Some wymyn played priest the other day in Cincinnati. My friend Fr. Martin Fox, a real priest in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is all over this.
What I found curious about this is that the news report at WCPO TV said that the wymyn didn’t want the name of the church where the offensive sham “ordination” took place to be revealed because they were afraid of “backlash”.
They are being so “prophetic” that they want to keep it all hush hush.
The womyn who was the receiving faker during this role-playing experiment was Paula Hoeffer. By coincidence, there is a Paula Hoeffer who once taught 1st grade at Nativity School in Cincinnati, which is part of Nativity parish. You decide if they are the same person. The staff page of the school doesn’t include Mrs. Hoeffer, though an old page does.
The WPCO item is entitled “VIDEO: Married former nun talks to WCPO about becoming priest”. In the WPCO story we read that her husband “Ed, left the priesthood to marry her.”
It seems that the fake ordination ceremony in an Episcopalian church. It seems that the church is All Saints. They have a really interesting staff at All Saints. They do all sorts of curious things there. There is a page that has the invitation to this fake event. HERE
I wonder what sort of backlash they are worrying about at All Saints Episcopal?
Something along these lines? HERE
This is what I wrote about a similar situation:
[I]n allowing this group of fakers into their churches, the Protestants are accepting the premise that what the women are doing in there actually is a Catholic ordination and Mass.
How dare PROTESTANTS decide what a Catholic Mass is?
And if they respond, “Gee, we mean no disrespect. We are just giving space to this group”, then what they are doing is aiding a protest against the Catholic Church.
There is no way around this. Protestants who give these fakers aid are either on their side, and thus support their claim that what they are doing really is an ordination and Mass, or in claiming not to be taking sides they are still giving support to an anti-Catholic protest.
“But Father! But Father!”, you are certainly saying by now, “There really isn’t anything we can do about this! They can do what they like in their churches and we are powerless!”
Imagine that some women-priest fakers have a sacrilegious ceremony at, say, St. Swithan-by-the Slough Episcopal Church – or whatever Protestant church – in Tall Tree Circle, within in the territory of the Catholic Diocese of Black Duck.
Upon hearing the news that this ceremony is going to take place (or has taken place), the Catholic Bishop of Black Duck must call the pastor of that Protestant parish and say, “I’m the Catholic Bishop. Do not allow this sacrilege to be committed in your church.” (Mutatis mutandis, if it already happened of course.) He goes on to say, “You wouldn’t do this for a group of dissident Jews wanting to ordain rabbis, but we are Catholics so you don’t care what offense you give us. Until an apology is issued, don’t look for us to dialogue with you again.”
Then the Catholic Bishop of Black Duck calls the head of the denomination, the Episcopalian Bishop of the zone or whomever they have depending on the group, and unloads the same message.
Then the Catholic Bishop sends informative notes to the USCCB’s ecumenical office, to the CDF and to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in order to let them know the facts about the the sacrileges against our most sacred rites and sacraments that were committed – with their help – in their church.
Then you call the press.
“But FATHER!” some of you are saying, all aghast and aflutter, “That’s… that’s… isn’t that over the top? Isn’t that a terrible over-reaction? You’ll hurt ecumenism! Shouldn’t we take the high road? Turn the other cheek? Be nice! Your response should be, I dunno, more proportionate!”
I respond: “PIFFLE! BULL PIFFLE!”
Protestants invite or permit sacrilege and anti-Catholic protest in their church and, when we say we don’t like it, Catholics are guilty of slowing down ecumenism? I. Think. NOT.
And as for a “proportionate response”, what would that be?
You want a “proportionate response”? Here’s a proportionate response!
Given that we are talking about the most sacred rites we have, a proportionate response would have to be something like a special service in the Cathedral of Black Duck. There would be a prayer of reparation for the sacrilege at St. Swithan-by-the Slough, a sermon about the theological errors of their sect, and prayers for the mercy of God on their souls lest they go to Hell. There would be handouts about the true teaching of the Church on Holy Mass and Holy Orders and, also, true ecumenism, articles in the local diocesan newspaper describing the errors of the sect and that they are not a true Church in the sense recognized by the Catholic Church. There would be weeks of sermons in every pupit of the Diocese of Black Duck…. Get the drift? That’s proportionate.
The response of my fictional Bishop of Black Duck is actually pretty mild compared to a proportionate response.
Take the higher road? Okay, let’s do. Let’s take the high road of true ecumenism. Let’s start by not lying to each other and committing sacrilege against what others hold sacred.
True ecumenism does not consist in lying down and letting some other church kick you and define what Mass is for you, or say who can be ordained, or stick their “F-You” finger in your face when letting in these sacrilegious fakers.
As I mentioned, Fr. Fox is on this. He has directed some questions to the rectoress of All Saints Episcopal in Cincinnati. Hopefully, he will hear something back from her soon.
I pray that all these people, the catholics, will repent of the grave sins they committed and seek reconciliation with the Church. Their souls are in danger. I pray that the Episcopalians will repent of their terrible offense and issue an apology.
UPDATE 20 May:
Another crunchy tidbit from this wymyn story. This appears on Nativity Parish’s website, under “Sites of Interest“:
All Saints Episcopal Church: www.allsaintscincinnati.org
For decades (since the days of Archbishop Bernardin) the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord and All Saints Episcopal Church have shared common ministries together and were both instrumental in the founding of the Caring Place at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church. In the 1960s, both parishes worked together to stem the “white flight” that was happening in neigborhoods surrounding our parish, and we worked hard to keep Pleasant Ride and Kennedy Heights integrated. We value our historic covenant with All Saints Episcopal Church.
A reader sent a link to a parish bulletin at Nativity where Mrs. Paula Hoeffer has been, at one point, a school teacher. Apparently, as late as January 2014 she, the former woman religious, and her husband, the ex-priest, have both been lectors at Mass.