Another bishop with backbone! This time in Canada. Bishop Nicola De Angelis of Peterborough, Ontario, has removed a priest from his parish because he expressed support for the ordination of women. At least that’s what the newspaper says. My guess is that this was the final straw and that there’s a whole lot more wrong with the priest that isn’t said.
An Eastern Ontario Catholic priest has been stripped of his duties for suggesting women could someday become priests. Rev. Edward Cachia “can no longer be relied upon to celebrate the Eucharist within the Church as Christ intended,” states a letter from Peterborough Diocese Bishop Nicola De Angelis. Cachia served at St. Michael’s parish in Cobourg. Following an unofficial ordination of nine women on a tour boat on the St. Lawrence River near Kingston in July, Cachia told the Cobourg Daily Star that he hoped the ceremony was “the beginning of a new and awesome change in the life of the church.”
The reason stated by Bishop DeAngelis is a pretty strong one and could be used in many, many cases here in the US. Would that more bishops had the courage to take the necessary steps to ensure that the faithful receive the unadulterated Gospel and can worship “within the Church as Christ intended.”