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Media Coverage of U.S. Ordinations, 2008

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The following articles have been published regarding the Ordination of WomenPriests in Boston (July 2008), in Lexington (August 2008), and in Chicago (November 2008). Please note that copyright is held by individual sources.

Injustice is Not Categorical
October 7, 2008 By Kaitlin Barker, Sojourners
Near the Vatican in October 2001, Janice Sevre-Duszynska and fellow advocates hung a banner calling in seven different languages for the ordination of women. Almost seven years later, the fruit of that action and many others like it was realized. Janice's long-awaited and hard-fought ordination Mass took place Aug. 9, 2008, in Lexington, Kentucky. "We are well-trained daughters of the church," she says of women pursuing the priesthood. "Jesus called us to a discipleship of equals. Women priests are a matter of justice."

Life on the edge
September 7, 2008 By Charlie Pearl, The State Journal
Last month a Roman Catholic priest for 36 years " the Rev. Roy Bourgeois of the Maryknoll, N.Y. community " attended the ordination of womanpriest Janice Sevre-Duszynska and preached the homily in Lexington.

List of National Catholic Reporter's Articles on Fr. Roy Bourgeois support of ordination of women
See Bridget Mary's Blog Spot for a complete listing with links to National Catholic Reporter's Articles on Fr. Roy Bourgeois and his support of the ordination for women in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Fr. Roy Bourgeois meeting 'productive'
Maryknoll priest backs woman's ordination
Maryknoll's Bourgeois calls meeting with order 'productive'
Sixth Catholic woman priest ordained this year
Bourgeois homily: 'Conscience compels us to be here today'
Peace activist priest assists at women's ordination ceremony

Articles-Radio-TV Coverage of Janice Sevre-Duszynska's Ordination as a Roman Catholic Womanpriest
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View Fr. Roy's Homily on Google
Roman Catholic Womenpriests Ordination in Kentucky/Roy_BourgeoisHomily

National Catholic Reporter's Article on Janice Sevre-Duszynska's ordination as Roman Catholic Womanpriest
August 9, 2008
By Dennis Coday, NCR staff writer
In his homily, Catholic Maryknoll Priest, Fr. Roy Bourgeois states that the ordination of women is an integral part of the social justice agenda of the church. Sixth woman priest ordained this year Bishop Dana Reynolds lays hands on Janice Sevre-Duszynska during Sevre-Duszynska's ordination Aug. 9 The movement has ordained 32 priests in the United States over the last two years. Saturday's event was noteworthy because for the first time, a male, Roman Catholic priest in good standing publicly joined the ceremony. Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois concelebrated at the ceremony and was a homilist.

National Public Radio Interview with Janice Sevre-Duszynska- Ordination as a Roman Catholic Womanpriest in Lexington, Kentucky on Aug. 9th, 2008
August 8, 2008
By Bryan Bartlett / WUKY
Although the Roman Catholic Church banned women from becoming priests over two-thousand years ago, a Jessamine County woman will be "ordained" by a church activist group. Bryan Bartlett has the story. news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1336324

ABC TV NEWS Lexington Woman Ordained a Priest
August 9, 2008

A Lexington woman goes against centuries of tradition and the Catholic Church to be ordained a priest. Jane Sevre-Duszynska was publicly ordained Saturday afternoon as a Roman Catholic woman-priest. Ten years ago, Sevre-Duszynska asked a Lexington bishop to ordain her as priest. He refused. Even so she never gave up her belief she had been called to the ministry. Saturday, inside the Unitarian Universalist church, she became the first woman in the South to be ordained by the Roman Catholic woman priest.

Jessamine Woman to be Ordained a Priest
July 30, 2008
by Jim Niemi, Lexington Herald Leader
St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke has declared two Roman Catholic women who live in the archdiocese, and another who lives in Germany, excommunicated. The area women, Rose Marie Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath, were ordained as priests in an organization called Roman Catholic Womenpriests in November. Their ordinations were not recognized by the church, which does not ordain women as priests.

A Woman's Parish
July 30, 2008
By By Fred Thys, Harwich Port, Mass
Three women who claim they were ordained as Roman Catholic priests in Boston this month are now serving ...

Women Priests Protest Catholic Doctrine
August 6, 2008
By Christian Schaffer for ABC 2 News
"There is a movement within the Catholic Church to try and pressure The Vatican to allow women to become priests. The Vatican says it goes against Catholic doctrine, and has excommunicated women who say they've been ordained. One of those women is from our area. Gloria Carpeneto of Catonsville sees herself as part of a movement to break through what she calls the stained-glass ceiling..." b1c63165-1333-4d07-a96e-8e0ef793f93f

Equality of priesthood ordained, these women say
July 26, 2008
by Taylor Barnes in Miami Herald
But Bridget Mary Meehan, a spokeswoman for Womenpriests who was ordained through the group, said the church's opposition won't stop them and that they ...

