From Condemnation to Conversation: Vatican Dialogues with Women Priests

From 2002 through 2016, the Vatican has condemned the ordination of women priests. Since the ordination of  “The Danube Seven” in 2002, the Vatican has tried a number of strategies to quash our movement: excommunication, silencing, shunning, firing and ignoring. Now ten years since the first U.S. ordinations on the boat in Pittsburgh, the door has been opened for the first time.
During Holy Week, March 24, the feast day of Oscar Romero, in the era of Pope Francis and his Year of Mercy, a conversation — turbulent at first — began.

Outside the Vatican Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Holy Thursday, March 24th the three of us — two women priests – Jane Via and Janice Sevre-Duszynska, and one excommunicated male priest –Roy Bourgeois — washed the feet of supporters on the sidewalk in front of the embassy as cars and buses passed on the busy road.

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3 Comments

  1. William Ferrari
    Posted April 24, 2016 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Women priests are not a priority any more than gay marriage recognition is. Count me out if this organization is supporting either. What is important is the more influential role of the laity. I hope this organization is not going the way of the LGBT movement. This should be made clear or many will disengage from this organization.

    • rrice
      Posted April 26, 2016 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

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  2. Barbara Beimesch
    Posted April 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    A wonderful witness by all 3 priests.

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