Matt C. Abbott
November 30, 2011
Of womyn priest(ess) wannabes
By Matt C. Abbott

    'Women are trained to be priests. Many women have their masters in theology so there's no reason why they couldn't be priests. We should have women deacons. We feel that nuns, sisters, and women should have more rights. There should be more openness in the Church. The pope should be selected from male and female.'
No, those aren't the words of Fathers Richard McBrien or Michael Pfleger — they're the words of a woman who was participating in a "One Spirit-One Call" meeting held in the Archdiocese of Portland in November 2010.

Nina Rhea, director of Pro-Life Action of Oregon, and two female associates infiltrated and filmed the meeting of dissenters.

"We wanted to catch them on camera admitting to their main goal: the ordination of women priestesses," says Rhea. "And they did just that... Two hundred women attended, representing 20 parishes in Oregon."

But Rhea and her associates didn't make the video footage public until recently — a full year after the dissenters' meeting was held. She says they were informed a year ago "by a trusted source" that Archbishop Vlazny had seen the footage and its transcript, and they "expected the archdiocese to take action by now."

By all appearances, that hasn't been the case.

"It's been one year since OSOC's first strategy meeting," says Rhea. "We've learned they are continuing to freely infiltrate our parishes, pressuring pastors to permit 'listening circles.' Last month [October 2011] OSOC had a second strategy meeting at St. Andrew's."

Click here to see YouTube videos of the 2010 meeting, other pertinent links, and contact information for Church officials.

Regarding women's "ordination," the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
    'Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination.' The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry. The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ's return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.' (1577)
'Nuff said.

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