Prästen och fredsaktivisten Roy Bourgeois – som gett sitt stöd åt kvinnliga präster – har av Troskongregationen avskedats från sin orden Maryknoll  som han tillhört 45 år .


The Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith
Canonically Dismisses Roy Bourgeois

Maryknoll, New York – November 19, 2012 – The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on October 4, 2012, canonically dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, also known as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. The decision dispenses the Maryknoll priest from his sacred bonds.

As a priest during 2008, Mr. Bourgeois participated in the invalid ordination of a woman and a simulated Mass in Lexington, Kentucky. With patience, the Holy See and the Maryknoll Society have encouraged his reconciliation with the Catholic Church.

Instead, Mr. Bourgeois chose to campaign against the teachings of the Catholic Church in secular and non-Catholic venues. This was done without the permission of the local U.S. Catholic Bishops and while ignoring the sensitivities of the faithful across the country. Disobedience and preaching against the teaching of the Catholic Church about women’s ordination led to his excommunication, dismissal and laicization.

Mr. Bourgeois freely chose his views and actions, and all the members of the Maryknoll Society are saddened at the failure of reconciliation. With this parting, the Maryknoll Society warmly thanks Roy Bourgeois for his service to mission and all members wish him well in his personal life. In the spirit of equity and charity, Maryknoll will assist Mr. Bourgeois with this transition.”

”Dominican Fr. Tom Doyle, a canon lawyer acting on Bourgeois’ behalf, told NCR he was not aware of the move.   Doyle said he and Bourgeois met with Maryknoll’s superior general, Fr. Edward Dougherty, in June, and the issue of dismissal had not been discussed.  The idea then was that things would continue and they would not dismiss Roy and they would continue to dialogue,” Doyle said. ”And then this just happened, unilaterally. [Bourgeois] had no idea.”

// Irène

PS  Tom Doyle, Roy Bourgeois juridiska ombud,  säger sig vara förvånad över beslutet då det   ända fram till juni pågick positiva förhandlingar mellan Roy Bourgeois och hans överordnade.

Jag är dock inte förvånad med tanke på att i juli fick Troskongregationen sin nye handlingskraftige prefekt biskop Müller från Regensburg.

B16 visste vad han gjorde när han utnämnde Müller.  Nu skulle det vara slutsnackat och inget mer tjafs om kvinnliga präster. Åtminstone inte under hans pontifikat.

Med Roy Bourgeois  som ett varnande exempel hoppas Müller kunna infria B16  önskan om en kvinnoprästfri ålderdom.