Radical Catholic priest and peace activist faces excommunication
A 70 year old Catholic priest who has led campaigns against torture, faces excommunication by the Vatican tomorrow following his active support for women’s ordination.
Rev Roy Bourgeois, from Georgia in the US, said he plans to visit the Vatican personally this week to lobby against the formal excommunication.
Bourgeois is a nationally known peace activist, and has been targeted by the Vatican for participating in a ceremony in which Janice Sevre-Duszynska, a member of a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests, was ordained.
The Vatican considers ceremonies for the ordination of a woman as a priest illicit and invalid.
According to the New York Times, Sevre-Duszynska is a veteran agitator for women’s ordination, and the 35th American woman to claim ordination from the increasingly vocal Womenpriests group. The Womenpriests group has been holding its own ordinations of women as priests, deacons and even bishops across North America and Europe, often in secret, starting in 2002 with a ceremony on a boat on the Danube River, reports the New York Times.