The ultra-lefty dissenting National Catholic Reporter has particularly shameful coverage of another false-ordination ceremony for a woman who wants to be a Catholic priest.
The facts of the story go along the usual track: woman wants to be a Catholic priest, some other woman who want the same thing pretend to ordain her, they are now excommunicated.
However, it was the tone of the article in the National Catholic Reporter that just as shameful.
The writer uses terms like "priest" and "ordination" without making any distinctions. And then speaks about the juridical effects of their actions as if the Church is the unjust oppressor of brave pioneers.
Let’s have a look at the article with my emphases and comments.
Sixth Catholic woman priest ordained [Note the two incorrect terms from the onset. She is not a priest and she was not ordained.] this year
By DENNIS CODAY, NCR staff writer
August 9, 2008
Janice Sevre-Duszynska was [NOT] ordained a priest Saturday, Aug. 9, in Lexington, Ky., making her the sixth woman [NOT] to be ordained in the United States this year as part of the Roman [NON] Catholic Womenpriests movement.
The movement has [NOT] ordained 32 priests in the United States over the last two years. Saturday’s event was noteworthy because for the first time, a male, [Here is another problem. They distinguish him as "male", ... as if there were any other kind!] Roman Catholic priest in good standing publicly joined the ceremony. Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois [a very strange guy] concelebrated at the ceremony and was a homilist. (See related story and read Bourgeois’ homily.)
Sevre-Duszynska, 58, is married. She has said she will serve as an itinerant [fake] priest “speaking out for the voiceless and challenging the powers that be to hear the call of nonviolence and cooperation in our world community.”
Marjorie Maguire, a longtime friend of Sevre-Duszynska from Milwaukee, talked with NCR by phone from Lexington after the [fake] ordination. About 150 people attended the [fake] ordination, which was held in the Unitarian Universalist [figures] Church in Lexington.
She said that at the end of the [pretend] ceremony, Sevre-Duszynska told the congregation that she often thinks of something Dominican Sr. Marge Tuite told her many years ago: “Never stop making the connections between sexism, racism, militarism, nationalism and all forms of violence.”
Making those connections, Maguire said, was really the theme of the day’s [fake] ordination. “Roy and Janice represent the merging of these (struggles of justice), of making these connections,” Maguire said.
During the Litany of the Saints, which is part of [in this case fake] ordination rite, as Sevre-Duszynska lay prostrate on floor, she held two objects: a wooden cross that she held during protests at SOA Watch demonstrations and an alb made of sackcloth that she wore at demonstrations for women’s ordinations that she staged during the meetings of the U.S. Catholic Bishops conferences.
[Now watch how the language shifts.]
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington condemned the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement as “in opposition to the church’s authentic teaching” and warned that “members of the Catholic faithful should not support or participate in Saturday’s event.” Participation in the event, “carries with it very serious penal sanctions in Church Law,” a statement on the diocese’s Web site warned. [See how menancing, oppressive and unjust the official male dominated sexist Church is?]
The event, the diocese said, “has no connection to Roman Catholic Liturgy or Sacraments and cannot in any way be recognized as a valid reception of Sacred Orders.”
Despite such threats, this has been a busy year for the Womenpriests movement. Three women were [NOT] ordained in Boston July 20. A woman was ordained in Portland, Oregon June 7 and another in Winona, Minn., May 4. A woman and a man were [NOT] ordained in Canada May 29. The Roman Catholic Womenpriests claim [finally a word that get's closer to the truth] 26 priests and a dozen deacons in the United States. A California woman, Dana Reynolds, was elected and [NOT, and laughably so] ordained a bishop for the movement earlier this year. Reynolds presided at the Lexington [fake] ordination.
The movement has at least two more [fake] ordinations planned for this year, in St. Barbara, Calif., in September and in Chicago in November.
Vatican formally condemns [again the tenor of the language is indicative of the position of the NCRep on this issue] ordinations
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a decree May 30 formally declaring that a woman who attempts to be ordained a Catholic priest and the persons attempting to ordain her are automatically excommunicated.
Dominican Fr. Augustine Di Noia, undersecretary of the congregation, told Catholic News Service May 30 that the decree makes clear that people directly involved in an attempted ordination of a woman excommunicate themselves automatically; it is not a penalty imposed by the local bishop or the universal church.
Since the excommunication is not imposed, there is no possibility of appeal, he said: "The only recourse is repentance. [No recourse! How mean.]
"The problem is not that all of a sudden there was a tsunami of attempted ordinations of women," Di Noia said, but that the Code of Canon Law and the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches "never anticipated that such a thing would happen." . [Because it is so very weird.]
The decree was needed "for the good of the church and to ensure bishops have a common way of responding" when such ceremonies are held in their dioceses, he said.
