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
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