Jul 31, 2006

Women's Ordination--The Penalties?

Mary Alexander of AgainstAllHeresies refers us to a Boston Globe article that a woman department head in the Boston Archdiocese was invalidly and illicitly ordained as a priestess last year in a boat ceremony on the St. Louis Seaway. The woman is (now was) director of healthcare ministry for the archdiocese and coordinated the work of chaplains at 70 hospitals in the archdiocese.

Jean Marie Marchant offered her resignation to Sean Cardinal 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. What is remarkable (or unremarkable, depending on your take) is that Cardinal O'Malley has not followed the Pope in announcing the excommunication of the woman. Like Bishop Dolan, he may be planning to make Rome take the responsibility. Do you think these Bishops want to pass the buck to Rome so Rome has to take responsibility for beating up on poor little old ladies? Cowards, the lot of them!

Diogenes also comments on the ordination. His comments and questions are so perceptive that you should read his remarks in their entirety.

The most interesting post comes from a Boston woman, Carol McKinley, who is thoroughly fed up with all the shenanigans in the Archdiocese of Boston. I can't speak highly enough of Carol who seems to be the bravest woman in Boston, and for at least four years as a blogger! Some of Carol's recent comments on Hidden Priestess Marchant (also review her many other posts on Marchant):
...a woman who has been teaching heresy for decades, appointed to the health care cabinet position by Cardinal Law and subsequently kept in that position despite numerous complaints - - a woman who is involved in a second marriage to an ex-priest (quite possibly invalid), 'ordained' by a schismatic female prelate representing herself as having the power to administer the papal indulgence at the hour of death - - who by her own admission has been "quietly" anointing people instead of calling a priest to administer viaticum...

O'Malley's spokesman, Terrence C. Donilon, said in a statement. ``We greatly appreciate Ms. Marchant's many years of service in healthcare ministry. The archdiocese greatly values the ministry of lay and religious women. Their contributions are vital to the life and mission of the church."

Am I [Carol McKinley speaking] to understand that those of us whose dying parents and relatives who have been foolishly charmed into believing that what she is doing is valid sacramentally, and died without the Last Rites of our Church (the pardon for all the sins they had committed in their lives), that you "greatly value" what she has done and you consider her contributions "vital" to the life and mission of Christ's Church?

If you are unaware of how traumatizing that statement is to people who understand the authentic faith, I certainly would be happy to give you my own personal experiences with my mother who was medflighted to Brigham & Women's hospital in a coma with a broken neck. She was "blessed" by a priest who had been removed from a parish by Cardinal Law for working with a woman in a ministry together which had feigned sacraments. I luckily had access to a priest who was willing to come and administer the official sacrament of the Church to her. As bad as I knew things were, I had no idea this was going on. When I explained my experience to the undertaker, he told me this was the norm in hospitals in Massachusetts - lay chaplains have wormed their way into positions where they can hijack the Sacrament of the sick. It's frightening that you greatly value these kinds "contributions" by feminists stampeding our faith.


M. Alexander said...

Thanks for the link though your article was much better than mine. The best I can seem to manage these days is driveby blogging. (though I have 8 good excuses ;)

I'd like to add you to my blogroll. Carol McKinley is amazing. I'm waiting for her to turn Trad. She is doing good work for sure.

Personally, having been in hospitals in Massachusetts it seems impossible to have a priest come visit you. I was beset by middleaged Eucharistic ministers who refused to leave when I politely told them (the baby was screaming) that it wasn't a good time. Instead they left pamphlets about raising your child Catholic with warnings about not reading the Bible to them- too violent and scary you know.

carol said...

Great blog and thanks for the kind words and link!

Mary, how are you?????

I've got to fix my blogroll too and add you both. I don't think I've done that for years.

I suspect I'm in the N.O. for years to come - though I'm sure many priests would also love to see me mosey on into a Latin Community.

The hospital situation is insane. God help them.