Roy Bourgeois to be kicked out of Maryknoll and laicized for support of women’s ordination”.

  A letter dated March 18th informed Fr. Roy Bourgeois that he has fifteen days to recant his belief that women, as well as men, are called by God to serve as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Roy, a member of the Maryknoll community for over 40 years, and founder of School of the Americas Watch which protests year round at the gates of Fort Benning U.S. complicity in torture around the world, spoke in Toronto at OISE in November and with Fr. John Dear SJ at the Canadian Forum on Theology and Education in Waterloo in May 2010. Fr. Dougherty, the Superior General of Maryknoll, gives as one of...
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Of Gods and Men: A review by James Bowman and reflection by John Quinn

It’s still only March, but I don’t hope to see a better movie this year than Xavier Beauvois’s Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux), winner of the Grand — meaning second — Prize at last year’s Cannes Festival. It tells the true story of the Trappist Monks of Notre-Dame de l’Atlas in Tibhirine, Algeria, whose little monastery, a forlorn relic of the French imperial presence in that country, was invaded and the monks kidnapped and later murdered by Islamicist guerrillas in 1996. M. Beauvois does not sensationalize their deaths, however, and he appears to...
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Thanks, Hierarchy

Thanks, Hierarchy Believe it or not,I’m generally the Optimist in life. My many musingsabout the ills of institutional churchand its manipulatorsmight lead some to thinkotherwise, But I have a sense of gratitudefor these hierarchists,as they have enabled me–and based on feedback to my stuff-many others,to see rather clearlywhy these were the only peopleJesus could not stomach, those who lived hypocritical pious liveswhile holding all othersto external norms they created,restricting their approvalonly to those who did as they were told. It’s truly ironic,sadly humorous,that...
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Prophets in Their Own Church By Patrick Jamieson

  Patrick Jamieson is founding editor of Island Catholic News on Vancouver Island (1986) and author of three books on prophetic Catholicism including a history of Catholicism on Vancouver Island (1997), a biography of Bishop Remi De Roo (2002) and the current volume of investigative reporting The ‘Vindication’ of Remi De Roo, The Lacey Land Saga, Political Sea Change in the Catholic Church. I would say that it is generally perceived (or received) that the return to fundamentalism in organized religions is purportedly for the purpose of purifying the specific faith involved. The basic...
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from Oscar Romero

” A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth – beware! – is not the true church of Jesus Christ. A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good, so that they are secured in their sinful state, betrays the gospel’s call.” (1/22/78) — Archbishop Oscar Romero
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