From the fake Catholic newspaper (NCR) comes the following profiles of fake Catholic fake priests (the so-called “Roman Catholic Womenpriests”.)

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Profiles of five women priests


— Pamela Schaeffer

BRIDGET MARY MEEHAN
Raised in rural Ireland in a Catholic family with a deep devotion to Mary, Bridget Mary Meehan entered religious life as a young woman. A former member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters, she is now a member of the Sisters for Christian Community, a non-canonical order. She and her father, with whom she shares a home, divide their time between Falls Church, Va., and Sarasota, Fla. Meehan leads a house church in each place.

On her way to ordination, she earned a master’s degree from The Catholic University of America, a doctor of ministry degree from Virginia Episcopal Seminary and spent 15 years in pastoral ministry. An author and producer, she has 16 books in print, including The Feminine Face of God, and is host of “GodTalk,” a cable access television program. She is dean of the doctorate in ministry program for Global Ministries University, an online theological program that she helped establish.

Meehan began thinking of serving as an ordained priest while working as a pastoral associate at Fort Myer Chapel in Arlington, Va., a community of military chaplains. She would sometimes preside over Communion services, and worked with a ministry team preparing couples for marriage, but felt she could do much more as a priest. She was ordained in 2006 and is spokeswoman for Roman Catholic Womenpriests in the United States.

Asked about the organization’s stance on abortion and other controversial Catholic issues, Meehan said the movement had not adopted positions on moral issues, but emphasizes the primacy of personal conscience in moral decision-making and the need for women’s voices and experience to be part of any conversation about sexual morality and ethics. “Women have been excluded from the conversation in these areas,” she said.

[FIB Note: Meehan is one of the scariest banalities on youtube.  Look her up if you don’t believe me. -wac]


— John Houk

JOAN HOUK
Joan Houk, mother of six, was teaching parish religion to children in the 1970s and decided she needed to upgrade her knowledge and skills. So Houk enrolled in a community college, and starting with one class at a time, earned a four-year college degree in 1996 and went on to earn two master’s degrees — one is in conflict management from George Mason University, the other in divinity from the University of Notre Dame. Along the way she worked as director of religious education for a parish. She had followed her husband, John, a civil engineer, to both coasts, then he followed her to South Bend, Ind., so she could attend Notre Dame. From there, the couple went to Kentucky where Joan served as pastoral director for two parishes that lacked a resident priest.

They returned to Pittsburgh, Joan Houk’s home, when her mother became ill.

Houk — with her husband as a major backer — became involved in Roman Catholic Womenpriests after hearing Patricia Fresen speak. Since her ordination in 2006, she celebrates home Masses and meets a variety of other pastoral needs. The Houks still belong to a parish but no longer receive Communion there or work in parish ministry. They volunteer at parish fundraisers and social events.

Still, Houk said, she considers herself a faithful Catholic. “This is one point I am very strong on. I will not allow people to tell me I am out of the church. Some say I am out because I don’t follow one teaching” — that women can’t be priests. “If you took that reasoning down the line, a lot of very conservative people would be out of the church.”


— Pamela Schaeffer

JUDITH McKLOSKEY
For Judith McKoskey, the day of her ordination by Roman Catholic Womenpriests ­– Aug. 12, 2007 — is her “public ordination.” A private experience of ordination came first.

“I was working as the national office administrator for the National Association for Lay Ministry, and for Christmas I received a blood red eucharistic chalice and plate from my boss. My family and I joked about it, but it sent electricity through me.” After Christmas, she took the items to her spiritual director — a religious order priest — who had a surprising response. “He told me how joyful he was to proclaim my priesthood,” she said. “Since that day, Jan. 9, 1994, I have been living as a priest, consciously, every day.”

McKloskey, 61 and married, wanted to be a priest as a young girl, but eventually “gave up the dream.” She earned a biology degree from the University of Dayton, a master’s in library science from Case Western Reserve University and worked as a librarian, becoming the first director of a multicounty library cooperative in Minnesota. After her daughter was born in 1982, she began volunteering in her parish. She now prays with several small faith communities and celebrates the sacraments when asked.

“I am not trying to set up a confrontation with the hierarchy,” she said. “I am trying to hold a question up: Can God be calling women to be priests as well as men? At my age, there is no time to waste. I believe that only in the numbers will it become apparent if this is the work of the Holy Spirit.”


— Fritz Schaeffer

JEAN MARCHANT
As a little girl, Jean Marchant loved to play priest and hoped to be one when she grew up. By the time she was in third grade, she realized her mistake. “I put my sense of call in my back pocket and went on with life,” she said.

She married at 20, earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, was inspired by the ordinations of Episcopal women, and earned two master’s of divinity degrees, one at Weston School of Theology in 1987. Drawn to spiritual care, she worked as a hospice chaplain for 17 years, and as director of mission at Caritas County Hospital for five years. Along the way, she raised two daughters, was divorced and married a former Catholic priest.

A new job as director of health care ministry for the Boston archdiocese, coordinating chaplain visits to 70 hospitals, gave her an up-close look at the top-down handling of sex abuse scandals under Cardinal Bernard Law, and parish closings under Cardinal Sean O’Malley. She began to think she was misusing her gifts by supporting what she found to be “a very dysfunctional system.” Still, she stayed. “I’d always said I wanted to work within the church and push the boundaries.” Then came the final straw: “The archdiocese launched a vicious campaign against the rights of gays to marry. I had a lot of connections with the gay community and saw sacredness in those relationships,” she said.

Marchant was ordained under a pseudonym in 2005, then “came out” as a woman priest in 2006 and resigned her archdiocesan post. She and her husband co-pastor a small faith community and she continues to work part-time as an interfaith hospice chaplain.


— Pamela Schaeffer

KATHY REDIG
Kathy Redig joined the Sisters of the Good Shepherd as a young woman, but left before professing vows. She became involved in parish work, earned a master’s in pastoral ministry and became certified as a chaplain through the Clinical Pastoral Education program.

Working as chaplain was frustrating at times, she said, because she would develop close relationships with people, hear their life stories — often including things they had never told anyone else — and then, when people were close to death and wanted to be anointed, she was unable at times to find a priest to perform the sacrament. She worked in a religiously diverse hospital in LaCrosse, Wis.

A turning point, she said, was when a friend and mentor, an ordained Baptist minister, greeted her as “pastor,” though he knew she was a Catholic and could not be ordained. “I felt he was saying, ‘Kathy, you don’t need to get permission from your bishop to do what God is calling you to do.’ ”

A second incident moved her to act. One day she said to her husband, after a frustrating experience at a local parish, “You know, the only way we’re going to find a church we like is to start one of our own.” He looked at her seriously and said, “You’re right,” she recalled.

She decided to ask for ordination through Roman Catholic Womenpriests and was ordained a deacon Aug. 12. She expects to become a priest next spring in a ceremony in her hometown of Winona, Minn.

Meanwhile, Redig and her husband are holding conversations with about 14 people, laying the groundwork for a future church community.

[FIB Note:  The ultimate argument that can be made against the validity of these ordinations is that the teaching authority of the Church, founded by God Himself, declares their invalidity.  But the womenpriests reject authority in the priesthood.  Just like the Devil rejects the authority of the Godhead.  I pray they don’t burn in Hell.-wac]

WAC

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