Two women ordained as priests in a
disputed ceremony Sunday have been issued summonses by St. Louis
Archbishop Raymond Burke demanding they appear before a church
Elsie Hainz McGrath said she and Rose Marie Dunn Hudson do not plan to
show up for the Dec. 3 hearing as ordered by the archbishop. “If I do
go, it’s just going to cause a lot of grief and it’s not going to
change anything,” McGrath said.
She said she’s not sure what the repercussions will be but said the
letter makes it clear that the hearing would be their last chance to
Often news stories on women’s
ordination are framed around the idea of the brave women fighting
against the evillll male hierarchical church. Yet when these
two brave women priests are called to defend their actions they run
The Ballad of Brave
Bravely bold priestesses rode forth from St. Louis.
They were not afraid of
Burke, O brave Priestesses!
They were not at all
afraid to be excommunicated,
Brave, brave, brave,
They were not in the
least bit scared of the male hierarchy,
Or to have their stoles
gouged out, and their ponchos broken;
Or grave canon law and
the constant teaching of the Church,
Or that out
of touch old man in Rome, brave Priestesses!
Quickly turns into:
Brave Priestesses ran
Bravely ran away, away!
When danger reared its
They bravely turned
their tail and fled.
Yes, brave Priestesses
And gallantly they
Bravely taking to their
They beat a very brave
Bravest of the brave,
*Apologies to Monty Python