Vatican Decrees Excommunication for Ordained Women
The Vatican last week reaffirmed its stance against allowing women to be ordained as priests. The Catholic Church warned that it will automatically excommunicate anyone involved in the ordination of a woman as a Catholic priest, according to the New York Times.
The Church acted in response to a number of what a Vatican aide deemed "so-called ordinations" around the world, reports the Associated Press. In March, St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burk excommunicated three women for participating in an ordination ceremony.
"The Women's Ordination Conference is outraged by yesterday's Vatican decree, which reminds Catholic women once again of the animosity they face from the hierarchy, despite being the backbone of most Catholic parishes throughout the world," said Aisha Taylor, executive director of the Women's Ordination Conference, in a statement.
Media Resources: New York Times 5/31/08; Associated Press 5/31/08; Women's Ordination Conference statement 5/30/08; Feminist Daily Newswire
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .