ASK FATHER: Use of a Catholic church for the “ordination” of woman Episcopalian “bishop”

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QUAERITUR:

I am a parishioner at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in Williamsburg, VA. I and many others are outraged at the fact that the Bishop of Richmond (Barry Knestout) has given permission for the consecration of a woman episcopal bishop to take place in our church.

Please - Link

Please see the attached link.

The short answer is: Yes, this is allowed.

The longer answer involves whether or not it should be allowed.

There is a petition against the event which calls on the bishop to cancel it. HERE I suspect that even if a million people sign it, the local bishop won’t change his mind.

Directory - Application - Principles - Norms - Ecumenism

The 1993 Directory for the Application of the Principles and Norms on Ecumenism make provision for other Christian denominations to use our churches:

137. Catholic churches are consecrated or blessed buildings which have an important theological and liturgical significance for the Catholic community. They are therefore generally reserved for Catholic worship. However, if priests, ministers or communities not in full communion with the Catholic Church do not have a place or the liturgical objects necessary for celebrating worthily their religious ceremonies, the diocesan Bishop may allow them the use of a church or a Catholic building and also lend them what may be necessary for their services. Under similar circumstances, permission may be given to them for interment or for the celebration of services at Catholic cemeteries.”

Note - Bishop - Decisions - Pastors - Decision

Note that the diocesan bishop gets to make these decisions. Pastors cannot make this decision on their own. I understand from what I have read that this was arranged without the knowledge of the parishioners.

Let’s be clear: There is no such thing as a female bishop, properly understood, in any denomination. It is ontologically impossible for a woman to be a real bishop. Denominations can call a woman whom they appoint as leader a “bishop”, but...
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