US nun excommunicated after illicit ordination

A US nun was excommunicated and dismissed from her religious order last week after admitting that she was secretly ordained as a priest.

Sr Leticia Rawles, 67, was ordained in April by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests and has since presided over religious services.

Currently critically ill in hospital, Sr Rawes said she wanted to fulfil a call to priesthood she had since childhood and be ordained before it was too late.

Her Sisters of the Precious Blood order said she was dismissed as a result of her action.

Supporters of Sr Rawles have appealed to the Vatican to let her stay as a nun, even if it doesn’t recognise her priesthood.

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