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The Sad End of the Priestly Ministry of Mr. Roy Bourgeois Comments

Disobedience and preaching against the teaching of the Catholic Church about women's ordination led to his excommunication, dismissal and laicization. Then Fr. Bourgeois engaged in an obstinate crusade which involved public and direct defiance of the Holy See and a repudiation of the unbroken teaching of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church concerning sacred ordination.  Continue Reading

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  1. Emma
    2 years ago

    xyz...if anyone is sending the message to women that they are "not good enough ", it is being sent by those promoters of ordination for women! Do you mean to tell me that just because I cannot be a priest I'm of less value in the eyes of God? Sounds weird, but I entered the Catholic Church from the Assembly of Wicca, ultimate of feminine practices. Yet even their women clergy call themselves priestesses, not priests! I never heard a Wiccan Priestess complain because they couldn't be a priest! Bizarre how these Catholic Sisters whine over the one thing that they can't have, like children denied candy before dinner. Maryknoll is always recruiting for work in foreign missions. Oh, but wait, they don't want to "serve ". They want the title. By their aggressive nature they give proof of the lack of humility demanded of the priesthood. And, for the record, I have never been treated as a lesser person by anyone in the church, nor do I think of myself as one!

  2. robert lattin
    2 years ago

    He is either with God or against God. Apparently he wants to set his own agenda and has done so for many years. During those years, he has confused so many people that their faith is in jeopardy.

  3. Ed
    2 years ago

    Interesting to see the pros and cons in regards to the excommunication of this priest. Those who oppose this action clearly view themselves as those not required to submit to Christ; for the apostolic succession notes the authority of the Church in assessing such matters. Either their pride inserts itself in place of Christ and declares its own authority, or they see the Church not as the final authority, but their own ego and conscience.

    The engagement of good discourse on the matters of the day are crucial for maintaining the balance and correct course of the Church, but once all things are said we must all submit to Him, and move on. In other words, "get over yourself".

  4. xyz
    2 years ago

    Mr bourgeois said "For me, the real scandal is the message we are sending to women: you're not equal, you cannot be priests, you're not worthy."
    Before he made such a claim he should have first considered why Jesus did not appoint women as his apostles? was he telling women you are not equal and not worthy therefore you cannot be priest? certainly not!

  5. Rizzo The Bear
    2 years ago

    All praise to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost for a wise decision! God Bless The Holy Father and Maryknoll! You've handled this sad, sorry affair brilliantly.

    I, for one, am sick to the back teeth of these 'turbulent priests' and nuns who display the same attitude and behaviour of old-age hippies towards the Roman Catholic Church, Her Teachings and The Magisterium. The funny part of it is... they ARE old!

    Why don't they grow up, wise up, get real and wise up with REAL Roman Catholic education?

    Too much to ask, really, but we live and pray...

    In Ireland, there's the hopelessly out-of-date Association of Catholic Priests whose members - I'm pretty sure - are heading for the same fate as Mr Bourgeois. A number of them have already been warned by the CDF and one of them is still moaning publicly about being 'told off'!

    A few more of the same measures as what happened with Mr Bourgeois wouldn't go amiss... and make them public!

    Oh, by the way ... Why the sympathy from some of you posters for Bourgeois and wagging a finger at the Church for 'being so mean' to him?


    It's not as though Bourgeois wasn't given enough opportunities to reconcile and examine the true definition of obedience. It's not as though he wasn't aware of the consequences of his actions. He knew what he was doing was wrong and went ahead.

    The rebel angels defied God and were cast into hell for all eternity. Would you dare call Almighty God 'mean' for taking such action?

    Ha! I'd like to see you try!

  6. Emma
    2 years ago

    @Pam.....I for one am fed up with the tired argument re. pedophile priests! The church didn't act then as it should have, that is true, but is that reason for it to not act now? These are two unrelated issues : however this seems to be the only argument that those seeking to dismantle the Catholic Church seem capable of espousing. I purport that this man was not as much following his conscience as he was overcome by pride and caught in a web that he then, sadly, could not extricate himself from. As for sexual abuse : women, also sexually abuse children, therefor that argument, in this scenario becomes invalid. If physicians sexually abuse their patients, does that indicate that the licensing laws should be made less stringent? or perhaps you're arguing that I should never enter a hospital or seek medical care on the basis that "some " doctors have sexually abused their patients? You make no sense. The two are not related.

  7. Pam
    2 years ago

    He is a courageous man and will be made a saint someday . He is following his conscience. He has not abandoned the church. the Church has abandonned him. Pedophile priests got better treatment than he.

  8. vance
    2 years ago

    My reaction is, "What took them so long?" This is one anti-Catholic charlatan down and many more to go. I hope and pray that the Vatican will do some major house cleaning.

  9. Emma
    2 years ago

    I first saw this article on The Catholic Register Site and by the photos of those women posting in favor of women's ordination couldn't help but note that a majority appeared to be women in their 60's or 70's. More than one identified herself as a woman priest. Anyone on that site who disagreed was met with a vitriolic attack. Certainly did not sound as if they were following Jesus or Roy Bourgeois's message of peace. What they don't seem to be able to accept is that the majority of young, well educated ACTIVE Roman Catholic Women do not aspire to the priesthood. There are other churches to join should a woman choose a clerical path. Some people were never taught the definition of the word "no ". Some never will accept that scripture passage defining the body of Christ consisting of many different parts, called to various purposes. All in our society is open to women except the priesthood. I for one prefer that when trapped in a burning building (metaphorically speaking) that it be a strong man who rescues me and carries me out. They sound as if their intent is not to serve the prince of peace, but rather the prince intent on sowng discord. Now, I am going to bake some pumpkin pies (from scratch) and get things ready for our holiday dinner and in so doing embrace my womanhood and celebrate my femininity! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. allain
    2 years ago

    Let us all pray for nikki, sue, dona, mr. roy bourgeois and their likes. at their age, sadly they are not yet enlightened and get lost the true meaning of obedience. why keep claiming roman catholic when you cannot follow the cardinal rule of the church, its teachings and traditions. if you have your own beliefs (and ambitions of course!) build your own church, rule it and do what you like. stay away from the genuine church of Christ, that dates back during the days of Christ Himself. you cannot fool us with all your deceitful ideas. better pray more and ask for strength and wisdom that you may truly understand the truth about the roman catholic church over your false advocacy in life.

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