Bay Area woman ordained as Roman Catholic Priest
Bay City News Service
July 31, 2006
Undaunted by the threat of excommunication, eight women, including
one Emeryville resident, were ordained as priests and deacons
of the Roman Catholic Church today.
On a chartered boat in Pittsburgh, Emeryville resident Kathleen
Strack Kunster, a member of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests, which
is dedicated to equal treatment of women in the Roman Catholic
Church, was slated to be ordained as a priest this afternoon.
"This ordination, as the first of its kind in the U.S.,
is a momentous event in the struggle for women's justice and equality
in the Catholic Church," Aisha Taylor, executive director
of the Women's Ordination Conference, said in a statement. "We
pray that it sparks continued dialogue, growth and change in our
According to Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa spokeswoman Deirdre
Frontczak, Kunster and the other women will not be considered
priests and deacons in the eyes of the church following today's
"The ordination would not be considered a valid ordination,"
Frontczak said. "The church won't recognize their ordination."
Frontczak said the women could face excommunication from the
church, meaning they cannot receive sacrament.
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