St. Louis, Nov. 8, 2007 (CWNews.com) – Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has warned two local women that they face excommunication if they go through with plans for a Sunday ceremony at which they will claim to be ordained as priests. The archbishop sent personal letters by courier to Rose Marie Dunn Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath, reminding them that they would incur the “censure of excommunication” if they participated in the ceremony, which is being held at a Jewish synagogue under the auspices of the “Womenpriests” organization. Archbishop Burke noted that the fraudulent “ordination” ceremony, held in direct violation of Church teaching and authority, would constitute an “act of schism.” He warned the women that additional penalties could be used against them, along with the excommunication that would be automatically imposed. McGrath told an AP reporter that she would ignore the archbishop’s warning, which she characterized as a “form of intimidation.” (Source)
His full name is Raymond Leo Burke. Ladies and gentlemen: let me present to you one of the very few bishops in North America who has the BOTH the bullocks and the brains to show us all what it means to be a true bishop. I call him “Leo the Great” in reference to the great Pope who preceeded him and kicked some serious heretical ass. Moreover, a true mark of a bishop today is how little bull he accepts from the other misguided leaders in the Church today.
For Archbishop Burke, the answer is not a heck of a lot.
In the future, what will count is not being in communion with “the rest of the bishops” in a particular national conference, but rather being faithful to the Gospel and the Bishop of Rome. That is, after all, what our holy faith teaches.
You go, Bishop, we’re right with you.