First, those who promote ordination of women as deacons (aka deaconettes) claim that they are only interested in diaconate for women, not priesthood. While your planet’s yellow sun doesn’t give me mind reading powers, I think that’s not true. No matter what they say in public, I don’t believe for an instant that they are not really aiming at priesthood. Enough.
Second, when wymyn have fake ordinations, simulating a sacrament, against the Church’s laws and teachings, they sin and commit scandal. There are consequences for those who participate, including excommunication. That’s for the Catholics. But these fake ceremonies are usually held in Protestant churches. Are there consequences for them? There ought to be.
I saw this from the liberal RNS:
NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Her whole life, Susan Vaickauski felt an internal struggle.
But earlier this summer, as Vaickauski lay prostrate at the foot of the altar of a church in the Chicago suburbs, while friends, family and supporters sang the litany of the saints over her, that struggle disappeared.
In its place, she said, she felt “this overwhelming sense of peace and just God saying, ‘Yes, this is exactly what I was asking of you. This is where I want you to be. This is what I want you to do.’ It’s this feeling of knowing you did what’s being asked of you.” [I suspect that whatever “voice” that was, it was not God speaking.]
What she felt God asking her to do – what she always has felt God calling her to do, she said – was to become a Catholic priest, a vocation that has been barred to women. [She is still not a Catholic priest.]
She answered that call on Saturday, June 11, when she was [not] ordained to the priesthood by Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an international movement to prepare, [pretend to] ordain and support female priests.
Vaickauski’s [fantasy] ceremony was held at a Protestant church, as the Roman Catholic Church officially does not recognize these ordinations. [The Church does not recognize them in any way, including “officially”. NB: When you see language like this, this “official” category, alarms should ring. The Fishwrap does this often: they juxtapose the “official” Church with the church of the spirit… or something. They seem to place the notions of masses of people over and against the Church’s ordained pastors, the Magisterium.]
Since she was ordained earlier this summer, Vaickauski has [not] celebrated Catholic Mass for a small worshiping community of 20 to 50 people once a month at Northbrook United Methodist Church, where she was [not] ordained. She’s been asked to offer spiritual direction and funerals. [It just gets worse.]
First, pray for this confused woman. She is in grave spiritual peril and she is committing terrible scandal.
Next, what about this business of these wymyn conducting these fake ordinations at Protestant churches? The consequence for Catholic in these simulated ordinations are clear. I contend that there ought to be consequences for the Protestants.
What could those consequences be?
Here is something that I have written in the past.
Antics like this should have consequences for ecumenical dialogue.
The women’s ordination thing is silliness. It is a circus.
A Protestant church hosted the circus. They gave the Catholic Church the finger.
There should be consequences.
We either take ecumenism seriously or we don’t. If we do – and I believe we must – we have to react strongly when ecumenical ideals are so grossly violated by Protestants who invite or permit these “women priest” ceremonies in their churches.
The most sacred rites of the Catholic Church are Holy Mass and ordination to Holy Orders.
They effectively trampled rites that we Catholics hold as sacred.
These silly Catholic women-priest supporters are committing sacrilege in simulating Mass and Orders.
However, the Protestants who host them are assisting in a mockery of our Holy Mass and a mockery of our priesthood.
For a long time progressivist Catholics were staging Jewish sedar meals in their churches. Some Jews were angered by this. We got the message from the Jews and stopped doing what was offensive to them.
By allowing this group of fakers into their churches, those Protestants accepted the premise that what those women play at is actually a Catholic ordination and a 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. In the case cited at the top of this entry, the staff of that Methodist church are clearly more than just giving space: they are going to employ this faker.
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.
Bishops have to take action when offensive, anti-Catholic things like this take place.
Upon hearing the news that this ceremony is going to take place (or has taken place), the local Catholic bishop 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. 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 that Catholic bishop should call the head of the denomination and convey the same message.
Then that Catholic Bishop should send an informative note to the USCCB’s ecumenical office and to the CDF and to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to let them know the facts of the sacrileges that took place and who helped them.
Then that Catholic bishop should call the press and give them his view about the offense the Protestants gave and the damage they inflicted on ecumenical dialogue.
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 by hosting these sacrilegious fakers.Moderation queue is ON.