My Prayer: Let Women Be Priests
Opinion piece by Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Published: March 20, 2013 NY Times
AFTER serving as a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years, I was expelled from the priesthood last November because of my public support for the ordination of women.
Catholic priests say that the call to be a priest comes from God. As a young priest, I began to ask myself and my fellow priests: “Who are we, as men, to say that our call from God is authentic, but God’s call to women is not?” Isn’t our all-powerful God, who created the cosmos, capable of empowering a woman to be a priest?
Let’s face it. The problem is not with God, but with an all-male clerical culture that views women as lesser than men. Though I am not optimistic, I pray that the newly elected Pope Francis will rethink this antiquated and unholy doctrine.
Albany Witness at Chrism Mass 3-21-13:
Faithful Catholics Concerned and Upstate NY Call to Action Present a Symposium/Workshop Day:
Surviving as a People of God
Mission vs. Retrenchment: Vatican II in our Changing World
Keynote Speaker: Rev. John Sivalon, MM, Immediate Past General Superior, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.
When: Saturday April 20, 2013 from 9:30 am till 5:00pm
What: Symposium/Workshop Day
Where: Hillside Building, 101 East Avenue, corner of Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse, NY
How much: $10 registration fee (includes box lunch). Pre-registration encouraged. 315-472-9934×4 or email@example.com
Contact: Bill Collins 315-445-4880
Where: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, NY
When: Thursday evening March 21, 2013 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
NOTE: Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester will also have Chrism Mass events. Use the appropriate contact links above for information on these events.
Call to Action and The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests join together in witnessing for women at the time of the Diocesan Chrism Mass. Bring your signs, bring your friends. Let us express the hope that the new Pope will respond to women’s voices.
This Mass is a very public gathering of clergy and/or their representatives from around the diocese to witness the blessing of the holy oils by the bishop. The oils are then brought back to each parish for sacramental use throughout the year. Indeed, the timing of this ceremony makes the oils available for the initiation of new members of the church during the Easter Vigil.
In more recent history this ceremony has taken on an added significance for the clergy of the Catholic Church. While gathering joyfully in one place clergy are able to renew their promises to the bishop similar to the annual renewal of vows practiced by many religious communities. In fact, in the eyes of many this has become the primary focus of the Chrism Mass.
As a celebration of the ordained, this occasion is a sharp reminder to those left out that ordination is not offered to women in the Catholic Church. The Chrism Mass has become an instrument of celebrating and maintaining the patriarchal structures of the institutional church and is a symbolic reminder that women’s voices are not heard on numerous issues affecting Catholic women faithful and women in general.
In order to state these issues more publicly CTA members stand in unity with Fr. Roy Bourgeois and Roman Catholic Women Priests and provide a witness outside the Cathedral at the time of the Chrism Mass in numerous dioceses.
The Witness for Women will take place in Albany on Thursday evening March 21, 2013 at 6:00pm till 7:00pm in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. All CTA members and friends are invited to participate.
For more information please contact Steve Powers at (518) 370-1615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upstate NY CTA is most grateful that Fr. Roy’s talk in Endicott, NY was able to be recorded professionally by Wilton Vought. Please click this link for the full hour talk: http://othervoicesotherchoices.blogspot.com/2013/02/father-roy-bourgeois-priest-speaks-his.html