I have recently heart that at least one Catholic bishop has been secretly ordaining women priests. Further, I heard that this bishop wanted to ensure that these ordinations would take place after his death, so he found two other validly-ordained Catholic male bishops to ordain at least one female bishop.
First, I would like to ask if anyone has information or references to these ordinations.
Second, I would like to ask about the canonical status of these ordinations. I have heard that, for example, the ordinations of bishops by Archbishop Lefebvre in the SSPX are considered “valid but illicit.” Obviously, the ordination of women as priests and bishops would be illegal under canon law. However, would they be considered “valid?” if, other than the sex of the person being ordained, the rubrics for the sacrament were followed? Or would the fact that the persons being ordained automatically make the ordinations invalid?
I’m not a canon lawyer, but if there are any in the crowd, your help is appreciated.