I've been absent here for a few days. We leave the Midwest in ten days. We're packing--everything must go with us or get boxed up and carried to the basement. It is a hassle, and I revert to my worse self at times like these. I worry I'll forget something vital. I don't take time to blog...or to read your blogs. Mr. B.E. and I argue. I'm stressed.
Worse, I'm seriously bummed out by the latest news about Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois. You may remember I praised his courageous pro-women's ordination stance here in mid-August. His order did their best to protect him, but the long arm of the Vatican reached across the Atlantic and gave him 30 days to recant his statement supporting women's ordination or face excommunication.
Roy wrote back, a response that pretty well seals his fate. I'm sure he was prepared for this consequence and had not acted hastily. Given the state of the Church, he knew his act would be seen as provocative. But...what a state of affairs this reveals.
Let the Roman Catholic Church publish all the flowery and coyingly sweet statements it wants on the value of women. The action here overrides anything they write. I know of no perpetraitors of the sexual assault of children who were excommunicated. Perhaps there were some; I don't track it carefully. But WTF?? Simply to support women's ordination is grounds to kick ya out??? What kind of mysogynist outfit are they trying to run? This makes their negativity toward women...[or is it an insane grasp on leadership power?]...immanently clear to me--and to anyone else who cares to look. I say, "Let the world look. See and judge for yourself."
Some of my friends are personal friends of Roy's. Everyone I know respects him, as do I. Read his statement to the Vatican, and I think you will too. I privately consider his action of support for women's ordination as a sort of spiritual martyrdom act--giving up his life in the Church in a symbolic statement for what he sees as moral. It is his last gasp. He's giving everything but his life to make the point.
Some people are organizing to write to the Vatican. Roy encourages us to speak up; silence is complicity, he reminds us. But I am seriously bummed out, and I think I will save my energy for something more productive. I'm giving up on the Church. I think I've been hanging out in the vestibule, and this might be the usher opening the door out for me.
ACTIONS TO SUPPORT - Rev. Roy Bourgeois
Some have asked for addresses to write their support of Father Roy and to ask that he not be excommunicated. Petitions are also appropriate.
Please write or fax or email to Pope Benedict XVI, and/or the Pope’s Ambassador to the U.S., the Apostolic Nuncio, and/or the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith, the group that is moving toward excommunication of Fr. Roy Bourgeois, and/or the leaders of the Maryknoll Order.
Their addresses are below.
Please send a cc of any message or petitions you send to:
Bill Quigley – Attorney for Fr. Roy Bourgeois 7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 902 New Orleans, LA 70118 firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDRESSES TO WRITE:
Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio 3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W, Washington, DC Telephone: (202) 333-7121 - Fax: 337-4036
Pope Benedict XVI 00120 Via del Pellegrino Citta del Vaticano, Europe The Pope’s email address is: email@example.com FAX from USA: 011-39-06698-85378
Congregation for Doctrine of Faith Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11, 00193 Roma, Italy Telephone: 06.69.88.33.57; 06.69.88.34.13 - Fax: 06.69.88.34.09
Superior General, John Sivalon at firstname.lastname@example.org and to the three-member Maryknoll Council at email@example.com and/or fax to 914-944-3600
Write to: Maryknoll Council, P.O. Box 303. Maryknoll, NY 10545
Again, please send a cc of your message to:
Bill Quigley – Attorney for Father Roy Bourgeois 7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 902 New Orleans, LA 70118 firstname.lastname@example.org