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Three women ordained as Catholic priests in St. Cloud risk excommunication

Three women were ordained as Catholic priests in a Mass in St. Cloud Sunday, although the church hierarchy says the ordinations are invalid.

Bernadyne “Bernie” Sykora of St. Cloud was one of the women to be ordained in the ceremony by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests of the Midwest Region, according to the St. Cloud Times.

The rite was conducted at the Mary Magdalene, First Apostle parish, by Bishop Regina Nicolosi.

The women risk excommunication from the church, the paper said.

Mary Frances Smith, who was ordained a Roman Catholic Womanpriest in 2009, said: “The women in the RCWP have decided that it’s time to roll up our sleeves and simply move forward.”

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the St. Cloud Diocese both said that the women will have no relationship because the ordinations are not valid.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Brian Gandt on 06/24/2013 - 03:19 pm.


    Seriously, what are the powers that be in the Catholic Church thinking about these days? A boatload of problems in the world, and they are worried about women priests…really?!

    I’m a recent resident of Phoenix, but I came here from Madison, WI. A wonderful city, although Bishop Morlino acts as if the city were in the middle of red America.

    Is it about helping people, or is it about some weird ideology and cult of power? As one who was raised Catholic, I do not understand the Catholic church at all.

    I’m open to explanations!

  2. Submitted by Ray Marshall on 06/24/2013 - 05:53 pm.

    What if I told you that I was the Mayor of Minneapolis?

    How believable would that be? How believable is the ordination of men or women by someone who doesn’t have the authority to ordain priests in the Roman Catholic Church

    The following seven individuals claim that their are Popes. How believable are they?

    “The following organised their elections by allegedly faithful Catholics, none of whom was a recognized cardinal. The smallest such conclavewas attended by only three electors; the largest is claimed to have comprised at least 62 electors. Examples are:

    Mirko Fabris (Pope Krav I), (since 1978), elected in Zagreb, Croatia
    David Bawden (Pope Michael I), (since 1990) elected in Kansas, United States of America
    Lucian Pulvermacher (Pope Pius XIII) (1998–2009), elected in Montana, United States of America (see True Catholic Church)
    Raphael Titus Otieno (since 2004), third of the Legio Maria popes (since 1962) of western Kenya
    Joaquín Llorens (Pope Alexander IX), (since 2005), elected in Elx, Spain (see [1])
    Oscar Michaelli (of Argentina), elected on 24 March 2006 by a group of 34 episcopi vagantes as Pope Leo XIV. On his death on 14 February 2007, he was succeeded by Juan Bautista Bonetti, who took the name of Pope Innocent XIV, but resigned on 29 May 2007. Alexander IX was chosen in his place. (see [2])
    William Timlin (Pope Adrian VII), since 2005 when Pope Benedict XVI renounced his titles as Patriarch of the West and Pontifex Maximus.”

  3. Submitted by George Sipe on 06/25/2013 - 07:51 am.

    the article is full of errors and very misleading

    A male only priesthood was established by our Lord and the Church does not have the authority to change it. These women are free to reject that and separate themselves from the Church as they have done. Contrary to the article, they do not “risk excommunication” as it is automatic by these actions. Excommunication BTW, is not punishment but remedial and aimed at turning the person back to God.

    Other errors in the article: the women were not ordained in any sense, they are at most pretend priests, no “rite was conducted”, the person identified as Bishop Regina Nicolosi is not a Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church, the person identified as Mary Frances Smith was never ordained in the Roman Catholic Church.

    This is sad and very, very misguided.

  4. Submitted by Stephen Dent on 06/25/2013 - 03:05 pm.

    It’s the Catholic Church that errors…

    To say “Our Lord” and “the church” said only men can be priest is hogwash. Tradition, as recorded by men and handed down through the generations by men, said only “men” can be priests. We will never know the truth because formal documentation did not exist until more than 300 hundred years after the death of Jesus of Nazareth – if he existed at all. The Catholic Church is a male dominated hierarchy and has been throughout its history. Those who write history write their version of history. And since they intended to keep power…and treasury…guess who could only be a priest, bishop or pope? Men. Perhaps someone, who thinks they can talk to long ago dead people, should try asking Mary Magdalene her version of the story. That would be most interesting.

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