AP, Aug. 7, 2002
VATICAN CITY (AP) _ The seven women who claimed to have been recently ordained as priests were excommunicated because they had attacked the fundamental structure of the Catholic Church, a top official told Vatican Radio Tuesday.
The interview Tuesday with Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, of the Vatican office that acts as a watchdog for doctrinal orthodoxy, was the first comment by a Vatican official since the excommunication was announced on Monday.
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The seven women, from Germany, Austria and the United States, had defied an earlier Vatican warning to repent over their participation in a June 29 ceremony which they claimed made them priests.
One of the women, Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, has described the excommunication as “a further act of discrimination against women in the Catholic Church.”