It's like the whole Roman Catholic hierarchy suffers from institutional sociopathy.


A Chicago woman who devoted her life to the Catholic Church will not allow her to be buried at her own parish.

Janine Denomme was ordained a priest in April by a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests, according to Chicago Public Radio. Though the church excommunicates women who pursue ordination, Denomme had "always wanted to be a priest," and decided to be ordained anyway.

Denomme was diagnosed with cancer before she was ordained, and blogged about her relationship with the church and dealing with her illness.

Denomme was active in the church throughout her life. Over the years her family and friends watched her struggle between her belief that she was called to ministry and the Catholic Church's refusal to open ordination to women. Deciding to accept ordination through RCWP brought her peace, says her brother Mark: "For the first time, she felt she could fulfill her vocation in ministry and not abandon the faith, the rituals, the liturgy she loved."

The 45-year-old Denomme was director of youth programs for the Center on Halsted and served as a lay preacher, church musician, parish council member, spiritual director and religion teacher for the Catholic church.

Despite her strong faith and close ties to the church, the Archdiocese of Chicago refuses to allow her to be buried at her Catholic parish. The diocese says she knowingly and willingly participated in the simulation and brought excommunication upon herself. And because of that Denomme is denied a Catholic funeral.

Denomme's funeral mass will be held at First United Methodist Church in Evanston.

COMMENT: Well, that'll teach her. I'm sure Denomme has learnt her lesson and will never go getting herself ordained ever again. Well done, men!



  1. You know, Lord of the Flies might be an improvement compared to these guys, though admittedly they are all locked into this themselves: chained to the oars so to speak. Boy, when they have to change their minds in the future, that’s going to be a dance I’d pay money to see.

  2. They will be surprised when they die, that excommunication did not keep her from the arms of the Saviour they work so hard to keep to themselves.

  3. I’ve always operated on the principle:

    When they’re dead, who knows????

    So just give them the best you’ve got!

  4. I’m sure you’ve buried many saints, unawares, Fr J-J. 0:-)


    Just when my view of the Popoids can’t get any lower…

    [NPR covered the story of the nun/hospital-administrator, excommunicated for permitting an abortion to save the woman’s life. To hear the diocesan hack DEFEND the excommunication w/ “She permitted an abortion. End of discussion.” . . . without so much as a WORD about the woman-who-would-die-without-it was just SHOCKING to me. (And I keep thinking I can no longer be shocked.)]

    But hey, the Pope’s infallible, so what do I know?