Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sag Harbor grandmother: I'm LI's first female priest

From Newsday:

"A Sag Harbor grandmother says she has become the first Long Island woman to be ordained as a priest in a group that seeks equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church. Eda Lorello, a longtime church worker, said she was ordained during a service in Wellesley, Mass., on Aug. 10 organized by Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an advocacy group that says it has ordained 120 women to what it calls the priesthood in the United States in the past decade. The Vatican does not recognize the ordinations as legitimate, and has said that the women automatically "excommunicate" themselves when they take part in such services. Sean Dolan, a spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, called the effort to make Lorello a priest "absurd." "It's wrong for her to portray herself as a Roman Catholic priest," he said. "She is not."

One of the major developments over the past few decades in the Church is a huge push for lay people to be involved in 'ministries'. The negative aspect of this is that people begin to see the 'roles' they have (lector, EM, Etc..) as being the important part of their Church attendance, when in fact praying is the most important role.

"Lorello said she has served as a pastoral associate in parishes in Manorville and Bridgehampton, ran religious education programs in several Long Island parishes, and taught in the Diocese of Rockville Centre's Pastoral Formation Institute for lay people. She said she is a certified spiritual director and holds master's degrees in theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Lloyd Harbor and in pastoral counseling from Iona College in New Rochelle." 
Does anyone else remember the firestorm that erupted when Bishop Murphy wanted to eliminate or reform the PFI?

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