by MARY WISNIEWSKI
Wed Aug 20, 2014
(Reuters) - A Wisconsin Jesuit who was punished (fraternally corrected) by Catholic Church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woman (faux-)priest in violation of Church rules (established in accordance with the example set by Jesus Christ) has died at the age of 94, his nephew said on Wednesday.There is another report HERE at the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
(Dissident) Rev. Bill Brennan, a Milwaukee-area peace activist who had done missionary work in Central America, died of natural causes earlier this month, according to his nephew Timothy Brennan. A funeral (Requiem Mass?) was held this week.
(Fr.) Bill Brennan celebrated Mass in late 2012 with Janice Sevre-Duszynska of the Association of Roman Catholic Women (faux-)Priests. Though (Fr.) Brennan remained Jesuit and could hear confessions with other Jesuits, he was no longer able to celebrate Mass or other sacraments publicly under his Church sanction (because he refused to repent and recant his dissent-ridden views. May the Lord have mercy on his soul.).
Women are forbidden by the Church (which is faithful to the example set by Jesus Christ our Lord) to become priests, but some have (not) been ordained and (pretend to) celebrate Mass outside of the official Church. Catholic clergy who support the women can face punishment (Yep, and rightly so.).
Timothy Brennan said his uncle didn't complain about the restrictions imposed on him.
"He wanted there to be equal rights for women, across the board ... ," Brennan said of his uncle. "He recognized them as the backbone of the Church." (Women and men are equal, just not the same. Equal, but with different roles.)
When asked about the possibility of women priests, Pope Francis has said "that door is closed." (Roma locuta est; causa finita est.)
(Fr.) Brennan's body has been donated for scientific research. (Perhaps scientists will find the gene for dissent and devise a cure for it. Oh wait, there is a cure for dissent. It's called obedience to the Magisterium of the Church established by Jesus Christ. It takes humility to submit to the authority of the Church. A properly formed conscience, i.e., a conscience formed in the Truth revealed by Christ and conserved by the Church, always recognizes the Truth. A properly formed conscience rejoices in the Church's proclamation of the Truth. Fr. Brennan's act carried with it the potential for creating much confusion and scandal. It is very saddening when a priest, no less, cannot or will not accept the legitimate authority of the Church.)