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Women priests challenge Catholic history, church laws

In 2002, seven women were ordained as priests by a male bishop in Europe as an act of defiance against the Catholic conviction that divine law forbids the priesthood to women. Since then, more than 100 women have been ordained, however according to the Roman Catholic Church, these are not true ordinations since they were not made by the “whole church” and therefore are not in communion with the church. The female priests also cannot be properly considered Roman Catholic and are automatically excommunicated until they repent. In a nine-minute news video prepared for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, a source for cutting-edge reporting and commentary on religion news, correspondent Saul Gonzalez explores the movement to ordain female priests and the motivations of the people involved. 



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