Video of Roman Catholic Womenpriest ordination

The Rev. Beverly Bingle, center, celebrates her ordination as a priest with Bishop Joan Houk, left, and the Rev. Elsie Hainz McGrath of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement.

The Rev. Beverly Bingle, center, celebrates her ordination as a priest with Bishop Joan Houk, left, and the Rev. Elsie Hainz McGrath of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement.

Beverly Bingle of Toledo was ordained as Toledo's first female priest in the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement, a reform group that claims apostolic succession. The Vatican does not recognize women's ordination as valid and has ruled that women who seek ordination and those who help them are excommunicated by their actions.

Reverend Bingle will celebrate Mass at 5:30 p.m. Sundays in her new church, Holy Spirit Catholic Community, meeting weekly at Unity of Toledo 3535 Executive Parkway, Toledo.

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4 Responses to “Video of Roman Catholic Womenpriest ordination”

  1. M-C

    Although these women might be sincere in their desire to share the gospel, the Catholic faith, with others through an active ministry like priesthood, in the Catholic faith it indeed is a grave sin to be “ordained” as a woman. Put very bluntly, it is impossible for a woman to be ordained a Catholic priest, so neither of these women were ordained. The reason is this: Catholics believe that at the words of consecration “This is my Body” and “This is my blood” the inanimate objects, bread and wine, become the substantial Body and Blood of Jesus, while still in the form of bread and wine. The priest is “In Personna Christi,” in the Person of Christ at Mass. When the priest extends his hands over the bread and wine at the Consecration, it is the physical marriage covenant of Christ and the Church (who is His Bride). If it were to be a woman consecrating the bread and wine, it would not be a valid covenant, since the marriage covenant is between a man and woman, they complement each other. This is not an issue of social justice, then, it is an issue of validity.

  2. jules

    Congrats Reverend Bev…a truly wonderful thing!
    I am in Canada and so sorry to have missed this milestone event.
    You, my friend, are exactly where, you are needed, So mote it be!
    jules

  3. Denis Eble

    Thanks to David Yonke for capturing the spirit of this ordination in this video. It was a splendid service and a beginning point for a larger discussion of the role of women in the Catholic Church. The theme, ‘Fear Not’ was evident in the readings, the songs and in the prayers of the service.

    It is truly sad that fear overshadowed this event as many people, especially clergy, were afraid to attend due to reprisals from the bishop for their attendance. It is hard to imagine that a religious organization uses fear to keep its members in line, especially here in the 21st century.

  4. Michele Joseph

    What an amazing & remarkable moment and how blessed and honored we are to witness such a milestone in the life of the Church ! Truly, the Spirit of justice & oneness & unity is at work !

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