Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church

April 29, 2013

(Ordaining Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan (C) presents Rosemarie Smead (R), a 70-year-old Kentucky woman, to the audience after she was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest during a Celebration of Ordination at St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ in Louisville, Kentucky April 27, 2013. Smead was ordained as part of a dissident group operating outside official Roman Catholic Church authority. REUTERS/John Sommers)

In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.

Rosemarie Smead is one of about 150 women around the world who have decided not to wait for the Roman Catholic Church to lift its ban on women priests, but to be ordained and start their own congregations.

In an interview before the ceremony, Smead said she is not worried about being excommunicated from the Church – the fate of other women ordained outside of Vatican law.

“It has no sting for me,” said Smead, a petite, gray-haired former Carmelite nun with a ready hug for strangers. “It is a Medieval bullying stick the bishops used to keep control over people and to keep the voices of women silent. I am way beyond letting octogenarian men tell us how to live our lives.”

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well..if you re-write the scriptures, you can do pretty much anything you want to do. i.e. change qualifications for church offices (since when can a woman “be the husband of one wife”..according to qualifications for THAT office??….and if you can overlook T:HAT qualification, why not ignore the others as well? Like allowing the immoral, or adulterers, or liars,or dishonest, or drunkards, or any of the other qualifications for the office. Why stop at allowing women?

Posted by joemf | Report as abusive

These women may be a lot of things, but they are no longer part of the Roman Catholic church.

Posted by Dystopian | Report as abusive

Don’t you think it is time to stop this play on words?? There is no such thing as a women priest! A man only can be a priest. ‘Women are called priestesses’ I also have to add… Jesus’s bride is the Church, so wouldn’t a Woman priestess marrying Jesus’s Bride be consider an immoral act of homosexuality?

Posted by UncleKenC | Report as abusive