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  • Breaking Blockbuster: Prima Facie Evidence that Francis is, in fact, Antipope

    09/25/2015 5:47:57 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 31 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | Sept. 24, 2015 | Ann Barnhardt
    I just had a conversation with someone a few hours ago about how incredibly dark these days are, and how A.) we should implore our Blessed Lord to arise from His slumber on the fantail of the boat and save us from these heretical/apostate jackals and B.) how Our Lord will surely give His Remnant Church a “trail of breadcrumbs” so that we can know where we need to be and where His Church is so that we can stay close to Him. And… it’s happening. Here’s the deal. In order for a pope to be validly elected, there can...
  • “Shouldn’t the Church be excommunicating these people?” (Catholic Caucus)

    07/01/2015 2:00:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | June 30, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I’ve seen that question a lot lately, as people have wondered on social media why certain Catholic Supreme Court Justices—along with prominent Catholic politicians—haven’t yet been publicly excommunicated, either for their position on abortion or their stance on same-sex marriage.Good question. I have no idea. That’s above my pay grade. Public excommunication, at any rate, seems to be a relatively rare phenomenon.But I was curious about just whom the Church had excommunicated.This, of course, is why God made Wikipedia. The good people at Wikipedia have compiled a list of recent formal excommunications, which might be of interest:21st century  Members of...
  • NY Post: Pope Francis finally opens door to reconciliation for women after abortions? (Media Mangle)

    05/12/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    GetReligion ^ | May 11, 2015 | Terry Mattingly
    You know you are in for a wild ride when a GetReligion reader sends you a URL from The New York Post (or The New York Daily News, for that matter) with one of those, "Yeah, consider the source, BUT" notes that basically is warning you to duck and cover. Incoming. So here is the headline on this one: "The Catholic Church will now forgive your abortion." The loyal reader noted: "The title is bad, but it gets worse from there. Wouldn't have wasted your time with it, but it is such awful dreck that it seemed to me...
  • Mormons kick out dissenter; ran website for doubters [Lds claim local decision tho datelined 'SLC']

    02/12/2015 12:20:33 PM PST · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Feb. 10, 2015
    SALT LAKE CITY- A Mormon man who gained notoriety over the past decade for running a website that offers doubting Latter-day Saints a forum to chat has been kicked out of the religion. John Dehlin announced the decision from regional church leaders Tuesday. He becomes the second high-profile church member to be excommunicated in the past year in what Mormon scholars consider to be the Utah-based faith's way of keeping dissenters in line. Regional church leaders in North Logan told Dehlin in a letter that they made a unanimous decision to excommunicate him for apostasy. The church defines apostasy as...
  • Mormon Stories founder Dehlin's spread of 'false concepts' results in excommunication from LDS...

    02/11/2015 12:10:20 PM PST · by Colofornian · 38 replies ^ | Feb. 10, 2015, | Tad Walch
    SALT LAKE CITY — The founder of the Mormon Stories podcasts announced Tuesday that he has been excommunicated from the LDS Church for apostasy. John Dehlin, who had criticized senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spread what his local church leader called "false concepts" about the faith, made the announcement in a press release Tuesday morning and on the KUER radio program, "RadioWest." North Logan Utah Stake President Bryan King convened a church disciplinary council for Dehlin on Sunday night after eight months of correspondence and meetings with Dehlin. King delivered a letter to...
  • Tithing and Excommunication

    09/19/2014 3:24:30 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 18, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I am a graduate theology student, and in class we covered the reforms of the Council of Trent. I came across this passage from Chapter 12 of the Decree on Reformation of Session 25: “The holy synod therefore enjoins on all, of what rank and condition soever they be, to whom the payment of tithes belongs, that they henceforth pay in full the tithes, to which they are bound in law, to the cathedral church, or to what other churches… they are lawfully due. And they who either withhold them, or hinder them [from being paid], shall be excommunicated…”...
  • Notre Dame Retreats, Will Provide Contraceptive Coverage in Student Health Programs

