LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former nun and theology student will defy Roman Catholic law when she is ordained as a priest this weekend.
Rosemarie Smead will be ordained by the dissident group Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests Saturday at a Louisville church.
Smead, who is 70, was raised as a devout Catholic, briefly lived as cloistered nun and has worked as a college professor.
The Courier-Journal reports it will be the first such ordination in Louisville by the Women Priests group, which has been holding those services around the world.
Smead says "it's illegal, but it's valid."
Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says in a statement the ordination "stands in direct opposition to the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on the priesthood."