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Sunday, October 23, 2016
'Ordained' women face threat of excommunication
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 The Vatican has issued a warning to seven Catholic women who were recently 'ordained' as priests in Austria, telling them that if they do not appeal for pardon by 22 July, they will be formally excommunicated. The ceremony involving a group of Austrian, German and American women, was led by Romulo Antonio Braschi, an Argentine 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. Campaigners for the ordination of women within the church have distanced themselves from the group. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote yesterday: 'On June 29, 2002, Romulo Antonio Braschi, the founder of a schismatic community, attempted to confer priestly ordination on the following Catholic women: Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, Adelinde Theresia Roitinger, Gisela Forster, Iris Müller, Ida Raming, Pia Brunner and Angela White. 'In order to give direction to the consciences of the Catholic faithful and dispel any doubts which may have arisen, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wishes to recall the teaching of the Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis of Pope John Paul II, which states that 'the church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the church's faithful' (n. 4). For this reason, the above-mentioned 'priestly ordination' constitutes the simulation of a sacrament and is thus invalid and null, as well as constituting a grave offence to the divine constitution of the church. Furthermore, because the 'ordaining' bishop belongs to a schismatic community, it is also a serious attack on the unity of the church. Such an action is an affront to the dignity of women, whose specific role in the church and society is distinctive and irreplaceable. 'The present Declaration, recalling the preceding statements of the Bishop of Linz and the Episcopal Conference of Austria and in accordance with canon 1347 § 1 of the CIC, gives formal warning to the above-mentioned women that they will incur excommunication reserved to the Holy See if, by July 22, 2002, they do not (1) acknowledge the nullity of the 'orders' they have received from a schismatic Bishop in contradiction to the definitive doctrine of the church and (2) state their repentance and ask forgiveness for the scandal caused to the faithful.' source: Vatican Information Service
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