At WaPo, disgraced ex-priest and expert whiner Roy Bourgeois has an op-ed piece. Roy’s fundamental problem is that he sees ordination as a question of power and “policy”.
Here is a sample paragraph:
I saw the exclusion of women from the priesthood as a grave injustice and, in good conscience, I could not remain silent. The punishment for raising the question of equality was severe – I was thrown out of the community that I love.
The typical dissenter’s refrain: “Me, me, me…it’s all about ME!”
Going on, Bourgeois tries to co-opt Pope Francis and his new style:
Perhaps the biggest change demonstrated by the pope’s comments is the sense of liberation among Catholics to freely discuss the many issues facing the church. The fear that led so many to keep their doubts about current policy to themselves under the previous two popes seems to have been lifted. However, Pope Francis’s pastoral tone should not be mistaken for pastoral action. We need mechanisms and forums for the official church to hear the voices of the laity, especially women & LGBT Catholics. The people of the church are talking but we need the hierarchy to listen to groups like the Women’s Ordination Conference, DignityUSA, and the majority of Catholics who support a church based on justice. We cannot allow for the inconsistencies of justice in Pope Francis’s comments to stand without speaking out.
I have questions for Roy.
First, what about a Transgendered Ordination Conference? Roy is being exclusivist. What about the Ungendered Ordination Conference? After all, people should be able to choose what they are without Roy’s prejudices against them.
Next, what about all the Traditionalist LBGT Catholics who follow, say, the SSPX? Don’t they have a right to be ordained too?
What we need is a big summit. We need a … a… conference!
We need a Traditionalist Ordination Conference! TOC!
This Conference will help prevent bishops from discriminating against Traditional Catholics who are convinced that they are called to the priesthood.
We need a color for our ribbons. I think the WOC (spell it backwards) uses pink, … for lots of reasons, I suspect.
Maybe TOC could use… scarlet? White and gold?
We need to get this going.
I see the exclusion of traditionalists from the priesthood as a grave injustice and, in good conscience, I cannot remain silent. The punishment for raising the question of equality has been severe – I was thrown out of the seminary and diocese that I love.
The discrimination MUST STOP!