In the story I wrote about this morning -- about Mrs. Paula Hoeffer, who took part in an attempted ordination as a Catholic priest -- I noted the curiosity of the location being kept secret.
It seems to me if you want to do something "prophetic," you don't keep it a secret. And that is the claim, isn't it, that ordaining women as Catholic priests, in defiance of current teaching, is prophetic, right?
In any case, I think area Catholics have every right to know where what is -- for us -- a sacrilege, was sponsored.
So I did a little checking. It didn't take long.
The Women's Ordination Conference published an invitation, online, to the event (see below).
In addition, the video that appears on WCPO depicts a church interior that looks identical to what appears at the church's Facebook page. And the church is located in Pleasant Ridge, where WCPO reported the ceremony took place.
I've reached out to the church, whose Rector is Rev. Eileen O'Reilly, for comment, but I haven't heard back yet.
But the questions I have are as follows:
1. Did this in fact happen at your church? With your permission?
2. Do you realize that because this is a simulation of a sacrament for Catholics, it's deemed a sacrilege and is deeply offensive?
3. You have joined yourself to an attempt to overturn the constant teaching of the Catholic Church. Do you really think that's any business of the Episcopal Church?
4. Would it similarly be appropriate for Catholic parishes (or any other religious organization) to begin hosting ordinations for Episcopal/Anglican clergy, for individuals who are explicitly determined to overturn various longstanding doctrines of your church?
5. Many churches host their own version of Passover seders, despite the objections of Jewish organizations who consider this offensive. What is your policy on that, for example?
6. The Satanic Temple at Harvard is looking for a site to host a so-called "Black Mass"--for "educational purposes." Would you host them?
Perhaps you can think of other questions while we wait to hear from the church.
Meanwhile, here's the page I linked above, in case it disappears.
Update: I can't find this information, below, at the Women's Ordination Conference, despite appearing to be from them. So I'm not sure just who originated it. Also, I noticed I'd left someone's email and phone un-redacted, and I fixed that. I'm sorry about that; fixed.