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Santa Clara Univ. Presents Laicized Priest Who Helped 'Ordain' Woman

Update January 16, 2014: The title of the lecture that Bourgeois is scheduled to give has been corrected.

The University of Santa Clara’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is scheduled to host laicized priest Roy Bourgeois later this month, according to the Jesuit university’s website.

Former Maryknoll priest Roy Bourgeois was expelled from the Maryknoll order by a decree from the Vatican in 2012.  Bourgeois had been active in the movement to get the Church to change her age-old doctrine on a male-only priesthood.  That activity culminated in August 2008, when he participated in a ceremony to “ordain” a woman as a Catholic priest. He continued to express public support for this position after the “ordination,” and was repeatedly warned of the consequences of doing so.  He was excommunicated in November of that same year, and laicized and expelled from the order on October 4, 2012.

Bourgeois has received much support for his many controversial positions through the years from Jesuit and other Catholic universities.

Bourgeois is scheduled to deliver a lecture titled "The Struggle for Peace and Justice: A Story of Conscience and its Consequences."

The University’s website calls him “a prominent voice of conscience within Catholicism for decades.”

In more encouraging news, in February, according to the University’s website, the Center will host Helen Alvaré, professor at George Mason University’s School of Law, who has been one of the strongest pro-life Catholic voices in academia and is an advocate for religious freedom in the debate over the HHS mandate.

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