Evergreene Digest: Roy Bourgeois | An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Any movement rooted in love, justice, and equality is of the Divine and cannot be stopped. And so one day our Catholic Church will have women priests and marriage equality.  I do hope, Pope Francis, that you will implement these changes as soon as possible.

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican

Roy Bourgeois, Religion Dispatches 

January 21, 2014 | Dear Pope Francis,

I have been inspired by your humility, love, and compassion. I was especially moved when you said, “I see the Church as a field hospital after a battle.”  You said the Church must “heal the wounds, heal the wounds.”

And so I ask that you reach out to the women and gay people in our Church who have been wounded by Church teachings that demean and discriminate against them. I ask this as someone who was expelled from the priesthood after 40 years because of my public support for the ordination of women in the Catholic Church (this happened just four months before you became pope).

Roy Bourgeois had been a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years when he was expelled at the end of 2012 for refusing to recant his support for Roman Catholic women priests. He is the author of My Journey from Silence to Solidarity (available at www.roybourgeoisjourney.org).

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Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, directed by Jules Hart, IMDb

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is a documentary film about the controversial movement of women seeking ordination in the Roman Catholic Church. More and more women are answering a spiritual calling to take on the vestments of priesthood and seek equality in the religion they love. These daring women have risked banishment, loss of livelihood, and even excommunication to take part in what the Church calls illicit ordinations. The Vatican has vowed to end this threat to the male hierarchy, even forbidding the mere discussion of female priests. The papacy has reached a time of crisis and the controversy over women’s role, and their place in the Church, must be addressed if the Vatican is to have any relevance in the 21st century.

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