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Catholic personnel told not to attend US woman's ordination

Rochester Bishop Matthew H. Clark told priests, deacons, pastoral administrators and pastoral ministers in his diocese they were forbidden to attend Saturday's ordination of a woman who belongs to a local breakaway Catholic church called Spiritus Christi.

He also said Catholic leaders cannot attend any sacramental services at the church, which is in schism with the Roman Catholic Church.

"As pastoral ministers, we have a special responsibility to avoid actions that will contribute to the confusion of the faithful or increase the scandal occasioned by this schism," Bishop Clark wrote in similar, separate letters to each group. "I know that you will be deeply sensitive to the situation and avoid doing anything that might cause confusion among the faithful or weaken the bonds of faith and charity which make us one."

The bishops' letters were about the ordination of Mary Ramerman by Bishop Peter Hickman of the Old Catholic Church.

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