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tisdag, augusti 12, 2008
Fr. Roy Bourgeois - rakt på sak
Tycker att den modige prästen som följde sitt samvete och deltog i mässfirandet i samband med vigningen av en katolsk kvinna förtjänar att lyftas fram i ett eget inlägg.

Så här uttalade han sig innan vigningen:

"For me it seems very right," he said in the interview. "I would have a problem sleeping at night in the future if I didn't put my body where my words are."

In considering the implications, he said, "I don't know how I could continue to be silent in the church, this is such a big issue for me.

"Over the years and listening to women friends – if one listens, just shuts up and listens to their stories, their faith journey and, in some cases, their call by God to ordination to the priesthood in the Catholic church – there is a problem for us guys in the church. What are we saying? God is calling us but not you? This is heresy. We're tampering with the sacred here."


In 1998, as he noted in his homily, he wrote a letter to the rest of his community in which he called sexism a sin. "As people of faith," he wrote, "we profess that God is all powerful and the source of life. Yet, when it comes to women being ordained, it seems that opponents are saying that this same God …. somehow can not empower a woman to be a priest. Suddenly, we as men believe God becomes powerless when women approach the altar to celebrate Mass."

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I sin predikan skriver han bl.a. så här (de två första notiserna är citat ur ett brev från 1998):

"In my 26 years as a priest, it is my experience that we need the wisdom, sensitivity, experiences, compassion and courage of women in the priesthood if our church is to be healthy and complete.


Just as soldiers in Latin America and inmates in prison abuse their power and control others, it saddens me to see the hierarchy of our church abusing their power and causing so much suffering among women. Jesus was a healer, a peacemaker, who called everyone into the circle as equals.


Now I have been a Catholic priest for 36 years and I must say, more than ever before, I am convinced that women should be ordained in the Catholic church.

The hierarchy will say, “It is the tradition of the church not to ordain women.” I grew up in a small town in Louisiana and often heard, “It is the tradition of the South to have segregated schools.” It was also “the tradition” in our Catholic church to have the Black members seated in the last five pews of the church.

No matter how hard we may try to justify discrimination, in the end, it is always wrong and immoral. As Reverand Nancy Taylor of Boston put it, “Prejudice in liturgical clothing is still prejudice.”

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