Priest Defies Church

Well, it looks like a priest has finally jumped the shark on the issue of women and priestly ordination. Mr. Bourgeois went so far as to preach the homily at a simulated ordination. 

This time the Holy See hit back:

“With patience, the Holy See and the Maryknoll Society have encouraged his reconciliation with the Catholic Church,” said a statement from the Maryknoll Society Nov. 19.

“Instead, Mr. Bourgeois chose to campaign against the teachings of the Catholic Church in secular and non-Catholic venues. This was done without the permission of the local U.S. Catholic Bishops and while ignoring the sensitivities of the faithful across the country.”

“Disobedience and preaching against the teaching of the Catholic Church about women’s ordination led to his excommunication, dismissal and laicization.”

Remember this quote. Trust me, the media will carefully neglect to inform us that this man was only dismissed from his Order and the clerical state after a long period of negotiations and attempts at reconciliation. Likely, it will be framed as a draconian move by ecclesiastical despots.