Tuesday, October 18, 2011

US Priest Marching to Vatican Detained by Police; Wanted to Give Petition Supporting Women Priests

The Huffington Post website reports today (October 18, 2011) that a U.S. Catholic priest -- who supports the ordination of women priests in the Catholic Church -- was detained by police yesterday, while marching to the Vatican to press the Holy See to lift its ban on women priests.

The Rev. Roy Bourgeois -- and about a dozen of his supporters -- were prevented by police from entering the piazza, and told to take down their banners since they did not have a protest permit.

When the group resisted police from taking down their banners, Bourgeois and two supporters were taken away in police cars. The three were detained -- but not arrested -- at a Rome police station, and released after two hours.

Bourgeois and members of the Women's Ordination Conference had come to Rome to deliver a petition signed by some 15,000 people backing Bourgeois, who is facing dismissal from his Maryknoll order for his support of women's ordination.

Catholic teaching emphatically stipulates that the priesthood is reserved for men, since Christ chose only men as His apostles.

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