INDIANAPOLIS -- The apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis spoke out against the "attempted ordination" of a former nun to the priesthood.
"I am saddened that the woman who attempted ordination and anyone who took part in this invalid ceremony have chosen to take such a public action to separate themselves from the church," said a statement Tuesday by Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis, who is overseeing the archdiocese until a successor is named for recently retired Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein.
The Catholic church frequently uses the term "attempted ordination" since it does not view the ordination of woman as neither valid nor licit.
The ceremony for Maria McClain took place Sunday in Indianapolis with a woman bishop from the group Roman Catholic Womenpriests presiding. Coyne called it "a schismatic group."
"This group has no valid connection to the Roman Catholic Church or the Archdiocese of Indianapolis," he added. "Any supposed 'ordination' this group performed has no relationship with the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church and is not valid."