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By Diogenes (articles - email) | Sep 24, 2007

Another group of women is claiming ordination as Catholic priests. This is getting to be old news. Still, in the nature of things, each new imposture brings its own distinctive touches.

The women belong to a growing movement that no longer simply argues for women's rights but is creating an alternative Catholic church, whether the official church likes it or not.

Alternative, yes. Catholic, no.

But wait; it gets better.

Johnson and Carpeneto both identify themselves as Roman Catholics. Both see themselves more as Francis of Assisi, who worked to correct the church from within, than as Martin Luther, who challenged corruption and ended up forming the Lutheran denomination and beginning the Protestant Reformation.

This may be the first time you've seen St. Francis classified as a reformer, dedicated to change within the Church, comparable to Luther.

But then what do I know? I've never quite managed even self-esteem to compare myself with St. Francis of Assisi.

Which is odd, because unlike the women "ordained" at Judson Memorial Church ("We've been Gay Proud long before Gay Pride"), your Uncle Di could theoretically identify with St. Francis. I mean, it wouldn't have to be St. Frances.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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