ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - An organization of Catholic women, who mistakenly believe themselves to be ordained to the all-male priesthood, have begun a public relations campaign in Rome to gin up support for their heretical cause.
With the help of some sympathetic allies in government offices, they have secured key billboard and poster board space near St. Peter's Square and the Trastevere district in Rome and launched a poster campaign. The posters include pictures of women pretending to be priests and have the words emblazoned on them: "Some Women Disobey."
The stunt is the brainchild of the Women's Ordination Conference (WOC), a group of radical feminists demanding access to the Church's ordained ministry.
The long sought-after female ordination was formally declared forever closed by Pope St. John Paul II in his 1994 apostolic letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, in which the pontiff declared,
Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful.
However, the papal act did not deter the feminists from proceeding with their plans.
In June 2002, WOC organized an "ordination" ceremony on a boat on the Danube River between Germany and Austria where seven women were "ordained" by a rebellious Argentinean bishop, Romulo Braschi. One month later, all seven women were declared excommunicated by then-Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI. WOC claims there are about 150 women "priests" around the world, most of them following the so-called Danube Seven.
Co-Executive Director of WOC, Kate McElwee, admits that the poster campaign could be very shocking for Italians as the matter of women priests is viewed in Italy as an American issue and does not have much support. Still, the group is intent on pushing the envelope to try and garner whatever support it can to try and upset the status quo. The move to bring the images to Rome is a bold one, especially in light of statements from Pope Francis maintaining the question of women being ordained is closed.
WOC has formed an alliance with an Italian feminist and photographer, Giulia Bianchi, who created and designed the posters now on Roman billboards.
Bianchi is in the process of writing a book featuring the stories of seventy female "priests" whom she has photographed, and has plans to soon publish. The stories she is writing about include "women" who are transgendered as well as lesbians, all of which claim they are Roman Catholic priests.