Kentucky Woman Ordained as Roman Catholic Priest

In December 2012, a poorly done parody of the pop song, “Call Me Maybe” circulated throughout the blogosphere. “Ordain a Lady” was a production created by the Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC), which describes itself as “the world’s oldest and largest organization working solely for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church.” Some of the lyrics for the parody tune read as follows:

I had a dream as a girl,
Like Therese of Lisieux,
I need to give this whirl
So I can lead the way.

Woman priest is my call;
Women preaching for all.
Don’t listen to St. Paul,
‘Cuz I can lead the way.

My ministry is growing.
Excommunication? I’m still glowing.
M.Div, chasuble flowing;
Where you think the Church is going?

Hey, I was baptized, and this is crazy,
But God just called me, so ordain a lady!
Justice doesn’t look right, with only male priests,
But God just called me, so ordain a lady!


Four months later, Reuters tells the story of Rosemarie Smead, “a 70-year-old Kentucky woman [who] was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.” Though it has not been reported that Smead is affiliated with the aforementioned WOC, it nevertheless seems obvious that she and the group share similar goals. Read more of this post

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