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Twelve Roman Catholic women will be ordained in a historic ceremony in Pittsburgh on July 31st. Bishops are responding with threatening letters.
For more information, contact: Bridget Mary Meehan at
703-671-1972 or 703-283-2929
For Immediate Release
From Roman Catholic Womenpriests
July 5, 2006

Bridget Mary Meehan, Falls Church, VA: (703) 671-1972; (703) 283-2929 (cell)
Historic Ordinations of Roman Catholic Women in U.S.

On Monday, July 31, 2006, 8 U.S. women will be ordained priests and 4 women will
be ordained deacons in the Roman Catholic Church. The ordination will take
place on a chartered boat that will depart from Pittsburgh, PA at 3:00pm (1500
hours) E.D.T., and will sail on the Three Rivers: the Allegheny, the Monongahela
and the Ohio Bishops Gisela Forster, Ida Raming and Patricia Fresen of Germany
will preside. The women being ordained come from California, Michigan,
Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

By offering a new paradigm of gender
equality, womenpriests and womendeacons affirm that women, as well as men, can
and do image Jesus Christ.
The goal of Roman Catholic Womenpriests is to bring about the full equality of women in the Roman Catholic Church. Bishops Gisela Forster, Ida Raming and Patricia Fresen were ordained by bishops in full Apostolic Succession. Bishops Forster, a philosopher, and Fresen, a theologian, were ordained secretly by Roman Catholic male bishops in order to avoid Vatican reprisal. Bishop Ida Raming, a renowned scholar, ordained to the episcopacy in June 2006, has done extensive research on the canon laws of the church. She is, together with Dr. Iris Mueller, who will also attend the ordination as priest, a foremother of the women’s ordination movement.

These historic ordinations challenge an unjust law that keeps women subordinate in the Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Womenpriests community affirms that the full equality of women in the church, including their inclusion in the priesthood, represents the voice of God in our time and is a gift to the entire church. Press and Media: Those who plan to cover ordinations in Pittsburgh, contact Joan Houk at


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