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Roy Bourgeois served as a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years as a member of the Maryknoll community when he was expelled at the end of 2012 for refusing to recant his support for women's ordination. A 2010 Noble Peace Prize nominee and founder of the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch, Bourgeois is also internationally known for his work to end U.S. government-funded combat training of Latin American militaries. He is author of My Journey from Silence to Solidarity, available on

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Sep 17, 2013

After serving as Roman Catholic priest for 40 years, nine months ago I was expelled from the priesthood and my Maryknoll community because of my public support for the ordination of women.

While being expelled from my religious community that I loved was incredibly painful, that pain doesn’t compare to the hurt endured by women and LGBT Catholics who have been marginalized by our church for centuries.

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