Excommunicated Female Bishop From Kentucky Detained At The Vatican

Mar 8, 2013

VATICAN CITY - An excommunicated female bishop from Kentucky has been detained by Vatican officials for protesting the lack of women voices in the church as it prepares to select a new pope. Janice Sevre-Duszynska is one 150 women priests in the world who are not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.

Janice Sevre-Duszynska protesting at the Vatican
Janice Sevre-Duszynska protesting at the Vatican

Standing in liturgical robes outside St. Peter’s Basilica, Sevre-Duszynska unfurled a banner reading “Women Priests are Here” before being carted away by Vatican police. As a member of a group calling itself the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, she’s long been a vocal advocate for women’s ordination - and activism.

"When one becomes a priest, one gives one life for the community and works for the common good, works for the marginalized, deplores exploitation of any kind, and welcomes all to the table," Sevre-Dusznyska told WUKY in 2008.

She adds that the church’s exclusion of women from leadership positions is alienating the younger generation and causing them to leave the church. And while Sevre-Duszynska doubts this conclave will change much for women, she hopes her efforts, along with those of supporters, will influence policy once the church selects its next leader.