Diane Dougherty, ARCWP
For the most part, male supremacy is like the air we breath, the water we drink and the clothes we put on daily-it is an everyday aspect of American Life. Roy Bourgeois skillfully outlines his experience from his early years in Louisiana to his awareness of a world outside of male supremacy. What he did not plan on was that his awareness and open critique of the church and its changeable positions and policies would catapult his"elimination" from the very structures that raised and nurtured his 40 year vocation. As he undid the chains of supremacy that bound him, the Powers that be ousted him from doing further damage to an institution intent on maintaining its position of power over people.
He is correct that ignorance, cruelty and the heresy of church teaching is the DNA that brings this illness from one generation to the next...the remedy being a movement away from the tentacles of supremacy for all the baptized. Until those bonds are released, ordained male supremacists will continue to lead people toward the worship of golden calves. Roy chronicles his difficult and heart wrenching journey toward freedom, finding hope and peace beyond those old notions. All Catholics, clergy and lay should read his journey and follow suite. Consider buying a copy for your priest and Bishop. And, reflect on your own experience of male supremacy within the church and your movement away from it. Write your own book!