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A San Diego woman “ordained” a deacon of the Roman Catholic Women Priests movement in 2007 has repudiated her participation in the organization and is seeking a return to the Church.

The woman, Norma Jean Coon, published the following statement on her website on Feb. 8:

Document of Renunciation of Ordination to Diaconate

On July 22, 2007, I was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Patricia Fresen, of Germany and South Africa who was ordained by three male bishops in Germany for the group called Roman Catholic Women Priests. The ordination took place at the Santa Barbara Immaculate Heart Spiritual Center. Because neither Patricia Fresen nor myself were given permission for the ordination by Pope Benedict XVI, the ordinations were illegitimate and not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Thus an excommunication process called Latae Sententiae occurred, excommunicating oneself by failure to observe the Canon Laws of the Church.

I wish to renounce the alleged ordination and publicly state that I did not act as a deacon as a part of this group except on two occasions, when I read the gospel once at mass and distributed communion once at this same mass. I withdrew from the program within two weeks of the ceremony because I realized that I had made a mistake in studying for the priesthood. I confess to the truth of Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. I confess the authority of the Holy Father on these issues of ordination and recognize that Christ founded the ordination only for men.

Formally, I relinquish all connection to the program of Roman Catholic Women Priests and I disclaim the alleged ordination publicly with apologies to those whose lives I have offended or scandalized by my actions. I ask God's blessings upon each of these folks and their families.

She followed her statement of renunciation with the following prayer:

Holy God, I ask your blessings on my Bishop and my pastor and priests in Rome who have assisted me in the process of being re-instated into the Roman Catholic Church and I forsake all connection with the Roman Catholic Women Priests program via Internet or otherwise.

I thank you for the efforts of my family in my behalf and ask for Jesus' Light and Love to pour over my husband of 47 years and my five children.

Forgive me my Beloved Jesus and Mother Mary for pursuing my own will in this matter of ordination and as I consecrate myself to your Divine Will through the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I ask you to pour out Light and Love upon any who have placed themselves outside of your Love and Light Bless us, O Lord, for these thy gifts and place us in the Heart of the Father, as we pray for more priests to serve in our church and for vocations to enrich our Church in the United States.

Forgive us for failing in obedience and enrich us in your Holy Love, I pray through Jesus and Mary.


Wow, that's a pretty solid retraction statement.

I hope she reads my article on deacons and eventually goes on to support real deacons in trad-dom and elsewhere.
(02-24-2011, 05:01 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: [ -> ]Wow, that's a pretty solid retraction statement.

I hope she reads my article on deacons and eventually goes on to support real deacons in trad-dom and elsewhere.

Send her the link.
Quote: I hope she reads my article on deacons and eventually goes on to support real deacons in trad-dom and elsewhere.

You are truly an obsessed man, bub.  Which is a good thing.  I am obsessed with eliminating the term "neo-conservative"  being applied to neo-Catholics.  You want to enrich the Mass.  I think you are fighting the better fight. 

I salute you.
(02-24-2011, 05:25 PM)James02 Wrote: [ -> ]I am obsessed with eliminating the term "neo-conservative"  being applied to neo-Catholics. 

I'm on your side with that one.
(02-24-2011, 05:29 PM)QuisUtDeus Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-24-2011, 05:25 PM)James02 Wrote: [ -> ]I am obsessed with eliminating the term "neo-conservative"  being applied to neo-Catholics. 

I'm on your side with that one.

I've never understood that term at all.  In fact, both of them confuse me.  What is a neo-conservative?  What is a neo-Catholic?

Anyway, great to see the retraction above.  It's never too late to renounce your sins and come home, like The Prodigal Son.
Has this ever happened before? Off the top of my head, I can't remember any womynpriests who renounced their views, it's such a reversal.
(02-24-2011, 05:25 PM)James02 Wrote: [ -> ]You are truly an obsessed man, bub.  Which is a good thing.  I am obsessed with eliminating the term "neo-conservative"  being applied to neo-Catholics.  You want to enrich the Mass.  I think you are fighting the better fight. 

I salute you.

That sounds like a good fight, too. I've made the mistake of using the term neocon in a religious sense, but now that I think about it, I guess it's pretty silly.