For more than 40 years, Roy Bourgeois’ life has been devoted to an often controversial liberal activism. The former Catholic priest is the founder of the Schools of the Americas Watch and has spent eight years in prison for illegal protests. Five years ago, the 74-year old was excommunicated for his support of the ordination of women to the Catholic priesthood.
About 207,000 Roman Catholics live in the 10 counties that make up the Diocese of Lansing. It contains 84 parishes and 34 schools, and it provides charitable assistance to more than 125,000 people each year.
Today, Bishop Earl Boyea will observe the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese with a special Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Lansing.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Bishop Boyea about the some of the difficulties the Catholic Church is facing in America today. But first, he asked him what he felt was a significant achievement of the Lansing diocese.