An international group defiantly opposed to the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women priests Sunday [April 30, 2017] ordained its first woman Catholic priest in the 46 counties that make up the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.
The ordination ceremony for Abigail Eltzroth happened in Asheville at Jubilee! – a nondenominational faith community – with Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan presiding. Eltzroth, 64, said she is the second woman in North Carolina ordained by the rebel group, called the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.The article notes: Many, but not all, Protestant denominations in the United States have women clergy. The Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church do, but most Southern Baptist churches do not. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ordains women, but the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod does not. And the Presbyterian Church (USA) has women clergy, while the Presbyterian Church in America does not. So, why did the woman not join one of those who does ordain women? It is not like she has a shortage of choices.
My point is this. The media love to flaunt those who live outside of or on the fringes of the churches because of their rebellious or heretical positions or actions. That says little or nothing about those churches. Not Missouri Synod Lutherans who choose to support the ordination of women in a church that does not, who see Adam and Eve as mythological characters in a church that believes them to be real people, or who believe everyone and anyone ought to commune in a church that practices close(d) communion. The media is simply trying to corner churches into a gotcha position and since it accords with the media's own bias against objective truth, doctrinal integrity, and the like, they delight in false and misleading headlines like Rebel Catholic Group Defies Church - Ordains Woman in NC. I wish the media were smart enough to know the difference between fake news and real news. It should have been clue enough WHERE she was ordained that she was not ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest, but that would have ruined the headline and emptied the story of its steam. Even Francis has not gone that far, for pete's sake, but if they are not smart enough to distinguish between the trivial and titilatious [why is THAT not a word?], you ought to be.