December 11, 2008
An American priest has evidently been excommunicated because of his active support for the ordination of women, and his participation in ceremonies simulating ordination. Father Roy Bourgeois received a warning from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in December, informing him that if he did not recant his position supporting women's ordination within 30 days he would face excommunication;
the Maryknoll priest replied that he would not change his stand. The Maryknoll Society has now confirmed that its leaders "did receive a confidential communiqué from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, and forwarded the contents of that communiqué to Father Bourgeois."
Source(s): these links will take you to other sites, in a new window.
- Statement regarding Father Ray Bourgeois (Maryknoll Society)
- Maryknoll: ‘Excommunicated’ (Natyional Cahtolic Register)
- Excommunication looms for American Maryknoll active in 'Womanpriest' rites (CWN, Nov. 12)
Previous posts on Fr. Bourgeois (here) and (here)
Photo of Fr. Roy in the middle of Susan Sarrandon and Sister Helen Prejean