|Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP and Christina Moreira ARCWP in Rome delivering petitions|
supporting women priests
...."He has opted out of unwritten Catholic Worker protocol by inviting excommunicated former Maryknoll priest “Fr. Roy Bourgeois” (his priestly title kept in the invitation Cordaro sent out) to deliver a keynote talk titled “The Struggle for Peace, Justice and Equality.” Also on the program, the “Rev.Janice Sevre-Duszynska,” the also-excommunicated Roman Catholic woman priest with whom Bourgeois concelebrated a Mass in August 2008 that led to his excommunication.
Bourgeois and Sevre-Duszynska, who are among the most outspoken advocates of Catholic women’s ordination in the U.S. -- maybe the world -- will speak together on a panel titled “What would a more listening and non-judging U.S. Catholic Church look like for women?”
The events won’t be held at the Catholic Worker, but at nearby Trinity United Methodist Church. Sevre-Duszynska will also celebrate Sunday’s liturgy in a “lot across the street” from the community’s Dingman House.
As expected, Cordaro and the community’s decision to shine a spotlight on women’s ordination does not sit well with the Des Moines diocese, but it also is not winning Cordaro much praise within the Catholic Worker circles he has traveled in for the past four decades.
Because Cordaro in 2014 invited Sevre-Duszynska to celebrate a Mass at the Des Moines Catholic Worker, Bishop Richard Pates wrote to Cordaro that the diocesan Presbyteral Council had unanimously decided to withdraw the Catholic Worker community’s privilege to celebrate Mass.
“The members of the Presbyteral Council have appreciation for the legacy of Dorothy Day and the philosophy of the Catholic Worker Movement she envisioned,” Pates wrote to Cordaro. “They are also aware that while she was highly challenging to her fellow Catholics in the social justice arena, she was very faithful to the liturgical traditions of the Church and followed them with great rigor.”
While polls show a majority of U.S. Catholics in the pews support the idea of women’s ordination, many Catholic Workers are circumspect when it comes to women’s ordination and gay marriage. Since Day’s death in 1980, Catholics and Catholic Workers have often entered into a postmortem discussion of “What would Dorothy do?” While individual Catholic Workers often claim to be in favor of women’s ordination, advocating for it is less common...."