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Women Priests Activists To Challenge Pope Francis As He Meets With US Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Pope to be challenged at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on September 23

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Janice Sevre-Duszynska, 859-684-4247, is an activist priest with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. (See,

Roy Bourgeois, (cell) 706-570-5359, (home) 706-682-5369 is a former Maryknoll priest of 40 years who was excommunicated for his support of women priests. He is the founder of School of the Americas Watch.

Giulia Bianchi 646-66-26578 is an international photographer who will provide photos of the action.

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Five activists will do civil disobedience as Pope Francis meets with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning Sept. 23.

In the all-male clerical culture, men dominate the Church and see women as lesser. They see women as a threat to their power. This is a time for women to confront the patriarchy.

"As a Catholic priest for 40 years, who are we as men to say that our call from God is authentic, but your call as women is not," said priest Roy Bourgeois.

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"This is a grave injustice against women. When there's injustice, silence is complicity. We are here today to call for the ordination of women and to say sexism is a sin," said priest Janice Sevre-Duszynska, ARCWP.

The activists risking arrest are all priests. They are:

Roy Bourgeois (706-570-5739),

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