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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


Today is the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It’s also National Blog for Choice Day

There are still folks and factions out there who want the government to dictate what a woman can do with her body. It’s not right. A woman’s body is hers and no entity or individual has the right to dictate what a person does with/to her own body.

Abortion, Life, the planet, and human existence

Yesterday I received and email from someone (whom I had never heard of or met, to the best of my knowledge) asking me my position on abortion.  Here is how I responded:

I support a woman’s right to choose safe, legal abortion and believe that reproductive  and health issues must remain a medical matter between individuals and their health care  providers.

The questioner responded back to me with something to this effect:
I’m sorry.  I pray that someday you will live up to  “I pledge allegiance to all life and its interpendent diversity.” (referring to my “Pledge to Life” in my left sidebar)

My response, via this blog only (I have invited the person who emailed me to continue the discussion on this blog so that others may also join in – the person responded to that email, after requesting no further email communication, with I understand. The truth is not always easy.):

This person obviously has an egocentric and narrow-minded view of life – “all life”.  While entire species and habitats, upon which humans rely for its very existence, are being destroyed and becoming extinct, this person is concerned with only one aspect of life – human life.  People like this expend energy on addressing only human life as if it were the end all and be all of life.  If humans died off, the world would not be in jeopardy. Life would continue to thrive ( dare say it would also not only thrive, but would be better off without the destructive impact of the human species….).   If the blue green algae dies off, as one example, humans are doomed.

“Life” began before humans.  “Life” is being destroyed by humans.  I suspect that the possibility exists that “Life” will likely re-generate itself after the human species dies off because of the destructiveness to “life” it in which it engages.

I encourage people to take some time and view the video clips on life at Global Mindshift.

Planned Parenthood Honk and Wave

I participated in the Women’s Health Rights Honk and Wave organized by Planned Parenthood on Wednesday.  This was in protest to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Federal Ban on abortion.  Mind you, six white guys have decided what the fate of women’s health issues are in this country.  Women, we have been raped.

Here are some photos:

Local Planned Parenthood members, including Rep. Chris Johnson, D-Salt Lake, center, protest on 600 South in Salt Lake City on Wednesday about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a ban on a late-term abortion. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News)
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News

Planned Parenthood Protests Supreme Court Ban of Partial Birth Abortions

April 25th, 2007 @ 3:42pm
(KSL News) Demonstrations across the country and here in Utah showed their opposition today to a Supreme Court abortion ruling.

In Salt Lake, women’s rights advocates held signs and rallied against the court’s decision to ban partial birth abortions.

It was just one protest of many several states organized by Planned Parenthood.

Demonstrators say the abortion ruling opens the door to lawmakers to make medical decisions for American women.

The recent ruling is the court’s first decision to uphold a federal ban since Roe versus Wade.

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The Salt Lake Tribune has posted a brief mention of yesterday’s rally that I attended.


(Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune )

Rally on H.B. 235: Abortion

Today a rally was held at the Utah State Capitol by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU to lobby for a “no” vote to H.B. 235, the bill that originally would have banned abortions in Utah, but has now been reverted back to being a “trigger” bill.

The prevailing message was that women must retain the right to do what they want with their own bodies and the way to avoid abortions is by providing sex education (and not just abstinence) as well as legal and safe abortions if needed.

Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs, Utah’s Radical Cheerleaders, of which I am a member, participated. Here is the appropro cheer we did:

Women’s care is second rate!
That’s not decent in our state!
We want access not debate!
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Utahns don’t want to spend money on abortion ban bill

I am cautiously optimistic after seeing this in today’s news: Abortion bill opposed: 52% don’t support spending millions on Roe challenge

According to a poll conducted by the Deseret News, a little over half of those polled do not want to spend money on this issue. I am optimistic because it means that folks are thinking now about what the government should be spending money on:
Services and Programs, not personal and moral issues. It’s o.k. not to believe in abortion. It’s not o.k. to spend millions of dollars taking away a woman’s right to have one.

If you read the entire article, you will see that there are lawmakers who won’t stop, though and that there are people stepping forward with tons of money to see that the bill goes through and that ensuing litigation is funded.

Where are these people with this money for food for the starving and healthcare for the poor?

Utah Legislators continue to “show women their place”

It’s bad enough that the men of our legislature are making decisions regarding women’s reproductive choices for women of our state. Now they are continuing to “put women in their place” by preventing them from other health care needs.

A House Committee killed a bill for healthcare that would potentially prevent a fatal form of cancer in women.

HB358 would have given the Utah Department of Health $1 million to educate females about cervical cancer and immunize girls and young women against it with the new Gardasil vaccine. Bill sponsor Rep. Karen Morgan, D-Cottonwood Heights, said she thought the bill would pass out of the House Health and Human Services Committee.
“Many people are afraid of something new,” she said. “I think these are individuals who are against immunization altogether. But this is the first vaccine to protect against cancer.”

Upon reading the article, it is clear that conservative lobbyists in this state have had influence over the death of this bill because heaven forbid we provide any kind of education on health care to young girls and teenagers.

They might learn something and that would be (gasp!)unthinkable.

So women of Utah remember your place.

Thoughts on Abortion

A Maine physician has had a post published on Common Dreams:What it Meant When Abortion Was Illegal.

He describes the anger and frustration on the part of his father, a physician who was also a Republican, family man, and well respected community member, when he couldn’t save a 16 year old from an abortion-gone-wrong by an unskilled abortionist in the early 1900’s.

The article speaks for itself.

Iraqi Women’s Radio Station spokeswoman to speak in SLC

I learned from today’s Deseret News that Salt Lake has a women’s radio station: KUTR AM-820. I never knew this! An article in today’s D-News about an Iraqui Women’s Radio Station revealed this.

The article is about the Iraqi women’s radio station seeking support. It’s spokeswoman, Bushra Jamil, a human rights officer in Baghdad, will speak the the Salt Lake City Main Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19; at the University of Utah’s Women’s Resource Center on Thursday, April 20, at noon; and on Friday at the university’s Hinckley Institute of Politics at noon.

There’s a sense of urgency on Radio Al-Mahaba, Baghdad’s “Voice of Iraqi Women.” The station, which debuted a year ago, wants to educate women about their rights in a country where those rights are in a state of flux. It also gives Iraqi women a chance to express their opinions on everything from husbands to politics.

“We tell about their dreams, their suffering, their hopes,” explained Radio Al-Mahaba spokeswoman Bushra Jamil in a phone call from Baghdad. Jamil will be in Salt Lake City next week, where Utah friends she has never met are hoping to raise enough money to replace Al-Mahaba’s transmitter, destroyed by a bomb last fall.
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