Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Recant, recant ...

Pray, a minute's silence please for Roy Bourgeois, who has been unceremoniously ejected from the Catholic Church and Ministry for following his conscience, a course formerly recommended by the pre-Pontifical Ratzinger.

The saga is summarised in a post on the ACP site, and if you already feel strongly enough about the matter, or wish to have your conscience pricked, you could do worse than spare a half an hour to read Roy's book.

It is both a biography and an apologia. It is an inspirational and deeply moving read and a very clear statement of the irrefutable case for the Roman Catholic Church acknowledging women's vocation to the priesthood.

It speaks for itself.

I am silent.


  1. In a carefully worded statement, the Irish Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) have come out in unequivocal support of Fr. Bourgeois.

    This is a very brave move on their part, and it is made in the longer term interest of the Church they serve.

    It is reproduced in full below

    Statement of Support for Fr. Roy Bourgeois

    The Association of Catholic Priests (Ireland) is saddened and disappointed by the dismissal of Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood and from his religious congregation, and his excommunication from the Church that he has served for almost half a century. We believe that this type of action, ordered by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and implemented by the Maryknoll Order, is unjust, and ultimately counter-productive. Dismissing people because they have sincerely held views that are contrary to those of the Vatican, but which are widely shared by the Catholic faithful, will not end discussion and debate on these topics. In fact it will only serve to highlight the urgent need to face the problems around ministry in the Church. Participants in a year long ‘listening process’ in the diocese of Killaloe, a mainly rural diocese in Ireland, expressed the opinion that the ordination of women should be openly discussed, particularly in view of the projected shortage of priests in the next few years. Surely this is yet another of many examples of the sensus fidelium calling for change so that, in future, the Eucharist can be available to the Church community.

    We call on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to cease this type of abuse, to restore Fr. Bourgeois to the full exercise of his ministry and to allow for open and honest discussion on issues that are of crucial importance for the future of the Church.

    On behalf of the Leadership of the ACP:
    Fr. P.J. Madden; Fr. Sean McDonagh; Fr. Brendan Hoban; Fr. Tony Flannery

  2. An interesting letter from an Augustinian priest to his Bishop, asking the latter to outline the theological reasons for the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to the ordination of women.

  3. Now Fr. Brennan (92) is added to the list.

    The Church is tying itself in its own knots and is losing good people as a result.

    I wonder will a future church canonise them in due course?