The media spokeswoman for Womenpriests, Bridget Mary Meehan, says the punishments and excommunications are actually helping the movement. [I doubt that.]
Such extreme treatment [Okay... these bizarre women simulate an ordination ceremony in direct defiance of the Holy See, the local bishop, and 2000 years of Christianty. They go to some odd sect's church to do it. They commit scandal by trumpeting what they do. They have all been informed of the juridical consequences.... and they do it anyway. And the excommunication is "extreme treatment"?] doesn’t make sense to many ordinary Catholics, Meehan told NCR. “They ask, ‘Why would you excommunicate someone who just wants to serve God?’ ” [That's pretty clear and this pretend confusion is hypocritical.] More and more Catholics are accepting the idea of women priests, she said. [So what? Lot's of people think that all sorts of sinful behaviors are okay. They are still wrong. The numbers of people who think this or that are not the basis of doctrine.]
“We are building a renewed model of priesthood for a renewed Roman Catholic Church in a community of equals in which all are welcome at the sacred Eucharistic table” said Meehan, [NOT] ordained two years ago, is a [fake] priest for house churches in Sarasota, Florida, and northern Virginia. [Note here the imagery from the early Church: "house churches". The idea is that the early roots of Christianity, in its first phase of growth, is somehow more authentic than what we have now. Note the tone of words like "renewed" and "equals" and "welcome", whereas the official Church was into threats and warnings.]
“Excommunications are not keeping people from seeking us out,” [too bad] she said by phone from Lexington. “There is no punishment, there is nothing the institutional church can do to stop this movement,” she said. [I've been using the word "official", but here is the code in another form: "institutional".]
Meehan had high praise for Bourgeois. She said that he is the first active male priest to take a public role in a woman’s ordination. [He should be instantly suspended a divinis, if he is really in good standing at this time.] She said he, like many other Catholics, are examining their consciences and finding that they must support a more inclusive church. [I repeat what I sai above: there is code language here. However, the NCRep has actually taken the side of the excommunicated separatists and trying to legitimize their movement.]
Sevre-Duszynska events leading up to ordination
* In January 1998, Sevre-Duszynska made national news by interrupting an ordination ceremony at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington and asking for ordination herself. “I am called by the Holy Spirit to present myself for ordination,” she said when the male [there are no other kind] candidate for priesthood was called forward by the bishop. “My name is Janice. I ask this for myself and for all women.”
Sevre-Duszynska holds a master’s degree in theater from the University of Kentucky and is an award-winning playwright and received a fellowship to the Yale School of Drama.
Even before her dramatic act at the cathedral she had worn blue arm bands to protest outside the site of ordinations, particiated [sic] in for-women-only eucharistic celebrations, written to bishops and carried placards promoting women priests.
* In 2000, during the U.S. bishops’ November meeting in Washington, Sevre-Duszynska grapped [sic] a microphone after Cardinal Bernard Law, then of Boston, had proposed a statement on the situation in the Middle East. “I’m here to use my voice for many who cannot speak,” she said.
“There’s an injustice within our church that affects the whole world.” She urged the bishops to be “compassionate to your sisters … women called by God to ordination.”
Her microphone was turned off. She refused to leave the gathering, sitting there as the bishops continued their meeting in the large hotel ballroom. When that portion of the meeting ended, police escorted her out of the hotel. [What a class act.]
The following year, as the prelates, again gathered for their November meeting, assembled for a Mass for Peace, Sevre-Duszynska interrupted the service [classy!] to answer the responsorial psalm: “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.” She responded: Justice for women in the church.” She refused to sit down and was led from the church by a group of five men, including a priest.
* In 2002, Sevre-Duszynska was arrested and charged with trespass after she refused to leave a diaconate ordination [elegant] in Atlanta where she and several others protested sexism in the church. She told NCR in an interview at the time that she had entered the cathedral to pray. When told the service was invitation only, she said she told the ushers: “What are you talking about? I have been to many ordinations, and they’re never by invitation only. Besides, I’m a daughter of the church, and Christ welcomes everyone to the table.” The archdiocese of Atlanta filed suit seeking a permanent injunction barring her from entering any archdiocesan property.
Her protests have not been limited to ecclesiastical matters. That same year she was arrested and sentenced to three months in federal prison and fined $500 for a non-violent protest at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga. She and more than two dozen others trespassed onto fort property in an organized protest calling for the closing of the school.
(Dennis Coday is an NCR staff writer. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org)
So, I think you can see why this article is so bad. It is not simply that they present the facts of what happened, or what people said. It is fair to relate a person’s position, no matter how strange it is. But this paper, which has the word "Catholic" in its name, has taken the position of the fake ordination of women, which is heresy. By doing so they also commit scandal.