Friends, I’m very honored today to have Father Roy Bourgeois on World Focus. He’s received so many awards for his work. He received the Gandhi Peace Award; the Pax Christie Teacher of Peace Award; the Thomas Merton Award; nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the School of the America’s Watch. In view of the fact that no good deed goes unpunished, he was canonically dismissed 40 years after his ordination from the Mary Knoll fathers and, according to the church, had participated in an invalid ordination of a woman (Oh my God, a woman!) in a simulated mass in Lexington, Kentucky.
So I just want to review a little bit of Father Roy Bourgeois’ background. Father Roy founded the SOA Watch in 1990 after witnessing the killings of thousands in Central America in the 1980’s, but his conscious awakening and calling to priesthood happened immediately after his experience serving in Vietnam. He joined the Maryknoll Society, an American Catholic organization, and traveled to La Paz, Bolivia, where he was ordered to leave the country after speaking out against the oppressive government of General Hugo Banzer Suarez, which arrested, tortured and killed many dissidents. (Read More)