about celebrating the Mass and saying the consecration, yet just because I don’t have a vocation to the priesthood I am barred from doing so. Thinking about what it is like to be a priest has been with me since I came into the Church. It is simple justice that I not be barred from the priesthood and thus it is a right and simple justice that the Church of male dominated hierarchy of men with vocations to priesthood should recognize my prophetic claim. Sadly though I see no movement in the Church recognizing my right to be a priest regardless of my actual vocation.
So I have decided to stand in faith and do something about this. I denounce the oppression of men without vocations. As of today I am officially starting the Men Without Priestly Vocations Ordination Conference. I hope to enroll like-minded men without priestly vocations to start this prophetic movement within the Church. We will seek to be ordained by people outside of the Catholic Church with no authority or even ability to ordain us to go ahead and ordain us making us Catholic Priests. In fact I am thinking about having a call to be a bishop within the Church and maybe even a Cardinal.
So if you have felt cheated for not having a priestly vocation and would still like to be a priest than the MWPVOC is for you.
Did you drop out of seminary because you did not a a vocation to the priesthood? If so the MWPVOC is for you.
Growing up did anybody ever tell you that you don’t have a vocation to the priesthood. The MWPVOC is for you too!
Ever think that the only think that separates you from your parish priest is that he has a priestly vocation and you don’t. Join the MWPVOC now.
Annoyed that women without vocations to the priesthood are getting all the attention? Then join us in the MWPVOC.
Just because Jesus picked the Apostles and the Holy Spirit gives vocations now should not stop you from appointing yourself as priest, especially if you feel you want to be a priest.
Plus if you join Men Without Priestly Vocations Ordination Conference we will send you a free media kit so that you can get attention for defiantly opposing the Roman Catholic Church and proudly proclaiming your prophetic status. Don’t worry you won’t have to know the theology of the priesthood when talking with reporters, just knowing the right buzz words and about how you are a devout Catholic and perhaps a sad story about wanting to be a priest yet being barred discriminated against because of a lack of vocations. The official Church does not admit men without sarcerdotal vocations even though in the early Church no doubt there were men without priestly vocations elevated to the priesthood. Rome has closed its ears to objections to the requirement of priestly vocations, but if we stand strong we will be heard as progress is finally made within the Church.
To kick off Men Without Priestly Vocations Ordination Conference we will be doing some advertisement during the upcoming papal visit.
* Fr. Powell, one of those men with a vocation to the priesthood, writes today On the impossibility of women’s ordination