Newsflash: Phoenix-Area Woman Not Ordained
In a small, ecumenical ceremony over the weekend, a local woman became a minister of a religious sect most people haven’t heard of. Why, you might ask, did AZcentral.com think this was worth writing about?
From the article:
Elaine Groppenbacher received holy orders from Bishop Peter Hickman of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, one of several liberal Catholic offshoots in the Valley. The ceremony took place at Guardian Angels Catholic Community, which meets in Tempe.
Groppenbacher is the fourth woman to be ordained as a Catholic priest in the Valley.Right. A woman participates in a protestant ordination rite of some sort, and because she says she’s a Catholic priest, the paper has a duty to report it.
If Hanson and Atticus were to crown me emperor of Austria, would that get picked up as well? No? What if I said I was the EMPRESS of Austria?
The azcentral.com headline link said:
CATHOLIC CHURCH ORDAINS WOMAN AS PRIESTThose of you who appreciate the nuance a little punctuation can bring to the language might think this was the more appropriate headline:
“CATHOLIC” “CHURCH” “ORDAINS” WOMAN AS “PRIEST”(In other news, Doogie Howser and his male lover are “expecting” “their” first child.)
Now you may have heard advocates of women’s ordination talk about how theirs is not a desire for power and prestige, the very things they despise about the all-male Catholic hierarchy. You have perhaps heard them speak of their desire to serve a Church in dire need with their own special brand of Mary-like selflessness. Don’t believe a word of it:
"People who know me say it is about time…God's love is actively engaged with humanity," Groppenbacher said. "My ordination is a public acknowledgement that this is first and foremost for me."(A hat-tip to Atticus for informing me of the preceding.)