Actually, from Mrs. thetimman. Yes, there is a poor soul out there who decided to marry me. Pray for her.
She emailed me today:
I don't know if you would be able to use this info for your blog, but the Journal did a story on the formerly Catholic woman who was ordained a "priest" for the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. She met her Protestant husband at Marquette University in Milwaukee (Jesuits!). She had been considering a vocation as a nun, but he "opened my eyes to the world of women in ministry..." He claims he "was concerned for a long time that she would be shut out from serving as a minister in the Catholic tradition."
They have a photo of her with Bishop Peter Hickman (the leader of the ECC) and the Reverend Frank Krebs, her pastor. Krebs, who is [the story says] gay and in a 'committed relationship', is a former Catholic priest who was pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Soulard. He claims he had been a priest until 1990 when he left because he would have been unable to be celibate in having a partner. He joined ECC about 14 years later because he "was experiencing a call to get back into the priesthood and fell in love with the message of ECC" and its policy of inclusion. The photo shows Mrs. Rowley in front of an "altar" with a ceramic pitcher and chalice-like cup and a glass decanter holding a dark-colored liquid.
Doesn't that just make you sad?! These people are just so confused!
Um, yes, honey, they sure are. What really struck me was this woman's impressions when she decided to to to this ECC church-- "I missed the liturgy and sacraments of Catholicism." An unintentionally insightful comment, that.
I think Mrs. Rowley needs to get a copy of Pascendi and read it from start to finish.
Let us offer up a prayer to Our Lady for this poor soul.
Sancta Dei Genitrix, Ora pro nobis.
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