In a statement denouncing the “ordination” of seven women to priesthood, the Vatican yesterday urged the women to repent or face excommunication. Insisting that Romulu Braschi—the Argentine bishop who ordained the women from Austria, Germany, and the US—founded a schismatic community, the Vatican reasserted its policy banning women from priesthood, saying it "constitutes the simulation of a sacrament and is thus invalid and null, as well as constituting a grave offense to the divine institution of the Church… Such an action is an affront to the dignity of women, whose specific role in the Church and society is distinctive and irreplaceable.”
8/29/2014 Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US - A recent case has opened the door for victims of domestic violence abroad to qualify for asylum in the United States.
The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group. . . .