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Fort Myers Woman Defies Church To Be Ordained Roman Catholic Priest

 

Judy Beaumont, 74, of Fort Myers, is defying centuries-old doctrine in becoming the first woman in Southwest Florida to be ordained a Roman Catholic priest. The church decrees this role is reserved for men. Bishop Frank Dewane of the Diocese of Venice, which oversees the Catholic faithful in 10 counties, including all of Southwest Florida, has warned her not to cross that patriarchal line.

“It has been brought to my attention that you purportedly reside in the Diocese of Venice in Florida and may attempt to be ‘ordained’ to the ministerial priesthood here within this Diocese,” Dewane wrote in a letter to Beaumont. “This is a most grave and serious matter of consequence for your soul.”

The consequence is automatic excommunication, or expulsion from the church, the bishop wrote. The same penalty applies to anyone who participates in the ordination ceremony.

“With this in mind, for the good of your immortal soul, I exhort you to choose not to participate in this attempted ‘ordination,’” Dewane wrote.

Beaumont says she will follow her conscience and take the consequences. The ordination will be held at 3 p.m. at Lamb of God Church, a Lutheran-Episcopal congregation on Cypress View Drive in Fort Myers.

“Of course, we all reject that excommunication, because it’s a man-made rule that does not really follow what we know of Jesus, what Jesus would do,” said Beaumont, who entered the convent at 17 and was a Benedictine nun for 35 years. “How can any group of human beings say to God, ‘You can’t call a woman.’?”

She is one of more than 124 women priests and 10 woman bishops who say they have been called to serve in the Catholic Church. Most are in the United States, but others are found in South America, Germany, Austria, France, Ireland, Canada and other countries. The movement began in 2002 with the ordination of seven women by a male priest on the Danube River.

The movement has generated controversy and debate between traditional and progressive Catholics who favor the concept of “inclusion,” embracing women priests, married priests, gays and others not accepted by the church. [More]

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18 Comments

  1. Fr. Anthony C. Dinoto says:

    Where does Jospeh Ratzinger get the nerve to speak out against religious liberty? Are you kidding me? What a pack of hypocritical pedophiles!!!

  2. Robert deBruce says:

    The Good Ole Boys club otherwise known as the Roman Catholic Church is more corrupt and more narrow minded and less welcoming than in any time since the Council of TRENT. There’s really NOTHING CATHOLIC (as in universal) about it!!! These poor delusional women don’t get it that they will never change the Man Made laws that keep them in second class status. Stop deluding yourselves. The US National Bishops Conference is populated almost completely with conservative throwbacks who would like nothing more than to abolish the writings of the Second Vatican Council. If Our Lord hadn’t been resurrected from the dead, he’d be ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE at the likes of Ratzinger and the thugs that MURDERED Pope Luciani back in 1978!!!!!

  3. Bernard Lawless says:

    The Good Ole Boys club otherwise known as the Roman Catholic Church is more corrupt and more narrow minded and less welcoming than in any time since the Council of TRENT. There’s really NOTHING CATHOLIC (as in universal) about it!!! These poor delusional women don’t get it that they will never change the Man Made laws that keep them in second class status. Stop deluding yourselves. The US National Bishops Conference is populated almost completely with conservative throwbacks who would like nothing more than to abolish the writings of the Second Vatican Council. If Our Lord hadn’t been resurrected from the dead, he’d be ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE at the likes of Ratzinger and the thugs that MURDERED Pope Luciani back in 1978!!!!!

  4. Henry Deeighth says:

    What a sad joke! The Roman Catholic Church is no more yours than any women who claims to be a communicant of the Roman Church. The Roman Church is a cult of pedophiles, pimps and pompous asses!! JUST LEAVE AND LEARN HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH AS AN ANGLICAN IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, U.S.A.

  5. Dillon Thomas says:

    Be prepared to rot in hell you blasphemer! If there is a hell.

  6. John says:

    Poor misguided individuals. Men were set aside for the priesthood. End of discussion. Women have a different, but co-equal role in salvation history. Obviously this woman has convinced herself that her selfishness is acceptable. If the Holy Spirit intends to have women priests, then prayer, not this sort of stupidity should be the focus.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Disobedience to the man-made magisterium means absolutely nothing. God calls who God calls. The arrogance of the self-righteous, narrow-minded men in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church is unbelievable. How can supposedly educated men be so incredibly stupid?

  8. Jason says:

    Dear Editor:
    Can you please watch your headline! A woman can never be ordained a Catholic priest, not only theologically, but canonically. To even pretend to be ordained a priest means she would be excommunicated. Your headline should really be changed. Thanks!

  9. Michael says:

    Boy, some people don’t get it. The Church has no authority to ordain women. I guess Judy knows Jesus more than the Church. Let’s see. Jesus chose 12 Apostles. I don’t remember Jesus choosing any women? Maybe the women who get themselves invalidly ordained should get together and excommunicate Jesus for being a sexist. What does He know? He’s only God Incarnate!

    • Recovering Catholic says:

      Michael, Michael, Michael! Jesus also did not choose any black men, Chinese, Indian men or homosexuals to be his apostles and yet the church is full of them.

  10. jay jarrell says:

    Let’s watch our words (headlines) She isn’t being ordained a Roman Catholic priest. Whatever she feels called to do and is doing it will not achieve that objective.

  11. Larry Cummins says:

    Why do people want to be Catholic, but don’t want to follow Catholic church teachings.
    It’s like the 60s in America. “If it feels right do it. I want to be ‘Catholic’, my way.”

    • Anonymous says:

      Your statement is like saying during the era of the Jim Crow laws in America: Why does a black person want to live in the U.S. and not want to follow the laws.

  12. Charles Bolser says:

    What does disobedience to the “magisterium” have to do with one’s soul? Does obedience to the bishop save one’s soul? Paternalism and theocracy impose fear on the faithful – but only if they choose to accept the situation as determined by the bishop/priest who according to some have the power to save your soul or to condemn you to hell. ??

  13. Tony says:

    The official Roman Church, the Magisterium is just gonna say, the ordination is invalled and void and women who get ordained priest are just playing “Mickey Mouse” church and are excommunicated.
    Guess you can’t play Mickey Mouse.

    • Anonymous says:

      God calls who God calls. Does a rose by any other name not smell as sweet?

      • Thomas Waliczek says:

        Yes, God calls who God calls. Any woman who hears the call is free to respond to it. Just not to the priesthood. Why must people insist on having things their way. We are all called to obedience. Their are many reasons that only men can be priests, not the least of which is that the priest stands in the place of Christ, a man. Jesus was the lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice The old testament law required that the lamb be perfect, unblemished,and male.

        • Recovering Catholic says:

          OH PLEASE !!!!!!! We are ALL called to the Holy Priesthood. You need to work at getting over your prejudices.

 
 

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