Yesterday I posted an ACTION ITEM! for your kind attention, a poll on a Michigan media site (please go an vote!) about an upcoming fauxdination of a woman that was to take place at a Congregration Church. You could tell how the paper/site was biased in favor of this offensive fake ordination.
Our own eagle-eyed Elizabeth D, frequent commentatrix here, saw this followup story:
Harassment forces relocation of Womenpriest ordination Saturday
THREE OAKS, MI — Lillian Lewis, who is to be ordained [nope] as a priest [nope] Saturday by a dissident [yep] Catholic group, says harassing phone calls have forced relocation of the ceremony. [HUZZAH! But… harassing? *ring* “Hello, this is First Congregational, How may I direct your call?”… “Good morning. I’m Catholic and I strongly object to your hosting the fake ordination of a woman. This is an offense to all Catholics and harmful to ecumenical dialogue.”… “You are harassing us!” … “No, I am only calling you to tell in a civil manner you that I am offended. I ask you not to host this insulting event.” … *click*]
The event originally was to be held at the First Congregational Church in Three Oaks, where Lewis resides.
Lewis, 75, said she is moving the ceremony to her home because “Catholics have been harassing the (Congregational) parish and they were harassing me to such an extent that I had to take it seriously.”
She called the harassment “mean-spirited and vituperous.” [*ring* “Hello.” … “I’m Catholic and I think that this fake ordination is an offense.” … “You are mean-spirited!” … “I am merely telling you, who wrongly aspire to be a priest, which is impossible, that you are about to commit a grave sin by an action that is offensive. I pray and wish for every good thing for you, and in charity I ask you not do this thing.”… “You are vituperous!” … “Even if ‘vituperous’ were a word in the English language”, I would not be put off by your name-calling. I ask you, in charity, to reconsider this terrible plan. Have a blessed day.” *click*]
A man who answered the phone at First Congregational Church told a Kalamazoo Gazette reporter the church “has been been receiving theatening and harassing calls because of the media circus.” He hung up before giving his name. [Well… that’s a good source.]
Lewis, 75, a longtime Catholic who worked 25 years as a pastoral associate for Catholic congregations in the Chicago area, [figures] is being ordained [nope] by Joan Houk, a bishop [nope] of Roman Catholic Womenpriests. The dissident Catholic group was founded in Germany in 2002 as a reaction against the Catholic ban [Jesus’s ban] against women priests.
Bishop Paul Bradley of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo is warning Catholics not to participate in Saturday’s ceremony Saturday.
In a two-page letter inserted in the weekly newsletter distributed at Catholic Masses over the weekend, Bradley strongly criticized the upcoming event as one that will “undermine the unity of the Church.” (Click here for a pdf of Bradley’s letter.)
The letter does not name Lewis, but says she [I thought she wasn’t named…] and direct participants in the ordination will be excommunicated, and those who “give witness and encouragement to this fundamental break with the unity of the people of God place themselves outside of the full community with the Church.”
“Bishop Bradley got his wish,” Lewis said Thursday about the harassment. [Notice how the “reportrix” simply accepts the assertion that there was “harassment”. What a pro!]
This is, at least, a step in the right direction for that Congregational “Church” (more precisely “eccesial community” – HERE). If the wywyn want to play dress-up, let them do so at home.
Do not miss the comment by votefassino, below.