Ordained Catholic Bishop Seeks to End Discrimination in the Church
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03/08/10 Lisa Marzilli
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Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan


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On this International Women’s Day we take a look at a growing and controversial grassroots movement. Last month in Sarasota, two women and a deacon were ordained as priests by a group known as Roman Catholic Womenpriests or RCWP, which seeks to abolish discrimination against women within the Catholic Church. Their activism comes at the price of excommunication from the Vatican which sees the movement as renegade.

Bridget Mary Meehan was born in Ireland and joined the convent when she 18 years old. Meehan’s father says his daughter spent much of her free time as a child “playing church” and was a priest from the day she was born. The 62-year-old former nun is now one of the bishops of the breakaway RCWP movement and one of first American women to be ordained.

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