Roman Catholic bishop warns priests not to attend woman's ordination

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2001

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Bishop Matthew Clark has warned priests in his diocese not to attend the upcoming priestly ordination of an excommunicated woman by a breakaway parish.

Clark called the Nov. 17 ceremony for Mary Ramerman of Spiritus Christi Church a ''public and formally schismatic act,'' the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.

The Vatican forbids female priests. Any diocesan priest who attends the event, Clark wrote, may be penalized under canon law.

Spiritus Christi members left Corpus Christi parish in 1998 over issues such as women's role and same-sex marriage.

Ramerman is scheduled to be ordained by California's Bishop Peter E. Hickman, who was consecrated in 1996 through the Ecumenical Communion of Catholic and Apostolic Churches, a loose group of bishops who are independent of the papacy.

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