A 92-year-old Milwaukee Jesuit is the latest American priest to be sanctioned for celebrating the Catholic Mass with a woman priest in violation of church teaching.
Father Bill Brennan, a longtime peace activist, has been ordered not to celebrate the Eucharist or other sacraments publicly, or to present himself publicly as a priest by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and his religious order, the Society of Jesus.
It comes three weeks after Brennan celebrated Mass with Milwaukee native the Rev. Janice Sevre-Duszynska during an annual protest at what was historically known as the School of the Americas at Fort Benning near Columbus, GA
This is the second Roman Catholic priest whom the Church has recently punished not only for having anything to do with women priests, generally, but also for having anything to do with this particular woman priest: Janice Sevre-Duszynska.
Roy Bourgeois, the now-former Roman Catholic priest who orginally ordained Sevre-Duszynska back in 2008 was, just very recently, removed from both his holy order (the Maryknolls), and the priesthood (laicized) because of it.
Bourgeois's laicization actually occurred in mid-October, but wasn't officially announced until mid-November. If I had to guess, I'd say that the Jesuits, in Brennan's case, were emboldened by what the Maryknolls so recently did to Bourgeois. More disturbing, though, is that suggested by it all is that the Roman Catholic Church is trying to so punish Sevre-Duszynska that it's now going after all whom it can who've ever had anything to do with her.
Such thuggishness by a church that's supposed to be teaching the love, compassiona, forgiveness and grace of Jesus Christ. What a both pity and shame.
On December 3, 2012, in an online editorial entitled "Ordination of women would correct an injustice," the National Catholic Reporter came out in support of Bourgeois.
That same editorial, under the headline "Correct an injustice: Ordain women" also appeared in the NCR print edition on December 7, 2012.
See, also, Fr Bourgeois's booklet entitled "My Journey from Silence to Solidarity," in which he deftly explains how he came to believe that women should be ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood:
http://www.roybourgeoisjourney.org/book/book.pdf (a PDF file)
Gregg L. DesElms
Napa, California USA
gregg at greggdeselms dot com