Listen to the outsiders

The Pope & Bishops are in the news a lot this week. So lets bring it back to the survivors & outsiders. Their courage brought systemic abuse into the light.

My follow-up piece to Roy Bourgeois’ profile was published yesterday on the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration blog, MJB. Read the full piece, here:

Outsiders help the church grow

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Here’s an excerpt & main point of my piece:

“Roy was silenced. His voice was not welcome because it threatened the power of the all-male clergy, challenged the dominant narrative, and suggested that women could help heal the church. And for many of his previous supporters, this was enough to ignore him. The Vatican legitimized his ostracism, and if you personally benefit from the institutional church, then it removed the burden of having to bother with women’s inequality anymore.”

This piece is dedicated to all survivors of trauma caused by the institutional Church.

“As the discussion of systemic abuse continues this week at the Vatican, let’s pray for outsiders, for whom we are all indebted. It is through their courageous lives and the grace of God that institutional culture changes. Let’s pray for their strength to turn pain and betrayal into action. For it is only through action that they, too, can be free.”

My interview with Roy Bourgeois

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It’s always a good day when you get to interview one of your heroes! Roy Bourgeois has devoted his life to fighting injustice, and ultimately, it got him excommunicated from the Catholic Church. It only made him more interesting.

Check out my interview with Roy published on Patheos blog Sick Pilgrim!: Advocacy and Exile: Roy Bourgeois and the Fight for Women’s Ordination

& Check out this feature comic by artist Aubrey Inman, which illustrates an actual anecdote from Roy. He was only able to convince fellow priests to publicly support women’s ordination by writing into their wills that they would wear “Ordain Women” pins after death in their coffins. That kind of absurdity demands illustration.

Ordain Women Funeral Comic