VATICAN APPEARS TO BE ATTACKING OPPOSITION to SOA, JUST AS MUCH AS CHARGING THAT WOMEN HAVE NO ROLE IN LEADING CHURCHES
By Kevin A. Stoda
Democracy Now did a lengthy interview with Father Roy Bourgeois this past week on the surprisingly strong threat he has received from Pope Benedict to be excommunicated before this weekend if up if he doesn't disavow his belief and support of women taking over leadership and ministry of the Catholic Church.
Democracy Now describes Father Roy as a "Maryknoll priest facing excommunication. For the past two decades, he has [also] organized the annual protest against the US Army's School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia".
As DN interviewer Juan Gonzales, has noted: "The Vatican has threatened to excommunicate well-known Catholic priest and longtime peace advocate Father Roy Bourgeois this Friday unless he recants his support for the ordination of women into the priesthood."
WHY HAS THE VATICAN RESPONDED SO RAPIDLY IN THIS CASE?
On the one hand, it appears that there is possibly some disturbing connection between the rapid (i.e. 30-days notice) threat of ex-communication by the Vatican and Father Roy's politics siding with the poor and victims of torture.
NOTE: Is it paranoid to ask this question, Catholics: "Could it be that some Latin American or North American Catholics are angry at the good father for his siding so often with the poor and victims of torture?
This apparent connection is because the Vatican's response to the good father's letter promoting "women's calls to the priesthood" (i.e., to be supported and accepted by the Catholic church) has been extremely rapid-almost as though, marbles have long been lined up to fire at SOA Watch's major supporting priest in Fort Benning..
In contrast to the rapid response to try and expel him, Father Roy has asserted in his DN interview, it had taken male-church leaders in the Vatican nearly 5 decades to respond to the child abuse scandals, which have haunted the Roman Catholic in recent years.
On the other hand, it is possible that the Vatican has not been tainted by adverse or poison pen reports on Father Roy over past decades. Perhaps it is truly in fact only Father Roy's vocal-ness on women's rights in the church,--rather than his speaking for the disenfranchised--, which has put him on a crash course with the Vatican and/or Bishoprics of the Northern Hemisphere.
Father Roy explains his stand, "As a Catholic priest for thirty-six years, in conscience, I cannot remain silent about injustice in my Church. I and many have come to the conclusion that the exclusion of women in the Catholic Church is a grave injustice, and I simply must-I cannot, in conscience, accept the Vatican's demand that I recant my belief and my public statements in support of women's ordination. This is simply wrong."
WOMEN WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN SILENT