Georgia Priest Facing Excommunication

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia priest facing excommunication for
supporting the ordination of women says he plans to visit the
Vatican with a contingent of fellow priests and a bishop to appeal
the decision.

Roy Bourgeois, 69, a Maryknoll priest and nationally known peace activist, ran afoul of Vatican doctrine by participating in an Aug. 9 ceremony in Lexington, Ky., to ordain Janice Sevre-Duszynska, a
member of a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

Recent popes have said the Roman Catholic Church cannot ordain
women because Christ chose only males as apostles.

But Bourgeois asks, "Who are we as men to say to women that our
call to the priesthood is valid, but yours is not?"

He says Catholics profess that the invitation to priesthood comes from God.
Sevre-Duszynska said in an e-mail that she was told by a Kentucky bishop that she would be automatically excommunicated by her ordination.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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