Jesuit Fr. William Brennan spent the last two years of his life under restricted ministry because of participating in a eucharistic liturgy with a Roman Catholic woman priest.
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
The Cincinnati archdiocese withdrew a $1,000 grant to help a shelter buy a washer and dryer after it learned a woman priest would host a prayer service there.
The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests donated $1,000 to a Catholic Worker house that shelters homeless women after the Cincinnati archdiocese retracted its funding because a woman priest led a prayer service at the shelter.
The archdiocese had promised Lydia's House, which offers shelter to homeless women and their children, $1,000 toward the purchase of a new washer and dryer. A number of community organizations support the house, which can hold up to four women and six children, and the archdiocese was an irregular donor.
Commentary: Despite 20 years of discrimination of women and denial of women's basic human rights as spiritual equals before God, women are serving in priestly ministry.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has removed Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada's public priestly faculties for "a life of prayer and penance."