CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Demonstrators will be outside Holy Name Cathedral Tuesday afternoon, when priests of the Chicago Archdiocese celebrate mass in preparation for Holy Week.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the protesters will be showing their desire for the Roman Catholic Church to ordain women as priests.
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Demonstrations are happening all over the country in support of women being ordained as Catholic priests – especially in light of the threat by the church last week to remove a priest who said he thinks women should be allowed to be priests.
“There were women in Jesus’ followers, and Mary Magdalene was a key leader among this group, and she witnessed the Resurrection – which is the core of our faith,” said Laura Singer of the Women’s Ordination Conference.
Singer says she personally does not feel the call to become a priest, but she knows many women who do, and she says they have wonderful gifts to offer.
Late last month, Maryknoll Rev. Roy Bourgeois of Georgia was given 15 days to “publicly recant” his support of women being priests, or face being kicked out of his holy order, according ot the National Catholic Reporter.