As stated on my profile, I come on this forum to ask “faith questions.”
So here’s a doozy:
Two big stories that were in the news and talked about on this forum last week re the Catholic faith that caught my interest and curiosity include:
- A poll conducted by CBS News/NYTimes that yielded the title: “U.S. Catholics Want A Younger, More Liberal Pope”
- A CBS news story titled, “Women Demand Greater Say in Future of Catholic Church.”
Both stories detail the topic of female ordination–the poll stating that a majority (69 percent) of Catholics want the ordination of women. Yesterday, the New York Times published a column by Roy Bourgeois, the (former) priest of forty years who was expelled from the priesthood because he supported the ordination of women.
I found his sentiments in the column very moving and sensible (short excerpt and link below).
Do any Catholics here on CAF hold similar views to those expressed here?
I don’t think so…
But why do the Catholics I meet out on the street, face to face, seem to have one belief system, similar to Roy Bourgeois…and the Catholics here on CAF seem to have another that is vastly different?
It feels as though there exists two extreme groups in the Church with opposing beliefs, and the one on the street looks to be the majority?
Who are the “real” Catholics?
If you have a moment, please read the entire column by Father Bourgeois, below, and tell me what you think.
My Prayer: Let Women Be Priests
By ROY BOURGEOIS
March 20, 2013
AFTER serving as a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years, I was expelled from the priesthood last November because of my public support for the ordination of women.
Catholic priests say that the call to be a priest comes from God. As a young priest, I began to ask myself and my fellow priests: “Who are we, as men, to say that our call from God is authentic, but God’s call to women is not?” Isn’t our all-powerful God, who created the cosmos, capable of empowering a woman to be a priest?
Let’s face it. The problem is not with God, but with an all-male clerical culture that views women as lesser than men. Though I am not optimistic, I pray that the newly elected Pope Francis will rethink this antiquated and unholy doctrine.
I am 74 years old. I first felt God calling me to be a priest when I was serving in the Navy in Vietnam. I was accepted into the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in New York and was ordained in 1972. After working with the poor of Bolivia for five years, I returned to the United States. In my years of ministry, I met many devout Catholic women who told me about their calling to the priesthood.
Their eagerness to serve God began to keep me awake at night. As Catholics, we are taught that men and women are created equal: “There is neither male nor female. In Christ you are one” (Galatians 3:28)…
Here’s the link for the entire column: