Pledge To Break the Silence on Women's Ordination This Holiday Season

Pledge To Break the Silence on Women's Ordination This Holiday Season

    1. Petition by

      Women's Ordination Conference, Call to Action, RCWP & ARCWP

Background: On November 19th, we received the sad news that Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a longtime peace activist and Roman Catholic priest, was dismissed from his religious order the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers because of his support for women's ordination. Fr. Bourgeois first came under scrutiny from the Vatican for his support of women's ordination in 2008 after delivering the homily at a women's ordination ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky.

Firm in his faith and conscience, Fr. Roy has since spoken tirelessly and bravely for the equality and dignity of women, risking everything to call out sexism in the Church. A Purple Heart veteran and Noble Peace Prize Nominee (2009), Fr. Roy is also known for his work with SOA Watch, a group he founded in 1990 to protest the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, a U.S. Army training school at Fort Benning, Ga., formerly known as the School of the Americas.

Pledge to Share Roy’s Story: This holiday season, over Thanksgiving meals and around Advent wreaths, Catholics will talk about justice and dignity for women in our church and our own rights to conscience and conversation.

We will not be silenced by this latest attempt to scare us; the Vatican cannot dismiss the conversation of gender equality by dismissing those who speak out. We will continue to share Roy's story, to speak our consciences and to talk about the sin of sexism.

By signing this pledge, I promise to share Roy's story this Thanksgiving or during the Christmas season. I will talk about the need for women's equality in the priesthood with friends and family with whom I haven't discussed it before.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Ways To Take Action

      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. Sign this pledge sponsored by Call to Action, Roman Catholic Womenpriests & Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, and Women's Ordination Conference.

      2. 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. You can also send copies of the book to your friends, priest, local news editor and others in your community.

      3. Support Fr. Roy. Send letters of support to Fr. Roy during this difficult time to: Fr Roy @ WOC P.O. Box 15057 Washington, DC 20003 or Fr. Roy @ CTA 2135 W Roscoe Suite 1N Chicago, IL 60618

      Roy Bourgeois M. M., My Journey from Silence to Solidarity, edited by Margaret Knapke.


    Reasons for signing

    • Lucy Anderson GRANGER, IN
      • 9 months ago

      Upon countless research, I have found no logical reason for women to be denied the priesthood. The Church has stretched a few doctrines on gender over the top.

    • pamela wilson BERKELEY, CA
      • 11 months ago

      I am not at all certain that my signing this is acceptable to those creating the pledge if I am not Catholic. However, as a gay woman who has received support from so many who are "straight," I wonder if support from outside the church might not be important--although I am certain that activism from within will be the driving force towards success. Regardless, I hope I don't offend anyone with my signature, and hope that you'll contact me at if it is contrary to your purposes or offensive. Meanwhile, I believe that what Fr. Roy says is true--women are called, and judging sincere service to God is something I wouldn't want to do. I'll leave to the One whose job that is. Meanwhile, I support every soul's freedom to make their own decisions and face their own consequences. I believe love will be met with love--but that's just a personal opinion. I wish you all well with your endeavors, and applaud your courage. With love and gratitude and hope for you and the future; with deep respect and humility-- Namaste, Pam

    • Andrea Iida SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 11 months ago

      The Vatican has nothing in common with the Catholic world. There are no women there. There also are only ALLEGEDLY single, celibate, childless, mostly white males. I say "allegedly", because these people can no longer be trusted...for reasons which we all know and which need not be expounded upon here. If you plan to run a Church, you need to have something in common with the people you are running. The current state of affairs has nothing of this sort. The Pope's survey proves it. Shocking questions by people who should know the answers given that they have been provided for years now. Let's get qualified people up there and fire the nincompoops and ne'er-do-wells.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      Because women's work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and we're the first to get fired and what we look like is more important than what we do and if we get raped it's our fault and if we get beaten we must have provoked it and if we raise our voices we're nagging bitches and if we enjoy sex we're nymphos and if we don't we're frigid and if we love women it's because we can't get a "real" man and if we ask our doctor too many questions we're neurotic and/or pushy and if we expect childcare we're selfish and if we stand up for our rights we're aggressive and "unfeminine" and if we don't we're typical weak females and if we want to get married we're out to trap a man and if we don't we're unnatural and because we still can't get an adequate safe contraceptive but men can walk on the moon and if we can't cope or don't want a pregnancy we're made to feel guilty about abortion and...for lots of other reasons we are part of the women's liberation movement. ~Author unknown, quoted in The Torch, 14 September 1987

    • wendy timberman HAMPTON, CT
      • 11 months ago

      We are the "priesthood of all believers."


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