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92 YO Priest Sanctioned for Celebrating Mass with a Woman

Posted by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 10:32 PM
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Father Bill Brennan, 92, Sanctioned For Celebrating Mass With Woman Priest

Reuters  |  By Mary Wisniewski Posted:   |  Updated: 12/08/2012 5:58 pm EST

(Reuters) - A 92-year-old Wisconsin Jesuit has become the latest Catholic priest to be punished by church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woman priest in violation of church rules, a Jesuit spokesman said on Wednesday.

Father Bill Brennan, a Milwaukee-area peace activist who has done missionary work in Central America, celebrated Mass last month in Georgia with Janice Sevre-Duszynska of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.

Though Brennan remains a Jesuit and can still celebrate Mass and hear confessions with other Jesuits, he can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments publicly, according to Jeremy Langford, spokesman for the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits.

Women are forbidden by the church to become priests, but some have been ordained and celebrate Mass outside of the official church. Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the church's ban on women priests this year.

Catholic clergy who support the women can face sanctions. The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith dismissed Roy Bourgeois, 74, from the priesthood in October, citing his participation in the 2008 "invalid" ordination of Sevre-Duszynska and in a "simulated Mass," according to the Catholic News Service.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Province of the Jesuits mutually agreed on the sanctions against Brennan, Langford said.

"The Province did not approve or sanction the event, and regrets Father Brennan's participation in it," the Province said in a statement.

Langford said that the Wisconsin Province had no plans to take any further action against Brennan, who is retired from active ministry and living in a Wisconsin retirement home and was not available for comment.

"Sometimes in our lives we have to trust our conscience and bring about the consequences," Brennan told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I wasn't trying to show off for the ladies."

Sevre-Duszynska told Reuters that Brennan exemplifies the best of the Jesuit tradition, including that he "is able to understand the suffering of women who are called to the priesthood and are denied the priesthood by the church and by the hierarchy."

"I think this is a bullying tactic. And I think it's shameful. It certainly is not what Jesus would do," she said of the sanctions against Brennan.

Brennan worked as a missionary in Belize and Honduras for 16 years and then returned to the United States as a teacher at Jesuit-run Marquette University High School and as pastor at St. Patrick Church in Milwaukee, according to a 2007 Catholic News Service article.

Five years ago, at 87, Brennan traveled to Cuba as an act of civil disobedience against the U.S. economic blockade, delivering humanitarian and medical supplies to the Cuban people, the article said.

(Reporting By Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Philip Barbara)

Click through the slideshow below to see Brennan and Sevre-Duszynska celebrating the mass together

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by on Dec. 8, 2012 at 10:32 PM
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12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Dec. 8, 2012 at 10:59 PM
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In looking at the pictures this was not a Mass, as the focus was not Jesus, but liberal, lgbt, feminism.  I don't expect non-Catholics to understand why this is offensive.  I don't even need to know what was said at this event, the pictures speak for themselves....

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Dec. 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

BUMP!

AlekD
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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The Catholic Church does not have priestesses. If you want to be a priestess, that's fine, but you aren't Catholic. The Church doesn't force anyone to follow her rules, everyone is certainly welcome to leave and make their own church with their own rules.

12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

 

 

sherry132
by Silver Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I don't understand why women want to be priest so badly. Father Brennan knew better. This is the way of the church as it has been since the beginning. 

I know there are women who will disagree with me, but I am a Catholic, and he broke the rules pure and simple. For a Catholic, this is offensive and wrong. 

sherry132
by Silver Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

This picture says he is asking to be excommunicated. 

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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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It always starts small. Changes in institutions have to start somewhere, with a few people here and there taking a stand and doing what they believe to be right. It's how things change over time. It seems like many in the Catholic church are ready for a change. The church may look significantly different in the next generation or three. 

AlekD
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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Actually the Church has been fighting heresy pretty effectively for 2000 years. I don't think that will change anytime soon. We'll see. wink mini

Quoting krysstizzle:

It always starts small. Changes in institutions have to start somewhere, with a few people here and there taking a stand and doing what they believe to be right. It's how things change over time. It seems like many in the Catholic church are ready for a change. The church may look significantly different in the next generation or three. 


                      

AlekD
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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Wow.

Silly me, I thought that the Mass was supposed to be a sacred encounter with Heaven on earth where our entire being is turned in worship towards our Lord.

Now I know it's actually just a political demonstration where we all think about how great we are.


Hey, have you seen those videos on youtube with the pristesses and liturgical dance? It's worth a look for the lulz.

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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM
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The church has changed pretty significantly in 2000 years, actually. You'll notice they no longer burn women and scientists at the stake, which was a big improvement. More recently, the second vatican council changed things here and there; small things, to be sure, but overall fairly significant in the big picture. 

It seems that the pedophilia scandals in the church started a crumbling of certain structures. It's roundabout and kind of hidden, but there are pockets here and there making more noise now (I'm thinking of the group of American nuns, specifically); that's why I said the next few generations. 

Every human institution changes over time. That's just the way of the world. It's not a bad thing, just a human thing. 

Quoting AlekD:

Actually the Church has been fighting heresy pretty effectively for 2000 years. I don't think that will change anytime soon. We'll see. wink mini

Quoting krysstizzle:

It always starts small. Changes in institutions have to start somewhere, with a few people here and there taking a stand and doing what they believe to be right. It's how things change over time. It seems like many in the Catholic church are ready for a change. The church may look significantly different in the next generation or three. 



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