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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."

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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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