"On Saturday, Diane Dougherty will defy centuries-old Roman Catholic tradition when she is ordained a priest in a ceremony that her church will neither recognize nor accept. Nevertheless, the first invitation she sent was to Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. She doesn’t expect him to attend. Dougherty is part of a controversial movement to ordain women as priests and deacons. The women are doing so despite the fact the church has said they will be automatically excommunicated, which means they will not be able to participate in any church sacraments...."
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Diane Dougherty (right) worships at the First Metropolitan Community Church of Atlanta Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.
“He won’t [attend] because of the pope andthis is a hierarchical institution,” said the 67-year-old former teacher and nun, who will be ordained by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. “I don’t know if he wants to attend, but he is a black man. He understands social justice. He’s a very sensitive and loving individual. I just can’t imagine he doesn’t have empathy, although he has written that he does not.” "In a statement, the archbishop stood firm, saying the church has no authority to ordain women as priests “since among His twelve Apostles, Jesus Christ did not include any women in spite of His open association and friendship with women throughout His ministry.” ... "Still, Dougherty plans to go ahead with the ordination at First Metropolitan Community Church in Atlanta. Another Georgian, Barbara Anne Duff of Macon, will be ordained a deacon...." "The women claim valid orders because an unnamed bishop with apostolic succession ordained the first female bishops, said Bridget Mary Meehan, a bishop of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests who will perform the ordination Saturday." "Dougherty, who is not registered in a parish, will initially preach in her Newnan home. So far, about 150 women globally have been declared priests or deacons, although the Vatican doesn’t recognize them.Priesthood means as a disciple, I stand with all people in the name of Christ, sharing the love of God,” Dougherty said. “And this is why this hurts. They say we can do ministry but can’t stand at the altar.” "The role of women is a big issue in the church, said Eugene Bianchi, a professor emeritus of religion at Emory University." “It’s a big shakeup in some ways,” he said. “There’s an element of power involved. The Catholic Church has been male, and all of a sudden you’re asking them to let women into the decision-making area of the church. They’re going to be resistant.” "Times, however, are changing," he said. "As early as 2005, the year John Paul II died, a Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll showed a majority of U.S. Catholics, 55 percent, felt the next pope should allow women to be priests. Forty-four percent opposed the ordination of women..." www.arcwp.org Bridget Mary's Reflection In response to Archbishop Gregory of Atlanta's statement against women's ordination in the Catholic Church: Jesus did not ordain anyone at the Last Supper. The Twelve represented the twelve tribes of Israel. Jesus chose Mary of Magdala to be the apostle to the apostles. The Risen Christ appeared first to Mary, not Peter and called her to preach the first homily.she proclaimed the Good News of the Resurrection, the central doctrine of Christianity, to the disciples. There were more than 12 apostles. According to the New Testament, Paul, Andronicus and Junia, a woman, were apostles. See Romans 16:7. For 1200 years the church ordained thousands of women. The Vatican cannot continue to discriminate against women and blame God for it. What a cop out to say they have no authority! Bridget Mary Meehan, arcwp, www.arcwp.org