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by Rosemary Ganley

The well-reported Roman Catholic women’s ordination events of July 22-25, 2005, moved the progress of women worldwide ahead by several steps.

     Taking leadership from former Dominican sister and seminary professor Patricia Fresen of South Africa –who is now in charge of the preparation program for women candidates for priesthood– the Women-Priests Movement, after a weekend conference where 500 people from 20 countries broke the papal ban on discussing women’s ordination, conducted the "illicit but valid" ordination of nine North American women to the diaconate and priesthood. The three-hour ceremony took place on a gleaming white tour boat on the St. Lawrence River near Gananoque, Ontario.


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