Here is some cheery news. It is cheery in that the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is doing its job diligently and that justice has been done and that the Faith has been defended. It is sad news, however, that any Catholic priest would be so wicked as to do such a thing.
We are pleased that the proper thing has been done, and sad about the sin committed which required such intervention.
From Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter), in mourning, with my emphases and comments:
Longtime peace activist removed from ministry after concelebrating Mass with woman priest [How many errors are there in that headline?]
A longtime peace and human rights activist arrested countless times, Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada [Never heard of him.] has been removed from public ministry for concelebrating [No!] Mass [No!] with a woman priest [No!] in 2011. [You see what Fishwrap is doing here, right? They want you to glide serenely through their heretical premises.]
The letter removing the 76-year-old’s public priestly faculties — a copy of which NCR obtained March 21 ["Obtained"? LOL! Gosh! I wonder how that happened!] — came from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, [aka LIDLESS EYE OF SAURON!] which reviewed documentation related to the Nov. 22, 2011, liturgy Zawada concelebrated with Roman Catholic Womanpriest Janice Sevre-Duszynska. [Hey! It's the "Lady Tambourine Priest"! Remember her ordination tambourine? HERE]
“Having carefully examined the acts of the case, and the vota of the former Minister General and the Rev. Zawada’s Provincial Superior, this Dicastery has decided to impose on Rev. Jerome Zawada, OFM, a life of prayer and penance to be lived within the Queen of Peace Friary in Burlington, Wisconsin,” the letter states. [I wonder what Roy Bourgeois is up to these days.]
In addition, Zawada cannot present himself in public as a priest or celebrate the sacraments publicly; however, he can concelebrate Mass with other friars at the friary and in private. [Which would, probably, be valid, at least.]
“I don’t mind the prayer part,” Zawada told NCR Monday, “but when they called, when they say that I need to be spending time in penance, well, I’m not going to do penance for my convictions and the convictions of so many others, too.” [That's the spirit, Father!]
Fr. John Puodziunas, provincial minister of the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption BVM Province, said he has not yet discussed the letter with Zawada but plans to in the coming weeks. He confirmed the letter removes him from his public priestly ministry but said it hasn’t been decided how it will restrict his movement outside the friary. At the same time, he said, “Friaries are not jails.” [HA! That's for damn sure, based on the friaries I've seen!]
Read the rest there.
I am gratified that the CDF is exercising due diligence in carrying out its brief for the Holy Father, who would have had to sign off on this decision.
Women cannot be ordained. Period.
If you choose to stray over that line during the pontificate of Pope Francis, the first Pope who has ever smiled or kissed a baby, you will be removed from ministry.
Finally, Australian former-priest Greg Reynolds is still excommunicated.