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Iowa bishop warns against woman’s ‘ordination’

May 31, 2010

An Iowa bishop has reminded Catholics in his diocese that “those who attempt to confer Holy Orders on women are excommunicated, as are the women who attempt to receive Holy Orders. This includes the attempted ‘ordination’ for a deacon, priest or bishop.’” Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport issued his statement because Mary Kay Kusner– whom the Iowa City Press-Citizen describes as a “devout Catholic”– is scheduled to “to become the first female Catholic Woman priest in Iowa” on June 13.


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - May. 31, 2010 7:39 PM ET USA

    I have always understood reserving the priesthood and bishop status for men. I am not as clear when I look at their duties and history as to why Deacons are restricted to being men. Can anyone help with this?