Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Take Action for Roy Bourgeois


Take Action to Support Roy Bourgeois, Man of Conscience, Priest of the
People, Prophet for Justice in the Catholic Church"The Vatican Cannot
Dismiss the Issue of Gender Justice in the Catholic Church"

Yesterday we received the sad news that Maryknoll has chosen to dismiss
the voice of one of their own who has spent over 40 years of ministry
following his conscience and standing up for the oppressed.

Fr. Roy refused to be silenced when his conscience dictated that he
speak out, you can support him by sharing his story and continuing to
have conversations about the unjust power structures in the church.

1. Share the story. Fr. Roy Bourgeois has written a booklet about
his own faith journey and discernment of conscience. He encourages you
to use his story as a conversation starter with your own friends,
family and community.
Download a copy of his story My Journey from Silence to Solidarity and
use the book as a tool to break the silence on women's ordination
Order copies from me (All donatons go to Roy)
You can also send copies of the book to your
friends, priest, local news editor and others in your community.
Diane Dougherty add57@numail.org

2. Support Fr. Roy.
Send letters of support to Fr. Roy
P.O. Box 15057
Washington, DC 20003
2135 W Roscoe
Suite 1N Chicago, IL 60618

3. Pledge to continue the conversation. This holiday season,
pledge to share Roy’s story with family and friends and to talk with
them about the roles of women in our church community.

4. “The Vatican and Maryknoll can dismiss me, but they cannot
dismiss the issue of gender equality in the Catholic Church. The demand
for gender equality is rooted in justice and dignity and will not go
away.” ~ Fr. Roy Bourgeois

Our prayers are with Roy Bourgeois, man of conscience, priest of the
people, prophet for justice in the Catholic Church. In his response to
the Vatican Dismissal, Roy wrote:
" As Catholics, we profess that God
created men and women of equal worth and dignity. As priests, we
profess that the call to the priesthood comes from God, only God. Who
are we, as men, to say that our call from God is authentic, but God's
call to women is not? The exclusion of women from the priesthood is a
grave injustice against women, our Church and our loving God who calls
both men and women to be priests. When there is an injustice, silence is
the voice of complicity. My conscience compelled me to break my silence
and address the sin of sexism in my Church. My only regret is that it
took me so long to confront the issue of male power and domination in
the Catholic Church."

Let us support Roy Bourgeois, a courageous prophet, with our prayers
and by breaking the silence about women's ordination in solidarity with
over 150 women priests who are living justice in inclusive communities
now in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe.
Janice Sevre-Duszynska, ARCWP, 859-684-4247, rhythmsofthdance@gmail.com
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, 703-505-0004, 703-671-6712 sofiabmm@aol.com

Bridget Mary Meehan

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Yes, the Bishop IS correct.
In the bible, when we hear of the body of Christ, it says that there are many parts , but one body. We all have important, thought different jobs. Women were not created for this function( to be priests). Over and over again it the bible, it speaks of man as the head and Jesus was a man.
However, God's greatest creation was Mary, co-mediatrix, but ONLY, beacause of her humble fiat. It was her HUMBLE and OBEDIENT yes, that will crush the head of satan.

How beautiful...the humility of Mary.
Satan rebelled due to pride, and he will be crushed by humility.

December 23, 2012 7:45 AM
Diana Froberg said...
Say "YES" to obedience and humility. And see what Jesus will do for you. Our Lady said yes and with that yes brought life and Jesus to the world. Jesus did many things during His time that shocked people. In the Bible you often hear the word s " and they were amazed" or something of this nature. He also spoke with many people that He was not to, such as prostitutes, Gentiles, women bleeding, etc. point is that if He wanted women in the priesthood He would have chose one to be one of the twelve. He did not. He could do whatever He wanted to do, after all He was Jesus Christ. HE is the head of the Church. HE told the twelve that whatever they do here on Earth in His name is bound here as well as in Heaven, and whatever they loose here is loosed in Heaven as well. Please read the Bible, and hear God's word. The bishops that are in line with Rome are obedient. You need to be obedient.

December 23, 2012 8:37 AM