a VOTF kind of hero
Voice of the Faithful has nominated Father Roy Bourgeois, for its “Priest of Integrity” award.
The Vatican has nominated Father Bourgeois for excommunication.
VOTF praises the Maryknoll priest for his “dedication to changing structures that are unjust.” Father Bourgeois incurred latae sententiae excommunication for participating in the attempted ordination of a woman. Undaunted by the threat of canonical penalty, he says that the Church’s failure to ordain women as priests amounts to “spiritual assassination.”
So evidently one of the “structures that are unjust” in the eyes of VOTF is the Catholic Church. Which causes us to wonder—not for the first time—about the “faithful” for whom this organization provides a voice. What is it, exactly, that they are faithful to?
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Posted by: sparch -
Dec. 15, 2009 1:51 PM ET USA
I wonder if Father Bourgeois is as undaunted by penalty from VOTF as he is by the Church. I bet he is. Nobody likes being chastised by their friends.
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Dec. 14, 2009 8:23 AM ET USA
VOTF is not exactly a household word among Catholics. It's the Voice on a Soapbox warning that at any moment we will be attacked by rogue UFOs. Rather like Father Bourgeois come to think of it.
Posted by: Justin8110 -
Dec. 13, 2009 7:09 AM ET USA
As a recent convert I am astounded at just how many Catholics seem to think that they can wield authority over the Church and over the number of people that probably truly believe that the Church has to constantly change to catch the wind of the times. A true "spiritual assassination" is what these folks are doing when they try to create the Church in their image.
Posted by: DJM749 -
Dec. 11, 2009 9:44 PM ET USA
Themselves, and no other.