Female priests risk excommunication t...

Female priests risk excommunication to do what they believe is right

There are 61 comments on the St. Cloud Times story from Jun 16, 2013, titled Female priests risk excommunication to do what they believe is right. In it, St. Cloud Times reports that:

They risk being excommunicated by the Catholic Church but vow they won't be stopped.

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#61 Jun 25, 2013
RevKen wrote:
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That might be how you see things, Dan, as you carefully follow within the bounds of Roman Catholic doctrine.
The calling to ministry and priesthood, on the other hand, comes from within the Spirit. It comes to the person called or chosen wherever they find themselves. For Peter, he was fishing. For Matthew, it was while sitting in a tax booth when Jesus walked by and said, "Follow me." For Mary, the sister of Martha, it was when Jesus came to their home and, over Martha's protests, confirmed Mary's proper acceptance. For Saul, it came as he travelled on the road to Damascus.
Jesus was - is - a priest. We ordain to the priesthood, today, because He ordained to the priesthood then, as had the lines of the Orders and Mystery Schools long past had done and still continue to do.
But, the calling or the choosing comes to the individual in the Spirit. The gift of that connection is not exclusive by nature. It is inclusive; an invitation and a confirmation. It is not reserved only for those of some peculiar line of doctrinal studies or "denomination."
It comes through the Spirit and addresses the individual wherever they may find themselves at the time. For that individual, such a calling imparts a significant drive and charges them to begin a journey from that place of beginning.
I do not doubt that these women are called or chosen to serve as priests. If their calling is to begin to work from within the RCC, I cannot second guess simply on the basis of a temporal tradition.
Validity comes from the Spirit.
Rev. Ken

These women chose their framework, did they not? I'm not applying my own "lenses" to this matter. They have claimed Catholic ordination. I didn't "impose" that. I'm simply operating within their chosen framework.

Despite your ministrations here, Sykora and the rest obviously believe that validity DOES come from some "temporal tradition", as they sought and received "ordination" from a "bishop". They didn't simply declare themselves priests.

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