The California Catholic Daily reports that Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest, joined in an attempted ordination of Janice Sevre-Duszynska at a Unitarian church in Lexington, Kentucky.
Bourgeois said he told his superiors that Maryknoll and other men’s orders need to be “open enough” and “have courage enough” to discuss with women the matter of ordination. “Can we can at least invite women in and just listen. Can we shut up long enough to hear their stories, their experiences of being marginalized in the church? Can we hear the pain they feel?”
Yes, we can discuss women’s ordination. Yes, we can hear their stories. Yes, we can hear the pain they feel (whatever that is!) etc, etc., but after all that we must remind them that they belong to the Catholic Church. They must respect the power of the Holy Spirit speaking to all of us through the Vicar of Christ and the Magisterium of the Church.
If Janice Sever-Duszynska must be a priest at any cost, let her join the Unitarian Church, where the attempted ordination took place, or some other religion that accepts women priests.