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Sat Mar 7, 2015, 05:27 PM

 

Priest who died last year left videos saying women should be ordained.

A priest who died last year could not in good conscience remain silent about women's ordination and left videos behind on the subject.

MILWAUKEE A dying Catholic priest calls for the ordination of women in a videotaped message released only to WISN 12 News following his death.

By saying such a thing, Brennan was going against church teaching. In his 63 years as a priest, Brennan protested for civil and human rights. But when he backed his belief in female priests in 2012 by saying Mass with someone who said she had been ordained, the church punished him because church catechism says only a baptized man receives sacred ordination.

"He was forbidden from attending any kind of public worship, liturgies of any kind," said Alice Iaquinta, Brennan's friend. "He was forbidden from talking to the press, forbidden from writing anything about his position."

He asked Iaquinta to record his beliefs about women's ordination on the condition she release the video after he died.


He asked her to wait until after the funeral as there wasn't much more they could do to him after that. He was worried that if the videos got out too soon they would deny him a Catholic funeral and/or deny him burial in a Catholic cemetery.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2015, 06:48 PM

1. Paging St. Paul

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We know there were women deacons, they are mentioned in some of Paul's epistles. Fr. Thomas Hopko said that St. John Chrysostom, who was a bishop, "had hundreds of them." I do not see why at least the diaconate couldn't be reopened to women. For starters.

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Sat Mar 7, 2015, 09:57 PM

2. He refers to Junia as an "apostle,"

the same designation he gave himself. It's also clear that women led many of the first churches, that met in members'homes.

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