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.