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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

Cynthia McKinney Seeking Green Party Presidential Nomination

I had the great fortune of seeing Cynthia McKinney speak at the Annual National Meeting of the Green Party of the United States this past summer and then meeting her at the SOA Watch event last weekend.  She will be working with me and others here in Utah towards a visit in the spring of 2008.  Below are videos and photos of her appearance at the SOA Watch event last weekend.

Cynthia’s websites:
All Things Cynthia McKinney
McKinney for President 2008

Cynthia McKinney, who is seeking the Green Party of the United States Presidential Nomination, attended the School of the Americas Watch Event on Sunday, November 18, 2007. She was a featured speaker on the stage. She was also among those who led the funeral procession after the funeral service.

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School of the Americas Watch Event – My Experience

There is so much to tell it’s hard to know where to start. The good news is that five Latin American countries are now officially School of the Americas “dropouts” (they will not be sending any more of their military to the SOA for training). The bad news: It’s still open and operating. But it’s getting closer and closer to closing down. Only about 6 more U.S. representatives are needed to vote to close it.

My experience is best told through photos and videos. I have posted videos at
Green Party Peace Network.
You can also view my videos at Youtube – search for “deesdotes”.

Photos Tom and I took can be viewed at the SOAW page of the Green Party Peace Network.

Here are a few things for “taste” of what I experienced:
Father Roy Bourgeois, Founder of the SOA Watch

Funeral Procession

School of the Americas Watch Event to Close the SOA

I will be posting photos here of my experience at the School of the Americas Watch Event last weekend.

In the meantime, you can see photos here.