Masses banned at US Catholic Worker house

A Catholic Worker House in Iowa has been told it can no longer host Masses after a woman priest presided at a service late last year.

In a May 5 letter, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines diocese ordered the local Catholic Worker House to cease holding services.

The local council of priests voted unanimously to strip the Catholic Worker House of its authority to hold Mass “for the time being”.

Rev. Janice Sevre-Duszynska, who presided over the eucharist service, was ordained by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests in 2008.

Frank Cordaro, a co-founder of the Catholic Worker House in Des Moines, said the bishop is bullying.

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