Credo: Bridget Mary Meehan
By: Leah Fabel
Examiner Staff Writer
September 24, 2010
Bridget Mary Meehan entered a convent as an 18-year-old woman, inspired by a Roman Catholic faith born during her childhood in the Irish countryside. But as her faith matured, Meehan felt increasingly called to the priesthood, despite church laws forbidding women's ordination. In 2006, she rejected Catholic law and was ordained as a priest. She is one of about 80 women worldwide who claim Catholic priesthood and lead church communities, saying that apostolic succession has been transmitted by a bishop who remains anonymous. Meehan, 61, spoke with The Washington Examiner about the beliefs that drive her to disobey the Vatican, even as she holds fast to Catholicism.
Do you consider yourself to be of a specific faith?
I'm a Roman Catholic. I appreciate the faith for the prayer life that it has opened up to me, and to people throughout the centuries. And I value its teachings of justice, peace and equality through the application of what Jesus taught: Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself; love your neighbor as yourself; what you do to the least of my people, you do to me.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Bridget-Mary-Meehan-984250-103728309.html#ixzz10bMj7mCD