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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Conscience Is King

As evidenced by Fr Bourgeios:

Despite warning, Father Bourgeios firm on women's ordination

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Despite being threatened with excommunication by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Maryknoll Father Roy Bourgeois said he would not recant his belief that women should be ordained as Catholic priests.

"There's nothing that Rome can do to me to take away the peace, the clarity I have on this issue," Father Bourgeois told Catholic News Service Nov. 12. "No matter what the consequences, I feel I am doing the right thing."

Father Bourgeois sent a letter to congregation officials Nov. 7 outlining his stance on women's ordination and how he believes church "teaching on this issue is wrong and does not stand up to scrutiny." He said the issue is one of conscience and that he cannot recant something of which he remains firmly convinced.

Kudos to Cardinal Levada and the CDF. While this has already stoked the fires of inflamed dissident octogenarians worldwide, it's the right thing to do. Fr. Bourgeios is the latest 'martyr' for the CRONES, Call-to-Apostasy and other Wandering Tribes. Go ahead, canonize him. Extol the vices of a priest who stubbornly holds to his malformed conscience. God has given you over to your disobedience, so be indignant and act like the greatest injustice has been inflicted upon you. The purpose of the ex-communication, you is to make Bourgeios realize that he's in serious doo-doo...and, ironically, he does, because in the article he says: "The seriousness set in. It wasn't complicated. They said very seriously I had 30 days and if I didn't recant I will be excommunicated. That's pretty serious. That's pretty clear. No ifs, ands or buts." Unfortunately for him, he has decided to ignore Christ's Church and instead has made his conscience his king.

So go on worshipping at the Altar of Stubbornness and at the Shrine of Conscience and Feelings. When you're done with that, the Church will still be standing, ready to forgive you and receive you.