In today’s first reading the high priest addressed Peter and the Apostles, saying, “We gave you strict orders, did we not, to stop teaching in that name.”
Peter answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”
Pope John Paul II declared that the notion of ordaining women to the priesthood has been contrary to the teaching of the Church from the beginning, and therefore it is unlawful for anyone to advocate ordaining them.
These days there are people going against that. Father Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest, is being told he would be deprived of his priesthood if he goes against the Church on this.
This week the Vatican ousted Bishop William Morris, an Australian, for voicing that view.
In our Church you cannot go against what the official church teaches. But our church also says that we only sin when we go against what our conscience tells us. The question is: can Father Bourgeois and Bishop Morris say they are following their consciences, or do they in good conscience have to obey the church?