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

The three were ordained by a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests, but the Catholic hierarchy says the ordinations are not valid.

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.

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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.