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Maryknoll order threatens to expel priest who promotes women's ordination

Catholic World News - March 30, 2011

The Maryknoll order has warned an excommunicated priest that he faces dismissal if he does not recant his public support for the ordination of women.

In August 2008, Father Roy Bourgeois, A Maryknoll priest with a long history of radical activism, preached at and participated in an "ordination" ceremony organized at a Unitarian church by "Roman Catholic Womanpriests." The ceremony was held just weeks after the Vatican issued a decree warning that participation in such attempted ordinations would bring the penalty of automatic excommunication.

Given a formal warning from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and a 30-day period in which to renounce his support for the attempted ordination of women, Father Bourgeois refused to change his stand. Now, more than 2 years later, he has received a warning from the Maryknoll order that he could be dismissed, and recommended for laicization, if he does not renounce his stand. The defiant priest has indicated that he will not recant.

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  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Apr. 01, 2011 9:19 PM ET USA

    That's actually pretty quick for the Catholic Church. Bye, Roy -- say hello to Bishop Spong and Father Jeannine Gramick.

  • Posted by: Baseballbuddy - Mar. 31, 2011 4:03 PM ET USA

    Only two years since the ceremony before the Maryknollers think about expelling Fr. Bourgeois? What's the rush?

  • Posted by: JARay - Mar. 31, 2011 1:37 PM ET USA

    I fully agree with Dover Beachcomber

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Mar. 31, 2011 11:15 AM ET USA

    Two years?? With not a glimmer of repentance? And now he gets a "final warning?" A pathetic display of lax discipline.

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