Catholic priest in US faces excommunication

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A Vatican official says a Roman Catholic priest faces excommunication for attending a ceremony to ordain a woman in Kentucky.

The Rev. Roy Bourgeois joined a June ceremony in Lexington, Ky., to ordain Janice Sevre-Duszynska. She's a member of a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

A chief Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, says Bourgeois' excommunication would likely be automatic, requiring no further action from the Holy See.

Recent popes have said the Roman Catholic Church cannot ordain women because Christ chose only males as apostles. Excommunication is the most severe penalty under church law, cutting off a Catholic from receiving or administering sacraments.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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