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Bernadyne Sykora, Corene Besetzny and Martha Sherman were ordained priests Sunday at a controversial Mass in St. Cloud, Minn. The women face excommunication for taking a stand against a Catholic law allowing only men to join the clergy. (Photo courtesy Tonya Wegner)

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Red Wing's Corene Besetzny said she doesn't like to think of herself as a rebel.

"I'm one of those people who does things quietly on the sideline," she said. "I just go about and do my work."


Putting her modesty aside, Besetzny stepped into the spotlight of an ongoing debate within the Roman Catholic Church by challenging canon law that allows only men to join the clergy.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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