An excommunicated Roman Catholic archbishop continued his defiance of the
Vatican on Sunday when he ordained two married men as priests.
In front of a congregation that included nearly two dozen members of the media at the Trinity Reformed Church, Raymond A. Grosswirth of Rochester, N.Y., and Dominic Riccio, of Newark, were installed by Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo.
The ceremony, in a blue-collar neighborhood situated directly across the Hudson River from midtown Manhattan, concluded a two-day convention of Milingo’s advocacy group, Married Priests Now!
The wives of both men helped their husbands on with their vestments before each man was anointed. Grosswirth and Riccio concluded the ceremony at the West New York church by officiating over communion.
“I feel great elation,” said the 72-year-old Riccio, who lives in Barnegat with wife, Claire, and has four children and two grandchildren. “This is the culmination of 31 years of waiting.”
The men now will be able to perform the duties of a priest, such as administering last rites.
Grosswirth, 57, who has been married since 1994, recalled forming a group in Rochester in the early 90s comprising men over 40 who were interested in the priesthood, then seeing it dwindle down to nothing over the issue of celibacy.
Milingo has called celibacy “outdated” and noted on Sunday that it was not required of priests until the 12th century.
See? That black priest knows it’s not natural for a man to go his whole life without busting regular nuts. That’s why all those priests went bonkers on altar boys in the first place. Priests being married only makes sense. It’ll make the church a safer place, for criminy. The priests can focus on saving souls instead of losing their own.