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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Aug 21, 2006

Eileen McCafferty DiFranco, the would-be priestess from Philadelphia, pretended to celebrate Mass again this weekend. There were just 35 people in the Sunday congregation, while real Catholic parishes nearby drew thousands. But where do you suppose the TV cameras were? Right.

One enthusiastic participant in the ceremony, speaking to Philadelphia's Channel 6 afterward, had a revealing way of expressing her support:

If Jesus were here on earth today, he probably would have been in the front pew, applauding her.

Notice that she puts Jesus in the congregation, not on the altar. But then at the same time she recognizes implicitly that Jesus was not on the altar. She speculates on what might have happened if He had appeared on earth that Sunday morning. At a real Catholic Mass, He does.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 26, 2006 4:34 PM ET USA

    Let's be fair and consistent! If "Eileen McCafferty DiFranco is the would-be priestess from Philadelphia [who] pretends to celebrate Mass...," then Rowan Williams of Canterbury is "the would-be archbishop who pretends to celebrate Mass and ordain would-be bishops and would-be priests." "What’s good for the 'gander' is good for the 'goose'” (inversion intented).

  • Posted by: sparch - Aug. 25, 2006 1:45 PM ET USA

    I laughed out loud at your correct extension of the participents logic. There is nothing more to be said, that participant said it all. Thanks for the best laugh I have had for a while.

  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Aug. 24, 2006 7:14 PM ET USA

    My suspicion is that Jesus would soon leave the congregation and walk up to the so-called "altar", fashioning a whip on His way up and do what He did with the money changers in the temple.

  • Posted by: pakx - Aug. 22, 2006 1:56 AM ET USA

    BRILLIANT! ...and, of course, there's always the point that Jesus came to heal the sick.

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Aug. 21, 2006 8:49 PM ET USA

    Pseudo..... I'm sure you meant to type "Cardinal McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington." His Eminence is still very much a Cardinal.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Aug. 21, 2006 5:47 PM ET USA

    I am sure former Cardinal McCarrick has some 50 yard line thoughts that he can share with us.

  • Posted by: Laity1 - Aug. 21, 2006 4:05 PM ET USA

    Coemgen: Bishop Harry is too busy reprimanding Fr. Robert Altier.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 21, 2006 3:35 PM ET USA

    Participating in a phony ordination; falsely presenting oneself as an ordained minister; simulating a sacrament; public rejection of Church teaching; public disobedience; scandalizing and leading the faithful astray... surely the ordinary has the authority to issue a formal decree of excommunication. Right?

  • Posted by: RC - Aug. 21, 2006 2:14 PM ET USA

    I don't think local ordinaries any longer have the power to excommunicate someone for simulating Mass: the 2001 decree Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela reserved that offense to CDF.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Aug. 21, 2006 12:49 PM ET USA

    Jesus would be far too busy, in persona Christi, in the confessional. He only claps when you are in heaven. Before that, there is still much work to be done and the labourers are few.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 21, 2006 12:30 PM ET USA

    There are about 1.4 million Catholics in Philadelphia. 35 of them 'voted' for for the priestess on Sunday. You will never see that poll on on the cover of USA Today.

  • Posted by: Coemgen - Aug. 21, 2006 12:19 PM ET USA

    Laity1: Thankfully I know better than to trust any of the politically correct heirarchs of the USA to do the right thing. The bishops could have nipped this one in the bud by dealing with her husband, Reverend Mr. Charles Nicolosi, back when he began his protestations and failed in his vows of obedience to his ordinary.

  • Posted by: Laity1 - Aug. 21, 2006 11:29 AM ET USA

    Coemgen: don't hold your breath.

  • Posted by: Coemgen - Aug. 21, 2006 9:36 AM ET USA

    Take a look at the profiles of the "womenpriests" and you will find they tend to towards the avant-garde. While not knowing their true inner dispositions, I cannot help but notice that this reeks of "performance art," not humble worship. Our own local artist here in St. Paul & Mpls, Regina Nicolosi will be performing at Normandale Community College (schedule given in various newspapers). That would be a good venue for Archb. Flynn to provide her a formal decree of exocommunication.

  • Posted by: 123456 - Aug. 21, 2006 9:08 AM ET USA

    Very good point, Uncle Di. Very, very good point.

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