A Priest Takes a Stand on Sexism, and is Expelled by the Church

Friday, April 05, 2013

For hundreds of years, the Catholic Church’s policy has been to ordain men — and never women — as priests. Some call it tradition, but as Father Roy Bourgeois sees it, it’s plain and simple sexism.

Father Bourgeois spoke out about his beliefs. And then, last November, after 40 years in the priesthood, the Roman Catholic church expelled him for his beliefs.

Last month a new pope was installed in the Vatican. And Father Bourgeois hopes that Francis will consider changing the church’s policy.

Father Bourgeois is the author of “My Journey from Silence to Solidarity.”


Father Ray Bourgeois

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [4]

Lauren Mirow from Portland, OR

Thank you for this interview. So Insightful.
I am not a Catholic and when the guest was introduced I didn't think the subject would interest me. I came away feeling so inspired and grateful for people like Father Roy Bourgeois. Not only is he taking a stand for those within the church but for all people around the world. We need more men like him willing to stand up and condemn sexism. Thank you again for bringing light to people like this.

Apr. 07 2013 03:56 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

What do you do after you get thrown out of the Catholic Church for just speaking your mind? Why is debate not cherished?

Apr. 05 2013 12:20 PM
Danusha Goska

Thank you Takeaway for broadcasting Father Ray Bourgeois' beautiful, profound, and insightful statements on women priests in the Catholic Church.

I visited your website for the first time today in order to obtain a transcript. Everything Father Ray said was so true, so crystalline, I wanted to keep it.

Mary Magdalene was the Apostle to the Apostles. She was the first to preach the Good News of Christ's resurrection.

Junia and Prisca were among many early church leaders who were women.

Truly, without women church leaders and preachers, Christianity would not have come to be.

Apr. 05 2013 11:06 AM
Cristina from Miami FL

Mr. Bourgeois is mistaken on a crucial point, that Jesus "never ordained anyone." He certainly did, telling Peter "you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18) This is the basis for the priesthood and the papacy. Did he also forget the twelve (male) apostles? Anyone who is not clear on these facts has no business as a priest of the Cathlic church, mush less one trying to "reform" it.

Also you've done some unprofessional generalizing about the popes and women. John Paul II wrote an encyclical on the dignity of women in 1988 (Muglieris Dignitatem) thanking women in all walks of life, and encuraging thm to embrace their "feminine genius."

Suggesting that women must have access to the priesthood to obtain equality in the Church is absurd, and denies the value of the multitude of essential and uniquely feminine roles women play in the universal Church.

Apr. 05 2013 09:58 AM

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