Franciscan punished for concelebrating Mass with woman priest

An American priest, Franciscan Fr Jerry Zawada, has been removed from public ministry for concelebrating Mass with a woman priest in 2011.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered Fr Zawada, 76, to live a life of prayer and penance at a Franciscan Friary in Wisconsin.

Fr Zawada, a long time peace and human rights activist, said he would refuse to do penance for his personal convictions and those of others.

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