    09/07/2014 10:25:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The University of Notre Dame will provide for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs in its student health-care program, the National Catholic Register reports. Notre Dame had joined other Catholic institutions in filing suit against the contraceptive mandate in the federal health-care program. In that lawsuit, Notre Dame said that the mandate would "require Notre Dame to commit scandal." But after preliminary court rulings against the university-- which Notre Dame is now appealing-- the university administration has chosen to cover contraceptive costs.
  • Did Kate Kelly’s Local Leaders Follow the Handbook [Lds leaders circumvent established procedures]

    06/26/2014 8:59:27 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 56 replies ^ | June 17, 2014 | James Patterson
    In his landmark work Jesus the Christ, James E. Talmage spends several pages outlining the “high priest’s unrighteous adjuration” of the Savior. The Sanhedrin wanted so badly to not only stem the growth of Jesus’ growing disciples, but to take back control of what he continued to point out as a broken religious system of Pharisees, Sadducees, hypocrisy, judgment and adherence to outdated laws that ignored the heart of his message of love, tolerance and spiritual growth. Before I proceed, let me make it clear with those who are looking closely for opportunities to cry foul that I am not...
  • Mormon Church Kicks the Beehive [ex-communications lined up]

    06/25/2014 5:57:31 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | June 16, 2014 | Sharon Lindbloom
    ...The Herald Journal of Logan, Utah is running an online poll asking readers, “Would you support the excommunication of Mormon activists John Dehlin and Kate Kelly?” At the time of this writing, the “No” response outnumbered “Yes” by nearly 4 to 1. Mormon blogger Jana Riess is very troubled by the Church’s actions toward Kelly and Dehlin. She asked, “Are we looking at a Mormon purge?”... “If the point of these pending excommunications is to strike fear in the hearts of other Latter-day Saints who love the Church but do not always agree with it on matters of social justice,...
  • Pope Francis Declares Mafiosi 'Excommunicated' at Mass in Mafia Power Base

    06/22/2014 10:41:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/22/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Speaking to a gathering of tens of thousands of people at the power base of a highly dangerous organized crime group in Italy, Pope Francis Saturday condemned the mafia's "adoration of evil" and declared all mobsters as effectively excommunicated from the Catholic Church. The pope traveled to, and held a mass in, the southern region of Calabria, the power base of the global drug trafficking syndicate 'Ndrangheta, to comfort the family of a 3-year-old boy who, along with his grandfather, was gunned down in a January shootout involving the mafia. "Those who in their lives follow this path of evil,...
  • Pope Francis Bombshell! Holy Father Excommunicates Austrian "We Are Church" Heterodox Leader!

    05/22/2014 3:23:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Southern Orders ^ | May 22, 2014
    Die Welt [Summary: Pope Francis has excommunicated the Austrian president of the Catholic reform movement called We Are Church. A report in Tiroler Tageszeitung has confirmed that Martha Heizer and her husband can no longer participate in the sacraments. Excommunication is the most severe penalty the church can impose. The retired religious educator and her husband in their private home regularly celebrated with other believers but without ordained priests.] THE FOLLOWING TRANSLATION IS FROM GERMAN TO ENGLISH USING A TRANSLATION DEVISE, SO IT MIGHT NOT BE TOO GOOD FROM THE NEWS PAPER DIE WELT : Pope Francis, the Austrian...
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America

    03/25/2014 5:02:53 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 14 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the most outspoken of those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, but all of them [Dolan, O'Malley, Chaput, George...] are on record, as he is, as endorsing the commission of MORTAL SINS by their priests and other ministers of Communion. Cardinal Wuerl has even punished those who have obeyed Canon 915.
  • Has the Vatican Excommunicated Pelosi? (8 things to know and share)

