** Since this article was published new information has come to light indicating that the excommunication has not yet formally taken place as of July 8,2005.

See French Catholic Woman Who Underwent Fake “Ordination” to Priesthood Not Excommunicated – Yet

LYON, France, July 5, 2005 ( – A French Cardinal has excommunicated a Catholic woman claiming she was “ordained” as a priest by three women who call themselves Roman Catholic bishops. For those supposing the next generation of church leaders will turn the church even more politically correct, the action by one of the Church’s youngest Cardinals will come as a shocker. Lyon’s Cardinal Archbishop Philippe Barbarin, 55, has followed in the footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Barbarin excommunicated the woman who went through a false ‘ordination’ yesterday. Pope Benedict XVI, acting in 2002 as Cardinal Ratzinger, officially excommunicated two of the women “bishops” who performed the ceremony.

Cardinal BarbarinGenevieve Beney, a 56-year-old married physical education teacher and mother of two, was “ordained” Saturday on a boat on the Saone River near the eastern French city, by self-proclaimed “bishops” from the dissident movement Women’s Ordination Worldwide as 60 activists who support female ordination looked on.

“This is not a rupture with the Roman Catholic Church,” Beney claimed before the ceremony. “If there is a rupture on my part, it is with a situation that I consider to be obsolete and unjust to women.”

“This act . . . does not fulfil any of the conditions required by the Catholic Church, and such a ceremony unequivocally constitutes a serious act of rupture with the Catholic Church,” Lyon’s Cardinal Barbarin corrected in a statement, according to a Reuters report. “There will be no truth to the words that will be pronounced,” Barbarin said before the ceremony. “For many Catholics, this will be a source of useless injury and suffering.”

Nine women activists, eight American and one Canadian, have announced that on July 25 they will conduct their own “ordination” ceremony on a boat on the St. Lawrence River. When contacted the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops about the impending “ordination” of the Canadian woman later this month, a spokesman there, unlike Cardinal Barbarin,Âsaid the CCCB had “no comment” and no plans in place, at least that the CCCB was willing to disclose, as to how they would respond to such an event.

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