The letter, which makes no specific charges, had to be translated from Latin before Roy Bourgeois knew what it said.
The church reform group that represents about a quarter of Ireland’s Catholic priests has issued a statement of support for Roy Bourgeois.
NCR Today: The leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas wrote they are "saddened and disturbed" by the Vatican's dismissal of Roy Bourgeois.
Dominican Fr. Tom Doyle's questions include what knowledge the order had of the Vatican's move and why it hasn't shared the official document.
Bulletins from the Human Side: The expulsion of Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll order is just another sign that the Vatican condemns what it's afraid of.
One abnormality is the involvement of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation, not the Vatican's congregation that deals with religious orders.
Bourgeois: "The Vatican and Maryknoll can dismiss me, but they cannot dismiss the issue of gender equality in the Catholic Church."
After 45 years, Roy Bourgeois, who had come under scrutiny for supporting women's ordination, has been dismissed from Maryknoll.
The tone of discussion between the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a priest who has been threatened with excommunication and removal from the order for his support of women's ordination, has seemingly changed direction.
While the order has recently taken a number of formal moves to remove Bourgeois -- including holding an official vote of its leadership on the matter earlier this year -- the priest says a June 6 meeting between his superior general and him saw no discussion of his removal and instead focused on a discussion of the rights of conscience of Catholics.
The leadership of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers has voted on whether they will dismiss from the order Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a longtime peace activist who has come under scrutiny for his support of women's ordination.
While the outcome and timing of the vote is unclear, the order's communications manager confirmed with NCR on Wednesday it had taken place.