H/T to RORATE CÆLI for this pretty important find:
Document of Renunciation of Ordination to Diaconate
On July 22, 2007, I was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Patricia Fresen, of Germany and South Africa who was ordained by three male bishops in Germany for the group called Roman Catholic Women Priests. The ordination took place at the Santa Barbara Immaculate Heart Spiritual Center. Because neither Patricia Fresen nor myself were given permission for the ordination by Pope Benedict XVI, the ordinations were illegitimate and not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Thus an excommunication process called Latae Sententiae occurred, excommunicating oneself by failure to observe the Canon Laws of the Church.
I wish to renounce the alleged ordination and publicly state that I did not act as a deacon as a part of this group except on two occasions, when I read the gospel once at mass and distributed communion once at this same mass. I withdrew from the program within two weeks of the ceremony because I realized that I had made a mistake in studying for the priesthood. I confess to the truth of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis . I confess the authority of the Holy Father on these issues of ordination and recognize that Christ founded the ordination only for men.
Formally, I relinquish all connection to the program of Roman Catholic Women Priests and I disclaim the alleged ordination publicly with apologies to those whose lives I have offended or scandalized by my actions. I ask God’s blessings upon each of these folks and their families.
Norma Jean Coon, RN, MFCC, PhD
San Diego, California
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Holy God, I ask your blessings on my Bishop and my pastor and priests in Rome who have assisted me in the process of being re-instated into the Roman Catholic Church and I forsake all connection with the Roman Catholic Women Priests program via Internet or otherwise.I thank you for the efforts of my family in my behalf and ask for Jesus’ Light and Love to pour over my husband of 47 years and my five children.Forgive me my Beloved Jesus and Mother Mary for pursuing my own will in this matter of ordination and as I consecrate myself to your Divine Will through the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I ask you to pour out Light and Love upon any who have placed themselves outside of your Love and Light Bless us, O Lord, for these thy gifts and place us in the Heart of the Father, as we pray for more priests to serve in our church and for vocations to enrich our Church in the United States.Forgive us for failing in obedience and enrich us in your Holy Love, I pray through Jesus and Mary. Fiat+
via Norma Jean Coon.
To properly understand what is going on here one must consider the Church’s position concerning the women and the priesthood. Rather than list a bunch of citations on the matter (the link Ms. Coon provided above is more than sufficient) I will list what I know:
- The ministerial priesthood is reserved only for men
- Men act in persona Christi
- Jesus Christ was a man
- There is no need to formally define this as this “doctrine” is considered part of Sacred Tradition and not contradicted in Sacred Scripture
- Church authority does not allow the change or modify what is part of Divine Revelation
In this context, we can see that any ordination of women as priests are more appropriately referred to as “attempted” or, in the case of Ms. Coon, “alleged” ordinations. This is because woman simply cannot be ordained as priests. Woman priests or priestesses do not exist in the Catholic Church.