Wow. They’ve been pretty much saying these types of things for many years but to publicly proclaim themselves pro-female ordination despite Church teaching, is still pretty shocking.
In a stunning editorial from The National Catholic Reporter in defense of the laicized priest Roy Bourgeois, the editors not only officially endorsed female ordination but called the Church’s teaching “unjust.”
Bourgeois was excommunicated and laicized from the Maryknoll order following his participation in the ordination of Roman Catholic Womanpriest Janice Sevre-Duszynska in August 2008.
NCR‘s editorial staff argues that, “Bourgeois, attuned by a lifetime of listening to the marginalized, has heard the voice of the faithful and he has responded to that voice.”
They conclude by saying, “NCR joins its voice with Roy Bourgeois and calls for the Catholic [C]hurch to correct this unjust teaching.”
In a statement approved by Pope John Paul II, the Vatican announced in 1995 that Roman Catholics must consider their Church’s doctrine that only men can be priests to be “infallibly” taught.