Saturday 25 February 2017

Sin of sexism and the church

• While the Church of England failed to allow women to become bishops by a mere six votes, we in the Catholic Church face Herculean efforts to even allow the open discussion of the possibility of women's ordination to the priesthood, as shown by the totally disproportionate sanctions handed down by the Vatican against clerics who conscientiously oppose this position.

Within the past week an American priest, Fr Roy Bourgeois, who is internationally known for his work on human rights in Latin America, has been excommunicated, dismissed from the priesthood and laicised by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith.

The serious crime that this priest, who has given 40 years to the Catholic priesthood, committed to warrant the ultimate sanction of excommunication from the Catholic Church was not paedophilia or murder but his attendance at the ordination of a Catholic woman to the priesthood.

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