Attempted Deaconate Ordination by a Woman

by Steve Ray on April 9, 2011

Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer and Friend, writes:

By seeking diaconal orders, did Norma Jean Coon commit “heresy”?

The Norma Jean Coon case, which began so terribly and ended so beautifully, continues to occasion discussion.

One line of thought has lately caught my eye: in light of Canons 750-751 and ap. lit. Ordinatio sacerdotalis (1994), Coon’s seeking of diaconal orders was tantamount to her committing the delict of heresy and resulted in her being automatically excommunicated under Canon 1364.

I don’t think so.

Read why here:

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