    09/26/2013 2:44:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    NC Register ^ | September 25, 2013 | JImmy Akin
    Has Nancy Pelosi (finally) been excommunicated for her outrageous support of abortion? Recently a series of stories burbled through the mainstream media suggesting that Nancy Pelosi has been excommunicated or denied Communion by the Vatican. Pelosi is a passionately pro-abortion California politician who describes herself as “a devout Catholic.” She has long been a foe of the pro-life movement. What’s the truth behind the story? Here are 8 things to know and share . . .  1) What’s the origin of this story? The story has its roots in an interview that was given by Cardinal Raymond Burke to the...
  • Fishwrap and excommunicated Australian are “shocked”

    09/25/2013 1:30:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 25, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Yesterday I wrote (HERE) about the Australian now-former priest, Greg Reynolds, who received a decree of excommunication. The excommunication was issued under the aegis of Pope Francis.This has sent liberals into a tail spin.After all, isn’t Pope Francis supposed to be against rules? Isn’t he the most wonderfulest and bestest and fluffiest Pope ehvur? He’s so chill about, you know, like, stuff like 
 you know!Today the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) is throwing a little nutty about the excommunication of former-Father Reynolds. Let’s call it The Melbourne Ultimatum.Here is a sample of their angst.First, they are all shocked! Fr....

    09/24/2013 1:44:36 PM PDT · by bkopto · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sept 24, 2013 | Susan Berry
    Just days after a controversial interview with Pope Francis was published in the Jesuit magazine America, the pontiff has reportedly excommunicated a priest in Melbourne, Australia because of his support for female priests and gay marriage. According to Barney Zwartz reporting at The Age in Victoria, dissident priest Greg Reynolds has been both defrocked and excommunicated over his support for women priests and same-sex marriage. Zwartz says that Reynolds believes he is the first person ever excommunicated in Melbourne. The order reportedly comes direct from the Vatican and not at the request of Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart. Zwartz wrote that...
  • Pelosi: Pope Francis ‘Starting to Sound Like a Nun’

    09/23/2013 6:35:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 9/23/13 | Michael W. Chapman
    ( – Pope Francis is “starting to sound like a nun,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, when asked about some of the Pope’s recent remarks concerning issues such as abortion and homosexuality. In a Sept. 22 interview on CNN’s Situation Room, host Candy Crolwey asked Pelosi, “Before we go, Pope Francis is calling for a new balance between the chruch’s spiritual and political missions. He says the Catholic Church should not interfere spiritually in the lives of gays. He also called for a larger decision-making role for Catholic women. We ask Nancy Pelosi , one of...
  • Cardinal Burke: Nancy Pelosi ‘must’ be denied Communion

    09/22/2013 6:59:38 AM PDT · by topher · 27 replies ^ | Fri Sep 20, 2013 14:33 EST | by Patrick B. Craine
    LOUISVILLE, KY, Sept. 20, 2013 ( - In a wide-ranging interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke has issued an emphatic call for pro-abortion Catholic politicians like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to be denied Communion. The cardinal also spoke about the rapid advance of the homosexual agenda, the decline in catechesis that, he says, has crippled the Church’s response to pressing moral issues of the day, and the growing danger of Christian persecution under an increasingly “totalitarian” government.
  • Women's Ordination and the Case of Roy Bourgeois

    06/13/2013 11:02:01 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 12 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | June 13, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I’m trying to figure out what is really going on in the case of Fr. Bourgeois, who was kicked out of the Maryknolls last year. The stories I read suggested that he was excommunicated and is no longer a priest, right? If that’s true, then why is he now saying publicly that he’s going to appeal to Pope Francis to reinstate him as a Maryknoll priest again? Can the new Pope even do that? —Ryan
  • Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church

    04/28/2013 6:58:58 AM PDT · by Dacula · 73 replies
    reuters ^ | Apr. 28, 2013 | Mary Wisniewski
    In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo Needs To Be Publicly Excommunicated