"Religious Conviction?"
February 26, 2008 by Tom Lyons
in The Hearld Tribune
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Venice has asked the Herald-Tribune to stop running a certain religiousal organization, spelled as one word -- "are breaking an unjust law that keeps women subordinate in the Roman Catholic Church."

Excommunicated St. Louis priest stresses truth over obedience
July 19, 2008
By Tom Heinen
Excommunication has not eroded the personal beliefs of the Rev. Marek Bozek, a Polish-born priest who butted heads with Archbishop Raymond Burke and the Vatican by leaving his assignment in a different Missouri diocese to become the pastor of a rebellious parish in St. Louis.

Roman Catholic Womenpriests Ordained in Boston on July 20, 2008
See Bridget Mary's Blog Spot for a complete listing with links on media coverage of RCWP Ordinations in Boston, July, 2008.

Dissident group claims three women ordained as priests
July 21, 2007 By Michael Paulson
in The Boston Globe
A group advocating for the ordination of women held a ceremony yesterday in a packed Protestant church at which it declared three women to be Catholic priests and a fourth woman to be a deacon.

Three women to be ordained, face excommunication
July 18, 2008
with Prat Thakkar, NECN
Three women will be ordained Catholic priests this weekend in a ceremony at a Protestant church in Boston's Back Bay. The Boston Archdiocese says it will not recognize the ceremony, and its participants will be automatically excommunicated.

3 women to be ordained Catholic priests in Boston
July 18, 2008 By Michael Paulson in The Boston Globe
Three aspiring Catholic priests will be anointed and prayed over this weekend in an ordination liturgy that will resemble the traditional in most ways but one: The three being ordained are women. women_to_be_ordained_catholic_priests_in_boston/

The following news / video clips have been aired regarding the Ordination of WomenPriests in Boston (July 2008), in Lexington (August 2008),and in Chicago (November 2008). Copyright is held by individual sources.    

Links to media on Chicago Ordinations on Nov. 1, 2008

In the first Roman Catholic Womanpriest (RCWP) ordination in Chicago, Barbara Zeman (Chicago) was ordained a priest, and Alta Jacko (Chicago), Linda Wilcox (Afton, MN), and Mary Styne (Milwaukee, WI) were ordained deacons by Bishop Dana Reynolds of California in St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.


Who's on first: Can women be priests?
(NECN) - The organization is called Roman Catholic Womenpriests. It is not recognized by the Roman Catholic church. And yet, they went ahead with a ceremony of ordination this week at a packed Protestant church in Boston. At the key moment, the women were vested with priests' robes, given a standing ovation, and declared to be priests...The guests on NewsNight have strong opinions. On both sides.

Lexington, Kentucky

Video Clip of Processional: "All are Welcome in this place"

Roman Catholic Womenpriests: Fr. Roy Bourgeois Homily

Video Clip of Janice's Ordination- Prostration before the Altar: Litany of the Saints  

Laying on of Hands by the Community  

Video Clip of Prayer of Consecration  

Video Clip of Communion Reflection Hymn: "Let the Women be there"  

Video Clip of Recessional: "We are Marching, Singing, Dancing in the Light of God"

Links to Local Lexington TV Clips of Press Conference
August 8, 2008

LEX 18 News at 5:30, WLEX-TV NBC 18, Lexington, KY, 08-08-2008

WKYT's (ch. 27, CBS)

Three Catholic women will be ordained
WCVB The Boston Channel - Three Catholic women will be ordained...

Brazil, Chile and Spain links to articles:

Ordenação sacerdotal de três católicas reaviva controvérsia - Brazil
Bridget Mary Meehan, porta-voz do grupo Mulheres Sacerdotes Católicas, disse que o Vaticano não está zangado com sua organização porque a hierarquia "sabe ...

Grupo católico ordena a tres sacerdotisas en Estados Unidos
La Segunda - Chile
... porque nuestros obispos fueron ordenadas por obispos católicos varones a los que la Iglesia acepta", dijo Bridget Mary Meehan, portavoz del grupo. ...

La ordenación sacerdotal de tres mujeres católicas reaviva la ...
Terra España - Spain
Bridget Mary Meehan, portavoz del grupo Mujeres Sacerdotes Católicas, dijo que el Vaticano está tan enojado con su organización porque la jerarquía 'sabe ...


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