Both support for -- and resistance to -- the very idea of women's ordination is taking root in Cincinnati.
Akers was told by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk she could not teach in Cincinnati because she refused to recant a belief she holds that women should be allowed to be ordained.
Dr. Carol Egner wrote a letter to The Cincinnati Enquirer, saying she agrees with Sister Akers, who supports the idea of women being ordained as priests.
"I didn't write the letter as a teacher, I didn't write the letter as a doctor. I just wrote the letter as an individual and never did I think it would have the repercussions that it had," said Dr. Egner.
Explore this NCR special report with recent articles on the topic of immigration and family separation.
The following two paragraphs in the Enquirer did Egner in:
Having 16 years of Catholic education, my life has been for more influenced by religious women than men. I agree with ordaining women as priests now. And perhaps if we had already been doing this, words like sexual abuse would not be associated with the Catholic Church.
Carol L. Egner
When Egner’s pastor, Fr. David Sunberg, read her letter, he asked her to write another that either renounced her position or made clear that she “yields to the wisdom of the church.” When she refused, she was told she could no longer teach her Old Testament class for sixth-graders at her parish, Our Lady of Lourdes.
Looking for comments?
We've suspended comments on NCRonline.org for a while. If you missed that announcement, learn more about our decision here.