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American woman deacon renounces ordination

A California woman who was “ordained” to the diaconate has renounced her ordination and relinquished all connections to Roman Catholic Women Priests.

  • United States
  • February 25, 2011
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A California woman who was “ordained” to the diaconate has renounced her ordination and relinquished all connections to Roman Catholic Women Priests.

Dr. Norma Jean Coon was “ordained” by Bishop Patricia Fresen of the group Roman Catholic Women Priests on July 22, 2007, LifesiteNews reports.

In a February 11 statement on her website, Dr. Coon calls the ceremony “illegitimate” and expresses regret for the scandal caused.

“I confess to the truth of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis,” she writes, referring to the document affirming the infallibility of the Church’s teaching on the male priesthood. “I confess the authority of the Holy Father on these issues of ordination and recognize that Christ founded the ordination only for men.”

Dr. Coon says she only acted as a “deacon” on two occasions, once reading the Gospel and then distributing communion, and withdrew from the program within two weeks of the ceremony.

“Formally, I relinquish all connection to the program of Roman Catholic Women Priests and I disclaim the alleged ordination publicly with apologies to those whose lives I have offended or scandalized by my actions,” she writes. “I ask God’s blessings upon each of these folks and their families.”

SOURCE

Catholic woman renounces affiliation with feminist women’s ordination movement (Lifesite News)

Document of Renunciation of Ordination to Diaconate

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