Bourgeois’ lawyer asks Maryknoll for ‘honest answers’

National Catholic Reporter

by Joshua J. McElwee | Nov. 29, 2012

Roy Bourgeois’ canon lawyer has written to the leadership of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, asking for “honest answers” about the order’s involvement in the Vatican’s dismissal of the longtime peace activist and priest.

Dominican Fr. Tom Doyle’s questions include what knowledge the religious order had of the move by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and why it hasn’t shared the official document from the papal office.

Bourgeois, widely known for his work calling attention to injustices in Latin America, had come under scrutiny for his support of women’s ordination. The Vatican congregation dismissed him from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, of which he had been a member for 45 years, on Oct. 4, the order announced in a press release Nov. 19.

The dismissal drew criticism from a former head of the U.S. missionary order, who said in an interview it represented interference “with the integrity of the society.”

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