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Jesuit-run university to host lecture by excommunicated, laicized priest

Catholic World News - January 15, 2014

The Jesuit-run University of Santa Clara has scheduled a lecture appearance by a former Maryknoll priest who has been expelled from his order, excommunicated, and laicized, the Cardinal Newman Society reports.

Roy Bourgeois was excommunicated when he participated in a 2008 ceremony at which women claimed priestly ordination. His continued advocacy for the ordination of women led eventually to his being expelled from the Maryknoll order and laicized in 2012.

Bourgeois is now scheduled to speak at the University of Santa Clara’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics on the topic of Catholic feminism. Promotional material on the school’s web site refers to him as “a prominent voice of conscience within Catholicism for decades.”

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 16, 2014 10:12 PM ET USA

    This is a quintessential “test case” for Pope Francis. Are these “THE Jesuits,” his brothers, who are so “eager” to evangelize? It is true that he rules from Rome, and does not know all things, but this particular circumstance impacts directly on his credibility. Will he just continue past this, allowing this particular thing, this abuse, to take place, or will he at least speak, or even exert his authority to alter this situation?

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 15, 2014 8:59 PM ET USA

    The promotional material really contains only one error, albeit a rather substantial one. Instead of “a prominent voice of conscience within Catholicism for decades” the sentence should read, ''...a minor voice of dissidence without Catholicism for decades''.

  • Posted by: Japheth - Jan. 15, 2014 8:20 PM ET USA

    Minor correction: it's "Santa Clara University" not the "University of Santa Clara". They changed that back in the 80's to reduce confusion with some other California school that went by USC. Can't think of which one it was...

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 15, 2014 5:09 PM ET USA

    Jesuit schools run amok as the bishops play their violins....

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