Continued Conversation on the Priesthood

This conversation site is about GoodPeople 2 GoodPriests. The topic today is on the potential removal of Fr. Roy, a Maryknoll priest, from the Roman Catholic priesthood. Fr. Roy supports women being permitted into the priesthood.  For those of us who love the priesthood of Jesus Christ, the removal of a priest who served in the missions and devoted his life work to God’s people is the topic of our discussion today. Should the belief that women should be priests be a reason to lose your priesthood? What is the role of a personal moral conscience for priests? Are priests’ loyalty to the church hierarchy primary over their moral conscience? These are important topics for us to discuss. Let’s hear from you. DrNick

Erin Hanna, Executive Director,

Women’s Ordination Conference

August 8, 2011

Maryknoll Priest Faces Removal from the Priesthood; Receives Second Canonical Warning for His Support of Women’s Equality in the Catholic Church

Under pressure from the Vatican, the Maryknoll Catholic religious order has issued a second canonical warning to Fr. Roy Bourgeois stating he will be dismissed from the order and his priesthood if he does not recant his support for women priests.

Fr. Roy responded to this latest threat : “As people of faith we believe in the primacy of conscience. Our conscience gives us a sense of right and wrong and urges us to do what is right, what is just. What you are asking me to do in your letter is not possible without betraying my conscience. In essence, you are telling me to lie. This I cannot do, therefore I will not recant. I firmly believe that the exclusion of women from the priesthood is a grave injustice against women, against our Church, and against our God.”

“The culture of bullying within the Catholic Church cannot be tolerated any longer,” said, Erin Hanna, Executive Director of the Women’s Ordination Conference. “It is contrary to the gospel itself to bully and dismiss faithful priests who dare to break the silence in support of women’s rightful role in the Church.”

“Jesus himself welcomed women as well as men into ministerial leadership,” said Jim FitzGerald, Call To Action’s Executive Director. “It is a shame our Church does not do likewise.”

“The Vatican does not excommunicate the pedophile-priests who have raped and sodomized Catholic youth, or punish the bishops who covered up these crimes. Yet, now in this outrageous action they stand ready to defrock Fr. Roy, priest of the people and prophet for justice who has served God for over 40 years as a well-known peace and justice activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, said Bridget Mary Meehan, from the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. Suzanne Thiel of Roman Catholic Womenpri e sts-USA affirmed: “Regardless of personal consequences, Fr. Roy refuses to be cowed by men who support an unjust law that knowingly discriminates against half the Body of Christ. He sees the face of Jesus in his sisters.”


5 Responses to Continued Conversation on the Priesthood

  1. Robert Stewart says:

    I agree with all the comments posted by Hanna, Fitzgerald, and Meehan.

    Also, I think Saint Paul made it clear regarding the theology that should be guiding us in this discussion: “For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28). Why are we continuing to make distinctions based on gender? What is the basis for that? And please do not respond that Jesus only ordained men. JESUS DID NOT ORDAIN ANYONE, MEN OR WOMEN. But clearly men and women were his disciples, and continue to be.

    Does this look like a Church, in the words of Pope Paul VI: “Imbued with the hidden presence of God”?

  2. Paul doesnt mention priests for there are no priests in the “church the Body of Christ” of which only Paul wrote and taught.

    The Body of Christ exists apart from Israel [which had priests.]

    The RCC has refused to acknowledge it, but Israel will once again have the temple and priests, And Christ will rule from Jerusalem.
    Rom. 11:13
    Rom.11:11, 15:16
    I Tim. 1:1, 2:7
    Acts 18:6

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  4. Speaking-Up says:

    From the above-mentioned comment: ‘What is the role of a personal moral conscience for priests? Are priests’ loyalty to the church hierarchy primary over their moral conscience?’

    Perhaps some priests are afraid of the consequences of ‘speaking-up’, as threats abound on the dangers of doing this? Perhaps their career affords them an opportunity for advanced education and old-age security? Perhaps some look to lucrative transfers and career-mobility as they move up the totem-pole. Perhaps some have bought into this ‘culture of death’ and are willing to perpetuate this cycle of abuse from the top-down? Perhaps there are some who nurture their vocation, in the crucible of suffering, and develop a personal relationship with God. Perhaps there are some priests of faith, courage and moral conscience such as Fr. Roy Bourgeois.

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