    01/20/2013 9:25:28 AM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Pro Life Corner ^ | January 19, 2013
    Rockford, Il – ( – 1-18-2013 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York is again viciously attacking human beings in the womb by pushing on-demand abortion legislation that, if enforced, could even put Catholic hospitals and many state-funded ministries out of business. Read more: Rockford Pro-Life Initiative is respectfully requesting Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops of New York to make public the excommunication of Gov. Cuomo that he has already incurred privately by his relentless attacks on children in the womb.It is astonishing and a grave scandal that is deeply harming the faith of...
  • Excommunicated priest formally notified of laicization

    01/11/2013 2:02:08 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 10, 2013 | Diogenes
    Roy Bourgeois, the former priest who was excommunicated in 2008 and dismissed from the Maryknoll society last year, has been formally notified of his laicization. Bourgeois received a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, relayed through his former Maryknoll superiors, notifying him of his dismissal from the society and from the priesthood. The Vatican asks Bourgeois to sign the letter, acknowledging receipt—which he says he will refuse to do. Bourgeois was excommunicated in 2008 after he participated in a ceremony in which women claimed ordination. He had repeatedly refused to reconsider his stand, and had remained...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AFFECTED IGNORANCE, 09-28-12

    09/28/2012 8:18:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 09-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AFFECTED IGNORANCE In ecclesiastical law, directly willed ignorance of a law or of its penalty, or both. Such ignorance does not excuse a person from automatic penalties (latae sententiae), i.e., those which follow immediately on breaking the law. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Gingrich on Sebelius: 'She Is Waging War on The Catholic Church’

    08/08/2012 10:35:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 8, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was “waging war on the Catholic Church”—an apparent reference to the Obamacare regulation she finalized earlier this year that requires nearly all health-care plans to offer sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge. “This secretary of HHS is a radical. She is waging war on the Catholic Church. She’s adopted radical positions on a range of issues,” Gingrich said during a conference call on Wednesday. … In its lawsuit against the HHS and Sebelius, the Archdiocese of New York cited similar comments made...
  • Illicitly ordained Chinese bishop incurs automatic excommunication

    07/10/2012 1:17:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | July 10, 2012 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Chinese Father Joseph Yue Fusheng has been automatically excommunicated for allowing himself to be illicitly ordained a bishop despite repeated warnings from the Vatican. "The Holy See does not recognize him as bishop of the apostolic administration of Harbin, and he lacks the authority to govern the priests and the Catholic community in the province of Heilongjiang," the Vatican said in a written statement July 10. It also praised the new auxiliary bishop of Shanghai, who has been restricted by the government after saying he would give up his role in the government-approved Catholic Patriotic Association....
  • Austrian woman intends to celebrate "Easter Mass"

    04/05/2012 3:36:35 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 17 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5 April 2012 | Cathcon
    At Easter, the theologian Martha Heizer returns to committing a "delictum gravis" and will hold a Eucharistic celebration in the "domestic church" – under the threat of excommunication. The Tyrolean church theologian and critic Martha Heizer has drawn the ire of many religious leaders. She and four colleagues are accused of imitating Eucharistic celebrations without a priest. In the ecclesiastical world, this is a "delictum gravis", ie a "serious offense", which may lead to the excommunication. The local clergy has now launched investigations into the case. An opinion of the Bishop, Manfred Scheuer should be be presented "in the coming...
  • World Youth Day priests granted power to lift abortion excommunications (Catholic Caucus)

    08/17/2011 2:07:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 16, 2011 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    MADRID, Spain, August 16, 2011 ( – The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, has granted all of the 2,000 priests attending World Youth Day this week the special power to the lift the excommunication and to grant absolution in confession to those who have committed the sin of abortion. According to the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, any person who procures an abortion is automatically excommunicated from the Church (can. 1398).  This penalty – the worst penalty there is under canon law - can only be lifted by the pope and bishops, as well as...
  • Nebraska bishop: politicians [and] Planned Parenthood [no] Communion [Catholic Caucus]

