Women Priests in the Roman Catholic Church
This article on the Roman Catholic priestly Ordination of Rita Lucey is from The Orlando Sentinel, May 15,2015. We personally know Rev. Rita Lucey and admire her as a woman of tremendous faith and spiritual presence. She also has unselfishly given her life to peace activism as well as church ministry. She is married and a devoted mother and grandmother as well. There are 208 or more Roman Catholic women who are ordained priests throughout the world. What a wonderful dimension and perspective this feminine presence is bringing to the church,also bringing in many who had become disillusioned with the church. In the picture on the right above Rita Lucey is on the left. The other priests are Maureen McGill and Marina Teresa Sanchez Mejia of Colombia.
Rev. Dr. Judy Lee, RCWP
FROM THE ORLANDO SENTINEL
“In 2002, on the shore of the Danube River, seven Catholic women broke tradition and sent tremors to the very foundation of the Church. That day, the Danube 7 were ordained as priests — an office not recognized as valid for women parishioners in the Catholic Church.
In doing so, the septet started a movement that adherents say contests for nothing less than spiritual equality in forging a more inclusive church that reflects a 21st-century sensibility.
It’s a fight not without supporters. Two years ago, a Quinnipiac University poll found that at least 60 percent of U.S. Catholics backed female ordination. It’s a controversial movement that touched down in Central Florida in January. At Christ Unity Church in Orlando, the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests ordained octogenarian Rita Lucey a priest.
Supporters of ordaining women, including one of today’s columnists, contend that excluding women from the Roman Catholic priesthood not only is rooted in antiquated sexism, but also comes lacking any convincing biblical justification.
Meanwhile, advocates say the status quo is reliant on faith, not fashion. The whims of changing eras have no bearing on God’s immutable word. And God, as today’s other columnist argues, clearly chose men to deliver his message and minister to his flock.
Pink smoke may never rise from the Vatican. Nevertheless, women like Lucey continue to serve — fiat or no.
By the numbers: 208 Roman Catholic Women Priests”