Charlotte, N.C., May 3, 2017 / 05:02 am
A breakaway Catholic group is in the news for attempting to ordain a woman as a Catholic priest at a non-denominational church in North Carolina.
Abigail Eltzroth, 64, went through the simulated ordination at the Jubilee! church in Asheville, N.C. under the aegis of the group Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. She has said she intends to start a Catholic community in the area of Asheville.
The local diocese, however, reaffirmed Catholic teaching that such an ordination is null.
"I hope that Catholics in the diocese will understand that it would be sinful to receive a fake sacrament from a woman priest and that includes attending a fake Mass," said David Hains, spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.