    04/14/2011 6:34:50 PM PDT · by topher · 14 replies
    Nebraska bishop: Catholic politicians who support Planned Parenthood should be denied Communion by Patrick B. Craine Thursday Apr 14, 2011 17:30 EST LINCOLN, Nebraska, April 14, 2011 ( – Though not “formally excommunicated,” Catholic politicians who support Planned Parenthood or other measures facilitating abortion are “placing themselves outside of the pale of the Church’s doctrine” and should be denied Communion, says Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska. The bishop told LifeSiteNews that Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, should be seen an enemy of the Catholic Church because “it advocates doctrines, immoral activities which are contrary to ... the...
  • Rutgers Univ. to host 'female Catholic bishop' [Catholic Caucus]

    04/05/2011 9:34:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Philly Burbs ^ | April 5, 2011 | PEG QUANN
    CAMDEN - Rutgers University in Camden will host a woman theologian next week whom the university describes as a "female Catholic bishop." "Roman Catholic Bishop Patricia Fresen, one of only three ordained female bishops in the world," will lecture at the university at 12:20 p.m. April 15, according to a Rutgers news release.Fresen was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church in 2008, according to"Patricia Fresen is not a Roman Catholic bishop. That would be the position of the Diocese of Camden," said Peter Feuerherd, diocesan spokesman, on Monday when contacted about Rutgers' symposium.The lecture is being sponsored by Rutgers-Camden's...
  • Excommunication of Norma Jean Coon Lifted

    03/27/2011 10:51:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 27, 2011
    Rorate Exclusive: Excommunication of Norma Jean Coon Lifted Rorate Caeli first broke the news that Mrs. Norma Jean Coon, whom once pretended to be ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church, had returned to the Faith and publicly repented. We then reported that she was not only attending daily Mass -- without receiving the sacraments, of course -- but a Traditional Latin Mass. We can now report, praise God, that Mrs. Coon's excommunication has been lifted by Rome. We can also tell you that she now attends daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament along with Holy Mass. Mrs. Coon:...
  • Catholic Caucus: Barcelona archbishop begins excommunication [of] priest

    03/17/2011 2:17:37 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies ^ | March 15, 2011 | by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman Life, Family and Culture News Barcelona archbishop begins excommunication proceedings for priest who paid for abortion by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman Tue Mar 15 5:56 PM EST BARCELONA, March 15, 2011 ( - Barcelona archbishop LluĂ­s MartĂ­nez Sistach has begun excommunication proceedings against a priest in his diocese who has boasted of paying for abortions and blessing homosexual unions, according a statement posted on the archdiocesan website. The communiquĂ© states that the archbishop and two other diocesan officials met with Fr. Manuel Pousa i Engroñat yesterday, “regarding several declarations of said priest regarding an abortion published in a book about...
  • Newnan(GA) woman challenges Catholic church (fake Catholic alert)

    11/14/2010 1:20:11 PM PST · by Dacula · 29 replies · 1+ views
    ajc ^ | 11:21 a.m. Sunday, November 14, 2010 | Mark Davis
    Diane Dougherty lives in a neat, white house that she shares with her cats, Pete and Gypsy Rose. She teaches second grade in Fayetteville. She smiles a lot, her eyes flashing with intellect. She hardly looks like someone flouting centuries of tradition, challenging the Roman Catholic Church. Dougherty, 65, wants to be a deacon. But in the Catholic Church, the position of deacon — like that of priest and bishop — is held by men only. The Newnan resident is in the forefront of a movement that seeks to change all that. In ordination ceremonies in the United States and...
  • It's not (necessarily) a heresy to reject the making of a bishop as a participation in Holy Orders

    10/26/2010 10:28:59 AM PDT · by Balt · 17 replies
    Master of Divinity ^ | 10/26/2010 | Rev. J. Michael Venditti, M. Div.
    Twice a year (Labor Day and Memorial Day) I enjoy a picnic provided by one of my former seminary professors, along with many of his former students, mostly from classes that came years after me. During that last one, I toasted my old teacher in gratitude for the fact that he had always maintained, in my defense, that one can still believe in the Bound Powers theory, in spite of the language used in Vatican II. He smirked, and asked the younger priests there if they had ever heard of the Bound Powers theory; and no one raised his hand....
  • CBCP reminds Aquino about excommunication (Bishop threatens Aquino with excommunication)

