There are Clergy Women of God who share in the celebration and love of the Holy Eucharist; including the mystical traditions of Catholicism, who were not ordained in the roman ecclesia.
The number one question I get is “How can this be possible?”
Doors closed and doors were opened by the male clergy who were ordained in the Roman Catholic Church that left the unit, and are now part of small independent or contemporary Catholic communities.
There are also members of the Episcopal tradition that joined the ranks, as well and other Christian denominations.
There are those beings in the Body of Christ who cling to power and control. They are not able accept the reality that “Women Priests” can and will bring about a great healing to the church as whole, as well as fill a need in a local parish.
We have to thank those who embraced the vision and began the process of opening the doors to ordain women.
We know from scripture Jesus treated women as equals, and not as second class citizens. “Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.”
Jesus’ mother, Mary was with him for his entire ministry, and continued to minister to others after her son’s death.
It was the women who walked with Jesus to Calvary and stood with him at the cross loving Jesus, never leaving his side.
On the third day after his death Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene with a promised message.
A fine cloth merchant named Lydia assisted Paul in his ministry.
Phillips’ daughters preached in the Book of Acts.
Many women, laity and religious, have been serving behind the scenes, in local parishes for years.
Married and single mothers raising their own families and working with others who are often viewed by the church as marginally unfit, spreading the Spirit of Christ all along the way.
This same giving and loving Spirit is alive among those brave women who have stepped out in courage, accepting the mantle of ordination as “Women Priests” as Jesus eloquently stated for all to “finish the work he sent us to do.”
We are the midst of great changes, spiritually, on our planet, and the church as a whole is swept up in these changes.
There is a growing need for healthy women to serve in the priestly role, filling in a vacuum left behind by those who are unfit to minister to the needs of God’s children.
Women’s ordination is bearing good fruit and will continue to move forward. There are many fine women serving as priests in small faith-based communities/parishes, counseling centers, outreach ministry, nursing homes and so can you.
I have come to understand it is not what makes us different, but what makes us the same.
As women, we love Jesus and have been called to into his service.
Glancing in the rear view mirror and moving forward, all Catholics and all Christians are our sisters and brothers in Christ, whether we walk the same hierarchical road or take a different path.