Progressive Catholic Community Ordains Woman

May 24, 2004

Source: Religion News Service

On May 24, 2004 the Religion News Service reported that "James H. Burch, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit will ordain Penelope Ann Thoms to the Catholic priesthood at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 13, 2004 at One Spirit Catholic Community, 13900 Stonefield Drive, Clifton, VA... The Catholic Diocese of One Spirit is part of a group of ecumenical Catholic faith communities across the nation that celebrate the richness of Catholic spirituality and its traditions. As a generic Catholic faith community, One Spirit honors the Pope and other religious leaders, but is not under their jurisdiction nor subject to their canon law nor the guidelines of the Roman or any other individual portion of the Catholic Church. Although One Spirit shares a common Catholic theology and liturgical tradition, it differs significantly in many of the disciplines and rules that govern the Roman rite of the Catholic Church."