    09/30/2010 2:36:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Inquirer ^ | Philip Tubeza
    MANILA, Philippines—The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on Wednesday reminded President Aquino III that providing contraceptives to poor couples who opt for artificial birth control face excommunication from the church.Speaking on the Church-run Radio Veritas, Bishop Nereo Odchimar of Tandag, Surigao del Sur, the current CBCP president, said that even Mr. Aquino may be covered by excommunication. Mr. Aquino, a practicing Catholic, has stood by his position that Filipino couples who choose to use artificial contraceptives should be allowed to do so."Well, being the President of all, you must consider the position of the Catholic Church...
  • What's Your Theological Deal-Killer? [Catholic Caucus]

    08/25/2010 1:42:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | August 25, 2010 | John Zmirak
    Sitting over an overpriced gin and tonic at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel, I probed the excommunicated bishop about his secret sedevacantism. I didn't toss the issue naked on the table, since he would simply have denied everything. But I knew from several sources that, while the man publicly claimed to accept the legitimacy of then-Pope John Paul II, privately he sowed doubts among his friendlier seminarians. He whispered that the "formal and material heresies" taught by that pope had quite possibly deprived Karol Wotyjla of the throne. That would have left the seat (sede) of...
  • Filipino Archbishop: Abortion Entails Automatic Excommunication

    08/09/2010 8:01:08 PM PDT · by topher · 20 replies -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | August 9, 2010 | By Patrick B. Craine
    Monday August 9, 2010 Filipino Archbishop: Abortion Entails Automatic Excommunication By Patrick B. CraineMANILA, Philippines, August 9, 2010 ( – A prelate in the Philippines is warning Catholics that they face automatic excommunication if they in any way participate in an abortion.Archbishop Oscar Cruz, archbishop emeritus of Lingayen-Dagupan and a canon lawyer, told CBCPNews last week that this penalty applies to any who are “actively involved” in bringing about the abortion.  “That is called active participation … from the woman concerned, the husband who helped her, the abortionist, or the nurses,” he said to the bishops’ official news service.“Excommunication...
  • 'Being a woman priest is what I feel I am called to do' (Irish maidens)

    08/02/2010 10:28:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 8+ views
    Irish Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | PATSY McGARRY
    Soline Humbert outside the Church of St ThĂ©rĂ©se, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Cardinal Daly refused to accept from her a 10,000-name petition calling for women priests. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh The Vatican’s directive confirming its policy of excommunication for those involved in the ordination of women has been greeted with defiance by dissidents in the US and dismay by Irish campaigners‘SHOCKING.” “A travesty.” “A slap in the face.” “The action of a paranoid, scared, running-for-cover Vatican.” Those are just some of the phrases used by Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan to describe the latest directive from Rome on the ordination of women.The...
  • Iowa City woman seeks ordination, but wants to remain Catholic

    05/27/2010 1:09:53 AM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies · 487+ views
    The Catholic Church won’t be celebrating one Iowa City resident’s ordination next month. In fact, neither the Diocese of Davenport nor the Vatican will even acknowledge Mary Kay Kusner’s ordination through a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests. That lack of institutional acknowledgment keeps Kusner, 50, motivated as she prepares for ordination by a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests. “I believe Christ’s intention was to have an inclusive church,” Kusner said. “I believe ‘catholic,’ which means universal, needs to be a truly inclusive and welcoming church.” Such a church, she said, would include the ordination of women. Kusner, a self-described devout...
  • Fr. Roy Bourgeois has been excommunicated [Ecumenical]

    12/10/2008 10:14:34 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 29 replies · 715+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 12/10/2008 | Fr. Z
    I was alerted to this sad news.... Fr. Bourgeois has been excommunicated A reader sent me this: Dear Ms. , As stated in an earlier communiqué from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Rome, Father Bourgeois was given 30 days to recant his actions regarding the ordination of women as priests, or endure the penalty of excommunication. Since he has said he cannot recant those actions, he has been excommunicated by the CDF. Betsey Guest
  • When is a Catholic Hospital not a Catholic Hospital?

