Fr. Roy Bourgeois has 30 days to recant on women's ordination

...Or the Maryknoll priest faces excommunication, according to the CDF. NCR has the story, based on a letter Bourgeois sent to the Vatican.

According to Bourgeois letter, which is dated Nov. 7, the congregation has given the priest 30 days to recant his belief and public statements that support the ordination of women in our Church, or (he) will be excommunicated. The letter indicates that Bourgeois received notification from the congregation Oct. 21.Bourgeois, a priest for 36 years, attended the ordination of Janice Sevre-Duszynska in Lexingon, Ky., Aug. 9 and preached a homily.If Bourgeois is excommunicated at the end of 30 days, that would come just before the mass rally and protest against the U.S. Armys School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga., that Bourgeois has organized for 19 years. In recent years, more than 15,000 people, many of them Catholic university students, have joined the three daylong rally and demonstration.

Question: Is holding his view on women's ordination an "excommunicable" offense? Some might respond reflexively yes--or no--but there must be a canon firing in here somewhere. Or is it because he is a priest, in particular?

David Gibson is the director of Fordham’s Center on Religion & Culture.

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