Sadly, Fr. Roy Bourgeois learned recently that the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in October had dismissed him from the Maryknoll order and also released him from “his sacred bonds” (i.e., removed him from the priesthood). As Voice of the Faithful® noted previously, such action in response to an act of conscience stands in stark contrast to the Vatican’s failure to censure bishops who failed to act morally when it came to child abuse by priests.
For those interested in Church teachings on conscience, here is a link to the pertinent sections (Part III, Section 1, Chapter 1, Article 6: 1776-1802) of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Vatican website. Voice of the Faithful® also has published a study guide on conscience, Conscience and Excommunication: A Dilemma, which was first posted in 2008 when Fr. Bourgeois faced excommunication.
#1 by Thomas Reilly on December 1, 2012 - 10:55 AM
I’m an optimistic by nature.
Is there any chance that Voice of the Faithful (NCR?) can push for questioning what suggestions have been made by our Sisters and Brothers of other Christian denominations as to how we can help bring about Church unity? This idea is not something new either. Remember Pope John-Paul II asked for suggestions in his encyclical Ut Unum Sint for how we (all of us) can go about bringing unity among all Christians. i suspect that the manner in which the administration of the Vatican, as we are experiencing now, would not longer be acceptable. The removal of priests, if necessary, might be done in a more Christian fashion than we are not experiencing.
#2 by Voice of the Faithful on December 3, 2012 - 3:45 PM
Thomas — Thank you very much for your comment. As VOTF’s goals are supporting abuse survivors and conscientious priests and reforming the governance structure of the Catholic Church, the unity of all Christians, although most laudable, is not within our purview as an organization. You might, however, take a look at the international Focolare Movement, whose whole reason for being is unity, according to its website. — Voice of the Faithful