ARCWP Calls Pope Francis to Lift All Excommunications in Honor of Holy Year of Mercy
|Janice Sevre-Duszynska, ARCWP, at the Vatican for Pope Francis' Election|
Kentucky diocese excommunicates female priest from Milwaukee
A Milwaukee native, ordained in 2008 through
"The diocese issued the decree of excommunication against the Rev. Janice Sevre-Duszynska of Lexington on March 31, saying she failed to amend or repent her offense after two earlier warnings. Excommunication bars a Catholic from taking part in the church's sacraments.
Efforts to reach the diocese were not successful on Tuesday.
Sevre-Duszynska said the diocese's action is inconsistent with Pope Francis call in March for a holy year of mercy.( On March 13, 2015, Pope Francis called for a holy year of mercy to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy."No one can be excluded from God's mercy," the pope said)
"The ARCWP is calling for Pope Francis to lift all excommunications in the spirit of the holy year for a more compassionate church, and to honor the primacy of conscience for all those who have been condemned and denied sacraments," she said.
Women Priests argue that they are legitimately ordained because a European bishop in good standing within the church ordained their first bishop. The organization has not identified him for fear that he could be sanctioned.
Sevre-Duszynska, 65, grew up in Milwaukee, attending Saints Cyril and Methodius Church and School on the south side. She graduated from Pulaski High School and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
She still has family and friends in southeastern Wisconsin. Among them was the late Rev. William Brennan, the then-92-year-old Jesuit and peace activist who was sanctioned in 2012 for celebrating Mass with her.Brennan died last year."