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Priest dismissed by Vatican speaks in Buffalo

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A former priest dismissed by the Vatican for supporting the ordination of women says he's right, they're wrong, and a change will eventually happen. 

Roy Bourgeois was in Buffalo Thursday night to speak on Justice & Gender equality at the Market Arcade Theater downtown. 

Bourgeois was dismissed as a priest and as a Maryknoll and excommunicated. He is a well-known activist, especially for his work against the Army's School of the Americas at Fort Bragg. His various arrests and convictions for activities at the school have led to more than four years in jail.  

Pink Smoke over The Vatican

Bourgeois showed a film while in Buffalo titled Pink Smoke over The Vatican about ordination of women.  

Bourgeois is best known for attacking the School of the Americas, which has trained thousands of soldiers from Latin America who have killed back home, including nuns from his former Maryknoll order.

"Why should we close the school? Because it should not exist. This school is causing untold suffering and damage to our sisters and brothers of these countries and rather than pumping every year about $40 million into this school at Fort Benning, Georgia. We should be using that money to go into schools for our children whose budgets are being cut here in Buffalo," he said.

Bourgeois also blasted the Catholic bishops and cardinals who haven't done enough about priests who have committed sexual attacks on children.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.