Fr. Roy and two supporters detained at Vatican
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 17, 2011
Contact: Erin Saiz
Roy and two supporters detained at Vatican
ROME, ITALY - This
afternoon, an international delegation of women's ordination leaders including
Roman Catholic priest, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, marched to the Vatican with a petition signed by 15,000
supporters. Fr. Bourgeois has been threatened by church officials for his
public support of women's ordination. Members of the delegation including Fr.
Bourgeois, Erin Saiz Hanna, Executive Director of Women's Ordination
Conference, and Miriam Duignan of Womenpriest.org were detained and then
released by local police authorities.
The delegation of fifteen
leaders was met by local police at the gate of St. Peter's and was denied
entry. Plain-clothes policemen apprehended the delegation's banners stating
"Ordain Catholic Women," "God is calling women to be
priests" and "Call To Action." The banners have been withheld as
evidence for a pending hearing. Those who were detained were not officially
arrested but their case will be heard by a judiciary court.
View photos here.