St. Louis, Mo., Nov 13, 2007 / 08:36 am America/Denver (CNA).
Two women who took part in a ritual they claimed was an ordination ceremony have been placed under interdict, the Associated Press reports.
Rose Marie Dunn Hudson, 67, and Elsie Hainz McGrath, 69, underwent the ceremony at a St. Louis synagogue. The ceremony was led by a South African former nun who claimed to have been ordained a bishop by a German bishop in communion with Rome. The two women plan to "co-pastor" a community, starting December 1, in a space offered by a local Unitarian church.
Archbishop Raymond Burke of the archdiocese of St. Louis sent a three-page letter to the women after they underwent the ceremony. He ordered the women to "renounce any attempts" to celebrate Mass, hear confessions, or officiate at any other sacrament. The letter summoned them to appear before a church tribunal on December 3.
In the archdiocesan newspaper on Friday the archbishop wrote that the women would confuse and lead astray the faithful by their "sinful action."
Ms. McGrath claimed the two women are helping to "bring about badly needed reforms," to heal the church's "dysfunction."