Portland, OR (PressExposure) March 10, 2012 -- In February of this year, five of the superiors of the Society of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers voted on whether to dismiss or retain Fr. Roy Bourgeois as a member of the Order of which he has been a part for forty six years. Two of the superiors actually voted to oust him, while the other three members abstained.
According to the Maryknoll website, for more than 100 years, the Society of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers has been at the forefront of social justices issues throughout the world.They have labored tirelessly to end poverty and oppression and to eliminate the structures that allow those systems to flourish.
We, Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP-USA), are deeply grateful to the many priests and brothers who have dedicated their lives to working to right the wrong of injustice.
It is, therefore, with great sadness, that we decry the fact that Fr. Edward Dougherty, Superior General of the Maryknoll Order and one of his assistants, Fr. Edward McGovern, voted to oust Fr. Roy Bourgeois from the Order for following the dictates of his conscience in speaking up and acting against an injustice, perpetrated by the Vatican, that forbids women to answer God's call to the ordained priesthood.
We continue to pray and walk in solidarity with Fr. Roy, whose life's work as a Maryknoll priest for more than forty years has been to challenge power structures that sustain injustice and oppression in the world.
We pray also for his Maryknoll community, that their minds and hearts may be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who empowers and liberates humanity.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA, Inc. (RCWP-USA) is a prophetic organization within an international progressive movement in the Roman Catholic Church. Its mission is primarily to prepare, ordain in apostolic succession, and support women who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to a renewed priestly ministry rooted in justice and faithfulness to the Gospel.