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Catholic Church needs to end its sexism

While the Church of England failed to allow women to become bishops by a mere six votes, we in the Catholic Church face Herculean efforts to even allow the open discussion of the possibility of women's ordination.

This is shown by the totally disproportionate sanctions handed down by the Vatican against clerics who oppose this position.

Within the past week, an American priest, Fr Roy Bourgeois, has been excommunicated, dismissed from the priesthood by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith.

The serious crime that this priest, who has given 40 years to the priesthood, committed to warrant the ultimate sanction of excommunication from the Catholic Church was not paedophilia, or murder, but his attendance at the ordination of a Catholic woman.

In a statement, Fr Roy said: "My conscience compelled me to break my silence and address the sin of sexism in my Church.

"My only regret was that it had taken me so long to confront male power and domination in the Catholic Church."

This punishment of Fr Roy is a grave injustice in the eyes of God.

The sin of sexism stains the Church of Christ and it is no wonder the message of Jesus as preached by the Church is rejected by so many in our society today.

BRENDAN BUTLER

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