An ordination ceremony that openly defies Roman Catholic doctrine has taken place in Toronto.
Five women and a married man, all Roman Catholics, have been ordained as priests and deacons by a female Catholic bishop.
However, the Vatican says it will not recognise either the ordinations or the group carrying them out.
The ordination ceremony was held at a Protestant church on the outskirts of Toronto known for its liberal views.
The building was packed with an enthusiastic congregation.
They watched as Bishop Patricia Fresen, one of the most well-known figures in the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement, led the five women and one married man through a number of rituals to mark their ordination.
Bishop Fresen was herself ordained in a secret ceremony in Spain in 2003.
But the archdiocese of Toronto said that the organisation responsible for the ordinations has no affiliation or any dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church.
It said that ordaining men into the priesthood is a sacrament that cannot be changed.
But the bishops in the Womenpriests movement claim they are part of the church's valid apostolic succession, because Catholic bishops in good standing ordained them secretly.
First of all, the title of the piece should have been:
Canada "Catholics" "ordain" women
That is if we believe that the Vatican has more right to decide who is and who isn't a Catholic than a British news organization.
Inserting the appropriate punctuation the story should read:
An "ordination ceremony" that openly defies Roman Catholic doctrine has taken place in Toronto.
Five women and a married man, all "Roman Catholics," have been "ordained" as "priests" and "deacons" by a female "Catholic" "bishop."
But, of course, by that time any normal person would have hit the delete button and gone on to stories involving less delusional people...like the folks trying to put Bigfoot on the endangered species list.