Thursday, January 16, 2014

Santa Clara Hosts Bourgeois

Then a Maryknoll, Roy Bourgeois
A talk by Roy Bourgeois, laicized Catholic priest and founder, School of the Americas Watch. Bourgeois has been a prominent voice of conscience within Catholicism for decades. He was profoundly affected by the Vietnam War. In 1972, he was ordained a Maryknoll priest. He then worked among the poor of Bolivia until he was kicked out of the country by its then dictator. Bourgeois was instrumental in founding the School of Americas Watch, an organization dedicated to shutting down the United States Army's School of the Americas because of the school's alleged training in techniques of repression of many officers of foreign military services. In 2012, he was dismissed by the Vatican from the Maryknoll order because of his support for the ordination of women as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
Link (here) to Santa Clara University's website
More on the excommunication of Roy Bourgeois (here)
The University of Santa Clara’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is scheduled to host laicized priest Roy Bourgeois later this month, according to the Jesuit university’s website.
Former Maryknoll priest Roy Bourgeois was expelled from the Maryknoll order by a decree from the Vatican in 2012.  Bourgeois had been active in the movement to get the Church to change her age-old doctrine on a male-only priesthood.  That activity culminated in August 2008, when he participated in a ceremony to “ordain” a woman as a Catholic priest. He continued to express public support for this position after the “ordination,” and was repeatedly warned of the consequences of doing so.  He was excommunicated in November of that same year, and laicized and expelled from the order on October 4, 2012.
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1 comment:

Qualis Rex said...

While Roy is absolutely a heretic, poor excuse for a priest and wayward human being, I actually admire Roy's stance on exposing the SOA, which was not only responsible for training in torturing/terrorizing civilian populations, but ALSO in de-Catholicizing entire countries (i.e. El Salvador, Guatemala etc), although one cannot dismiss or excuse the role of wayward priests and liberation theology here either. Hey...I guess we came full circle there.