In an article of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram posted July 28, 05.
Women ordained as priests
**GANANOQUE, Ontario - **Four women were ordained as priests and five as deacons in a ceremony on the St. Lawrence River that the official Roman Catholic Church considers invalid.
Three female bishops, two of whom have been excommunicated, presided at the nearly three-hour service Monday that challenged the church’s long-standing ban on ordaining women.
“I firmly believe that we need to break this unjust law and therefore change the system,” Bishop Patricia Fresen of South Africa said at a news conference.
According to official Catholic teaching, male-only priesthood dates to Jesus’ selection of men as his apostles.
The event was organized by RC Womenpriests, an international group of Catholics who advocate women’s ordination. Participants and many of the witnesses at the ordination said they are willing to risk excommunication because they envision a church in which women can fully participate.
Fresen was ordained as a priest in Spain in 2003 and was recently consecrated as a bishop. Bishops Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger of Austria and Gisela Forster of Germany were ordained as part of the Danube Seven, women ordained in 2002 on the Danube River and later excommunicated.
The ceremony began with the beating of a drum and two American Indian songs led by an Algonquin woman. Waves gently rocked a boat as it traveled through international waters, which organizers say are beyond any diocese’s jurisdiction.
During the ordination, the candidates for the diaconate and the priesthood were called forward one by one.
“Here I am, and I’m ready,” each said.