Over the past few weeks, I’ve been following the stories of a couple of my brother priests who are paying the price for standing their ground on matters of integrity to them. The interesting thing is that the consequences are coming, not from any civil authorities, but from the very Church they serve. Whether or not one agrees with the stands they are taking, it is notable that they feel these issues are important enough to risk all…
Here are some excerpts from the two cases, along with links to the full articles:
Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois has been threatened with excommunication by the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for his support of women’s ordination, according to a letter made public today.
With Proposition 8 on the November ballot, and his own bishop urging Central Valley priests to support its definition of traditional marriage, Farrow told congregants he felt obligated to break “a numbing silence” about church prejudice against homosexuals.
“How is marriage protected by intimidating gay and lesbian people into loveless and lonely lives?” he asked parishioners of the St. Paul Newman Center (Fresno). “I am morally compelled to vote no on Proposition 8.”
Then Farrow — who had revealed that he was gay during a television interview immediately before Mass — added a coda to his sermon.
“I know these words of truth will cost me dearly,” he said. “But to withhold them… I would become an accomplice to a moral evil that strips gay and lesbian people not only of their civil rights but of their human dignity as well.”