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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Seven women 'priests' excommunicated
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¬†Seven women who took part in an unofficial ordination ceremony in Austria on 29 June, were excommunicated yesterday. The ceremony which took place on a boat on the River Danube in Austria,was led by Romulo Antonio Braschi, an Argentinean priest, who broke with the Catholic church in 1998, and was ordained a bishop in the schismatic Catholic Apostolic church of Brazil. That sect broke away from the Vatican in 1945. The seven, from Germany, Austria and the United States are: Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, Adelinde Theresia Roitinger, Gisela Forster, Iris MŁller, Ida Raming, Pia Brunner and Angela White. The women were given time to renounce their ordination, but the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said in a press release yesterday that they have shown no sign of repentance. Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, said they planned to appeal against the order. The former nun, who is now married and a schoolteacher, told the French news agency AFP that she plans to carry on working as a priest. "People have asked me to lead the service at their weddings, and I will carry on my pastoral work unhindered," she said.
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