Q: How can women be priests if they aren't ordained by the bishop? The only people being ordained at the cathedral are all men. --BR
A: your question, BR. Your observation is correct. But women priests have been ordained by bishops, too. The first women in the Roman Catholic Women Priests movement were ordained by a male bishop who believed it was right to ordain qualified candidates who were called to priesthood whether they were male or female. Then that bishop joined with other male bishops to ordain women bishops so that the line could continue. This means that the women priests are in apostolic succession just as men priests are. The women priests' ordinations may not be recognized as licit because of man-made rules (which can be changed), but they are valid.
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