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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 16, 2006

More sacrilegious, and pathetic, Neverland Katholicism, celebrated this time aboard a cruise boat near Pittsburgh. On July 31st, says an article in the Post-Gazette,

three women in vestments will lay their hands on the heads of the 12 women and anoint their hands with oil during an ordination ceremony that will be the first of its kind in the United States. Among the participants is Joan Clark Houk, 65, of McCandless, who with seven other women are answering a call to be priests; the other four are candidates to be deacons. ...

In a three-page letter dated May 9, Mrs. Houk, a member of St. Alexis in McCandless, advised Bishop Donald Wuerl of her plans.

The bishop did not respond. Presiding at the ceremony, we're told, will be three women "who live in Germany and are bishops in Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an international group of Catholics who support women's ordination."

You have to wonder whether these gals apply the same Make Believe Theology to the sacrament of matrimony. Using the logic that battered Bishop Wuerl into silence, one of them may send off a letter to, I don't know, Brad Pitt, informing him that she intends to become his wife; that the theology of marriage is in flux; that consent of the bride (if enthusiastic enough) may supply for a defect of the same on the part of the groom; that the validity of the sacrament is not subject to patriarchal norms of liceity; that his attempts to ignore or deny the spiritual reality of their marriage is a cowardly rear-guard action of a discredited monogamism; that her birthday is May 11 and her favorite flowers are carnations.

The analogy, though suggestive, suffers from an obvious and lethal flaw: the proposal to Brad Pitt has a theoretical chance of success.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2006 1:19 PM ET USA

    You have the wrong picture for this article. You need one which more accurately projects the solemnity in a dynamic-equivalent way. Try this one: http://homepage.mac.com/bradodonnell/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-01-19%2008.43.48%20-0800/Image-0A6AEC4E6A3711D9.jpg

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Jun. 20, 2006 5:59 PM ET USA

    ok I can't help it ... it's the USS Planters because it's full of ... NUTS!

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Jun. 20, 2006 5:57 PM ET USA

    I sincerely hope someone puts their names on line. A big worry is that there are some pastors out there who would allow them to perform their unholy masses and the parishioners wouldn't even know whats going on because the unholy mass may be an early 6:30 a.m. Mass where hardly anyone attends and was changed after being an 8 a.m. Mass for years. This is a bold statement but then the parish has been cursed by a witch.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 2:22 PM ET USA

    Its the remake of the Poseidon Adventure. I hope Noah's bark isn't worse than his bite.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 12:47 PM ET USA

    Hmm - in a boat, on the water? I didn't think a witch could cross water.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 8:06 AM ET USA

    Since the Holy Spirit is most definitely not flowing through these Diet Dr. Pepper ordinations, I am forced to conclude that there are four Vulcan mind melds occurring somewhere close to the bridge of the USS Jazzercise.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2006 8:23 PM ET USA

    Congratulations: You have just been ordained a priestess into the church of ME! It is the true One, Hole-filled, catholic (universally about me) and apostolicaly seperated church. If you ignore the 2000yr Tradition of that Catholic Church in Rome, and disregard the apostolic authority of the Pope, and want to define your theology and religion as you see fits what you want to do, but want to do it in a liturgical way, then come to the Church of ME! You too can have liturgy without rules!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 19, 2006 11:52 AM ET USA

    The tie-dye scarves are all right, but a naïf-paisley stole decorated, as it were, with cartoon embryos really wasn't suitable for the dignified occasion.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 18, 2006 5:27 PM ET USA

    I noticed some myn in the picture looking quite dandy in their episcopal costumes. They must be part of the Free Catholic Church or some such? Also, there appears to be a judge or a protestant minister involved as well - rightmost one giving a scalp massage. What is particularly interesting is that nobody in the background is paying any attention to those giving free scalp massages. Must have been an open bar? Communion wine for everyone!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2006 8:58 PM ET USA

    I grew up in Pittsburgh, but have been away for nearly thirty years. The Gateway Clipper Fleet used to have a boat called the "Good Ship Lollipop" - Oh no - I forgot this was "ordination" of womyn not "gays".

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Jun. 17, 2006 1:37 PM ET USA

    Ooops... I meant to type "simulation." Just punishment for an earlier sarcastic comment to someone else about spelling. Mea culpa!

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Jun. 17, 2006 1:36 PM ET USA

    Someone needs to inform Ms. Houk that this similation of an Ordination is neither licit (which she admits) nor valid (as she claims). She is not "apt" for the sacrament of Orders.

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Jun. 17, 2006 1:29 PM ET USA

    Looks like someone has been spending waaaay too much time in the labyrinth. These neo-pagans not-so-crypto-Gnostic wanna be priestesses need to go to confession, start saying the Rosary every day, and most of all, just shut up. Going on a diet and finding a decent hairdresser couldn't hurt either.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2006 6:53 AM ET USA

    A soul and mind must be in a sad state to commit an such an act...not just those who actually believe that they are becoming ordained, but also by those who think that they are ordaining. I suppose that by the same poor reasoning that justifies this act in their mind, they will believe themselves to still be Catholic.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2006 2:08 AM ET USA

    I don't care how you do it. You must sink the Bismarck!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2006 10:36 PM ET USA

    Who are these people? What planet are they living on. How sad that these people have been so poorly catechized. I think all these people got carried away with liberation theology.Poor poor babies: they were so oppressed. It is all about them, is't it? They can care less about Jesus's Church, it is just all about what their needs are.

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Jun. 16, 2006 8:32 PM ET USA

    As I look at that picture, I wonder if any attendee there had the common sense to burst out laughing during the farce? And whether any one of those being "ordained" actually was thinking, "Who the heck do I think I'm kidding?"

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2006 6:05 PM ET USA

    Yep, those are the priestettes we need, angry, self-centered, morally relative (or is that relatively moral?), grey-headed women with tie-dyed vestments. Good grief.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jun. 16, 2006 4:44 PM ET USA

    I was going to say something, but instead I think I need to run to little room down the corridor and eliminate my lunch.

  • Posted by: Charles134 - Jun. 16, 2006 4:43 PM ET USA

    I wonder if I could attend as an ecumenical observer. The Gateway Clipper ship Majestic has a bar. Eighteen years ago, I witnessed (okay, starred in) an incident involving said ship, said bar, an all-girl's school (okay, women's college) fete, and a paddy wagon waiting for us at the dock when we got back. The parallels are uncanny. Does CWR need an experienced field reporter? Is there a per diem? And, I tend to incur a lot of incidentals.