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Rev. Roy Bourgeois Facing Excommunication Over Support for Women Priests

I have always supported Father Roy and the closing of the School of the  Americas.  I have met Father Roy on several occasions, here in Utah and at Ft. Benning, GA in 2007, as have many others of us.  Please  read the post from the Christian Radical below and consider supporting him in his support  of women being ordained into the Catholic Church.
 Rev. Roy Bourgeois Facing Excommunication Over Support for Women Priests

Bill Quigley
November 11 2008


Here is the latest communication, dated November 7, 2008, from Fr. Roy Bourgeois
regarding the threat of excommunication by Rome for refusing to stop speaking out in
favor of Women Priests in the Catholic Church.

I have also enclosed some action items with addresses where people can write. Please take
the time to read this and take action. Please feel free to send this to all the justice
people you know.

Bill Quigley

Rev. Roy Bourgeois, M.M.
PO Box 3330, Columbus, GA 31903
November 7, 2008


I was very saddened by your letter dated October 21, 2008, giving me 30 days to recant my
belief and public statements that support the ordination of women in our Church, or I
will be excommunicated.

I have been a Catholic priest for 36 years and have a deep love for my Church and
ministry. (…)

When I was a young man in the military, I felt God was calling me to the priesthood. I
entered Maryknoll and was ordained in 1972.

Over the years I have met a number of women in our Church who, like me, feel called by
God to the priesthood. You, our Church leaders at the Vatican, tell us that women cannot
be ordained.

With all due respect, I believe our Catholic Church’s teaching on this issue is wrong and
does not stand up to scrutiny. A 1976 report by the Pontifical Biblical Commission
supports the research of Scripture scholars, canon lawyers and many faithful Catholics
who have studied and pondered the Scriptures and have concluded that there is no
justification in the Bible for excluding women from the priesthood. Continue reading