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Priest disciplined after allowing nun to perform baptisms
    Church officials in the US have disciplined a priest and a popular nun because she helped perform two baptisms while he watched.
    Sr Jeannette Normandin, a member of the Sisters of Saint Anne, and Fr George Winchester have been stripped of their duties at Boston's Jesuit Urban Centre, reports The Boston Globe. Both will also be required to move out of the centre, where they live.
    In addition to the two baptisms, church officials objected to Sr Normandin wearing an alb and a stole while helping to celebrate a wedding this summer.
    Jesuit officials said Sr Normandin's actions appeared to be a political statement, protesting about the role of women in church life.
    Fr Thomas J Carroll, director of the centre, said: "I don't think it's possible that this was an accident, certainly professionals here know the rules."
    Sr Normandin is well known in the city for her work with women in prison, homeless women and women with AIDS, and is popular in the Jesuit Centre congregation.
    Winchester declined to comment, but Sr Normandin told the paper her actions were innocent, adding: "I wasn't trying to make a statement. We were baptising the two babies and I blessed a baby with some chrism (oil). I didn't know it was a no-no."
   
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3-Nov-00