Don't Dismiss Fr. Roy Bourgeois for Support of Women Priests
  • Petitioned Rev. Edward M. Dougherty

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Maryknoll Superior General
Rev. Edward M. Dougherty
The Vatican
The Pope

Don't Dismiss Fr. Roy Bourgeois for Support of Women Priests

    1. Petition by

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

We, the undersigned, support Fr. Roy Bourgeois, who faces possible dismissal from the priesthood by his Maryknoll superiors for speaking out in support of women’s ordination in the Roman Catholic Church.

We applaud Fr. Bourgeois' dedication to justice, including justice for women in the Church. We echo his words, "I cannot possibly speak out about injustice in society and at the same time be silent about this injustice in my church.”

The Vatican's stance on ordination is based on arguments that have been refuted time and again. In 1976, the Vatican's own Pontifical Biblical Commission determined that there is no scriptural reason to prohibit women's ordination. Our Catholic tradition teaches that sexism is a sin and excluding women from the priesthood is sinful. We urge Maryknoll superiors to support Roy and the majority of faithful Catholics who yearn for women’s equality in the church. .

Sponsored by the Association of Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Call To Action, Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA, and Women's Ordination Conference

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    1. Petition Delivered

      This petition was hand delivered to Vatican officials on Oct. 17th, 2011

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Catholic Priest Faces Dismissal for Support of Women's Ordination

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Father Roy Bourgeois, a Catholic priest of 39 years, felt obligated to speak his conscience -- and it told him that women should be allowed to be priests too. His outspoken opposition to sexist discrimination could cost him dearly, however, as he now...


    Reasons for signing

    • mary bobrowich SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The church needs to examine it's motives; women love God and want to serve Him to their capacity. All should be allowed to answer their calling.

    • Jose Gutierrez MEXICO, MEXICO
      • over 2 years ago

      Women exclusion from ordination is a remnant of male domination in cultures and societies in our species history. This has barely begun to change in the last 100 years. Will it take the Roman Catholic Church 500 years to change like it usually does to realize its mistakes?

    • Ivelisse Colon BAYAMON, PUERTO RICO
      • over 2 years ago

      Instead of punishing people because they follow their consciences, the Vatican should allow the reopening of investigations on women's ordination, so they can discover their mistake, and avoid an unnecessary schism.

    • Denny George BANGALORE, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Hats off to Fr. Roy Bourgeois who spoke out what he believed was right against what he was taught, which isn't what people do normally. Its time for the Vatican & the rest of the world to advocate women’s equality.

    • liz kerr JENKINTOWN, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Father Roy is the most Christ like person I have ever met. He is a true priest and should not be punished for supporting women serving as priests.


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