The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has dismissed American priest Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his participation in the invalid ordination of a woman and "a simulated Mass," the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers announced on Monday, reports the Cstholic News Service.
The order said in a statement the canonical dismissal came at the start of October.
Citing Bourgeois' participation in the invalid ordination in Kentucky in 2008, the Maryknoll statement said, "With patience, the Holy See and the Maryknoll Society have encouraged his reconciliation with the Catholic Church."
"Instead, Mr. Bourgeois chose to campaign against the teachings of the Catholic Church in secular and non-Catholic venues," the statement said.
"This was done without the permission of the local US Catholic bishops and while ignoring the sensitivities of the faithful across the country. Disobedience and preaching against the teaching of the Catholic Church about women's ordination led to his excommunication, dismissal and laicisation."
Bourgeois could not be immediately reached for comment.
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