Making a stand for women priests Archdiocesan official quits, saying she was ordained
A department head at the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has resigned her post after revealing that she had secretly participated in a ceremony last year in which she says she was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.
Jean Marie Marchant, who for the last four years has been director of healthcare ministry for the archdiocese, offered her resignation to Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley in a letter last week in which she said that a year ago, using a pseudonym, she had been among nine women who had participated in an ordination ceremony on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada. That group, whose ordination ceremony is considered invalid by the church hierarchy, also included another woman from Massachusetts, Marie David, a Harwich innkeeper who now leads a weekly liturgy on Cape Cod...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Isn't it interesting how liberal Catholics sometimes go out of their way to stealthily cheat and defy Church authority. Basically, this comes from the 1960s mentality of unlawful protest and civil disobedience. They saw how effective this method of defiance was on civil governments around the world, and so now they're trying it on the Church -- specifically the Catholic Church. But in doing this, Liberal Catholics demonstrate (by their actions) that they're no longer Catholic at all, as they've completely denied what it means to be Catholic.
What's the difference between Catholic and Protestant? When you compare the Protestant Episcopal Church with the Roman Catholic Church, that difference is a little hard to see. Episcopalian traditions and customs are very similar to the Catholic Church, even to the point where most non-Catholics can't tell the difference. So if a Protestant church can take on the ambiance of a Catholic Church, what exactly does it mean to be Catholic?
It's all about AUTHORITY! Being Catholic is defined by authority, specifically the recognition of authority of the pope and bishops as the guardians and interpreters of Catholic Scripture and Tradition. In other words, being Catholic means submitting yourself to the authority of the Church. Granted, there are many other facets to being Catholic, but like I pointed out above, virtually all of these things can (and are) imitated in some Protestant churches. After all is said and done, the final distinction of being Catholic is submitting yourself to the authority of the Church's pope and bishops in union with the pope. So when liberals openly defy, or stealthily disobey, Church authority on this matter or that, they have in effect repudiated their own Catholic faith. In effect, by their actions, they cease to be Catholic, and adopt a more "Protestant" type of faith system.