Monday, January 12, 2015

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests Responds to the Letter of Excommunication to Georgia Walker ARCWP from Bishop Robert W. Finn


left to right Colleen Simon, Susie Roling, Georgia Walker,
Bridget Mary Meehan, Henry Stoever
Prayed the Eucharistic Prayer at Ordination Liturgy on Jan. 3, 2015
in Kansas City

In the letter below, Bishop Finn stated that
 "As Bishop of Kansas City-Saint Joseph,
 I hereby declare that Georgia K. Walker has incurred the 
censure of excommunication latae sententiae reserved to the 
Apostolic See, and is subject to the restrictions and 
impediments indicated in canon  1331. "

Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan's Response from ARCWP:
The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests are faithful 
members of the baptized who serve our beloved church
 in a renewed priestly ministry
that welcomes all to celebrate the sacraments in 
Spirit-empowered communities 
wherever we are called.  
We are leading the Church, not leaving it, 
in living Gospel equality now. 
Our vision is to act as a community of equals
 in decision-making 
both as an organization and 
within our faith communities. 
The ordinations of Roman Catholic Women Priests are valid
 because of our apostolic succession within the 
Roman Catholic Church. 
The principal consecrating Roman Catholic male bishop 
who ordained our first women bishops is a 
bishop with apostolic succession 
within the Roman Catholic Church 
in communion with the pope. 
Therefore, our bishops validly 
ordain deacons, priests and bishops. 
all qualified candidates, including baptized ministers 
and priests 
from other Christian traditions, who are presented 
to our bishops 
for ordination are ordained by the 
laying on of hands into
 apostolic succession 
in the Roman Catholic Church. 
Bridget Mary Meehan, bishop serving 
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests



In accord with canon 1024 of the Code of Canon Law, Article 5 of the 
Norms of the motu proprio "Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela,"
with due regard for canon 1378; and whereas Georgia K. Walker 
was advised of the seriousness of her contemplated  course of action 
 to attempt to receive sacred ordination; and whereas in fact 
Georgia K. Walker attempted to receive sacred ordination
in a ceremony at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church in 
Kansas City, Missouri, on January 3, 2015;

As Bishop of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, I hereby declare that 
Georgia K. Walker has incurred the censure of excommunication
latae sententiae reserved to the Apostolic See, and is subject to the 
restrictions and impediments indicated in canon   1331.

The remission  of this penalty is reserved to the Apostolic See in 
accord with canon   1354,§3 and may be sought 
from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 
if the conditions for remission of a censure have been met according 
to canon  1358, §1 of the Code of Canon  Law.

The offices of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph remain ready to 
assist Georgia K. Walker if or when she seeks such process in good  faith.

Given at the Chancery of the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, 
January 7, 2015.

Most Reverend Robert W. Finn
Bishop of Kansas City-Saint  Joseph

Chancellor/Ecclesiastical Notary

Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph
20 W 9th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64105 816-756- 1850 Bishop's Fax: 816-756-2 105

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