A Roman Catholic church ordained a 70-year-old woman a priest in Louisville, Kentucky.
About 150 women from all over the world have been ordained by the Roman Catholic Church even though the church bans them from becoming priests.
Rosemarie Smead is starting her own congregation and is not worried about being excommunicated.
“It is a medieval bullying stick the bishops used to keep control over people and to keep the voices of women silent,” she said. “I am way beyond letting octogenarian men tell us how to live our lives.”
Several octogenarian priests sent her a letter that said simply: “Watch your back!”
Smead, a former Carmelite nun with a bachelor’s in theology and a doctorate in counseling psychology, wept throughout the ceremony.
According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, seventy percent of U.S. Catholics believe women should be allowed to be priests.
In a statement last week, Louisville Archbishop Marlon E. Mertz called the ceremony a “joyful event.”
But, according to Roman Catholic law ordaining a priest carries very serious penal sanctions in Church law. Any anybody that participated in the ordination will, most likely, burn in hell forever.
Pope Francis heard about the ordination and… he blew his lid:
The modern woman priest movement started in Austria in 2002, when seven women were ordained by the Danube River by an independent Catholic bishop. Other women were later ordained as bishops, who went on to ordain more women priests and deacons.
“As a woman priest, Rosemarie is leading, not leaving the Catholic Church, into a new era of inclusivity,” said Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan during her sermon Saturday. “As the Irish writer James Joyce reminded us, the word ‘Catholic’ means ‘Here comes everybody!’”
During the ordination ceremony, Smead wept openly as nearly everyone in the audience came up and laid their hands on her head in blessing.