I expect you have now read the Sandro Magister piece on the “Roman Catholic Womenpriests” movement. It appears that there have been more than a dozen attempts to ordain women to the priesthood, and that some have even attempted ordination to the episcopate. They claim that they have 150 other women ready to make the same attempt.
Of course, it is quite clear that none of these are real priests or bishops, and certainly they do not operate within the institution we know of as “The Catholic Church”. They, and those who participated in their ordinations, are all excommunicated latae sententiae. They are not, and never will be, in communion with the Bishop of Rome. They might one day even attempt to set up their own papacy (who knows?) – with the result being some sort of mix between the madness of the sedevacantists and the myth of Pope Joan – but it will always be perfectly clear that this group of people is NOT the Catholic Church.
Nevertheless, they are active and calling themselves “Catholic” priests and bishops. And they seem to be attracting congregations. So, what effect would this have if this “movement” really got off the ground?
The result would be two-fold:
1) a new “ecclesial community” would be formed (has been?), without valid orders or sacraments, and therefore without the true character of a “local church”
2) A good number of dissenters (but possibly not as many as we might think – dissenters, despite all their complaints, show a marked reluctance to leave the Catholic Church – they can tell the difference between the real deal and imposters) will leave the Catholic Church for the “Womenpriests Church”. Thereby shifting the balance in the pews of the Catholic Church toward the position of faithfulness to the magisterium.
An interesting thing about the Chiesa.com piece is the claim that real, active bishops in the Church have been involved in these ordinations. The ordained women are keeping mum about the identity of their ordinators. Yet if they want to claim “validity” of their ordination, they really do have to be able to cite WHO ordained them (an ordination certificate at least should be able to be produced). So to substantiate their claims to validity, the identity of the ordinators must be put forward, and once that comes out, these bishops will be excommunicated, no? (Technically, they are already, which raises other interesting questions…)