Bourgeois take on the ordination of women

US priest Roy Bourgeois, who faces expulsion from his Maryknoll Order for his support of the ordination of women, gave this reason for refusing to recant:

"After much reflection, study, and prayer, I believe that our Church's teaching that excludes women from the priesthood defies both faith and reason and cannot stand up to scrutiny. This teaching has nothing to do with God, but with men, and is rooted in sexism."

One wonders what Fr Bourgeois has reflected on, studied, and prayed about. Apparently this examination did not include the question of how one can know for certain whether a particular viewpoint comes from God or from men.

Fr Bourgeois seems to be unaware that what he has been personally led to believe makes no difference to the resolution of such a question. Either God has revealed things or He has not. Either the Church has the authority to state definitively what God has and has not revealed, or she has not.

It ought to be obvious that we cannot know whether God has provided for the priestly ordination of women unless God tells us, any more than we can know whether there is such a state as Hell or whether the Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ These things are matters of the deposit of Faith, which we believe wholly on the authority of God revealing.

Dare I state the obvious? His attitude does not come from transcending ourselves and listening to God. Instead, it is the attitude of "a person whose political, economic, and social opinions are determined mainly by conventional respectability." Ironically, this is the definition of bourgeois.

FULL BLOG: A bourgeois solution to ordaining women (Catholic Culture)


Bourgeois facing expulsion from Maryknoll (National Catholic Reporter)

Roy Bourgeois (Wikipedia)

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