    05/21/2010 11:14:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies · 192+ views
    Catholic Key ^ | 5/21/2010 | Jack Smith
    The Diocese of Phoenix has a very direct Q & A regarding the direct, procured abortion at St. Joseph hospital and the consequent excommunication of hospital administrator Sister Margaret McBride. The statement ends on a curious note that has fueled some speculation. After discussing the St. Joseph Hospital situation the statement turns to another Catholic Healthcare West owned hospital: Moreover, Catholic Healthcare West has not followed the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Church in at least one of their institutions, Chandler Regional Hospital. These realities are a scandal to the faithful and must cease if CHW wishes to...
  • Priest Questions Bishop Olmstead (re excommunication of nun who approved abortion)

    05/21/2010 10:11:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 375+ views
    cmr ^ | May 21, 2010 | Matthew Archbold
    The Church's sexual abuse scandal is the "blame Bush" of Catholicism. Anything that goes wrong anywhere that has even the remotest connection to Catholicism can be explained by or blamed on the sex abuse scandal. It's reflexive now. Liberal Catholics can't say anything about the Church without bringing up the sex abuse scandal. Whether it's a conversation about altar rails, mass times, abortion, vestments, or gay marriage liberal Catholics will instinctively raise the specter of the abuse scandal as if the very existence of sin in the Church is evidence that they're right. A priest who's made quite a name...
  • Catholic sister told Phoenix bishop abortion was allowed by Church teaching

    05/18/2010 7:31:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies · 663+ views
    CNA ^ | 5/18/2010
    A religious sister who was on a Catholic hospital panel that approved a direct abortion has excommunicated herself, the Diocese of Phoenix said on Tuesday. According to the diocese, Sr. Margaret McBride told Bishop Olmsted that she believed performing an abortion in a specific case from 2009 "was a morally good and allowable act according to Church teaching." The abortion took place late last year at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. The mother was 11 weeks pregnant and was seriously ill with pulmonary hypertension, a condition worsened and possibly made fatal by pregnancy, according to the Washington...
  • Phoenix Catholic hospital defends abortion that took place there; bishop warns of excommunication

    05/17/2010 8:58:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 113 replies · 1,273+ views ^ | May 17, 2010
    In late 2009, an abortion took place at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix after a hospital ethics committee deemed the abortion necessary to save the life of the mother. Sister Margaret Mary McBride, the hospital’s vice president of mission integration, was a member of the committee that made the decision and has since been assigned new duties. The hospital has defended its decision, while Bishop Thomas Olmsted warned that Catholics who formally cooperated in the abortion were automatically excommunicated. The Diocese of Phoenix said in a May 14 statement: The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of...
  • Women from Bountiful, B.C., offer rare glimpse into 'cult'

    05/10/2010 7:06:25 PM PDT · by delacoert · 8 replies · 672+ views
    Canwest News Service ^ | May 6, 2010 | Valerie Fortney
    Jensen and Blackmore, the daughters of Harold Blackmore and two of his wives, sisters Florence and Gwen, grew up in Lister, B.C. That's where Harold established a polygamist sect, Canadian Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known today as the community of Bountiful, B.C. They were asked to speak to a gathering of social workers and other child advocates at a conference sponsored by the Canadian Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse. As they talk about their experiences, they provide a rare glimpse into the world of polygamy, and the effects it has on the...
  • Vatican demonstration calls for Nancy Pelosi's excommunication

    03/25/2010 10:11:11 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 23 replies · 742+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | March 22, 2010 | Randy Sly
    Snips: ....The Vanguard of St. Catherine of Siena,called for the ex-communication of Nancy Pelosi in a demonstration just outside the Vatican. They are also asking Archbishop Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC to enforce the PopeŽs position on the distribution of Communion to pro-abortion politicians which was communicated in a 2004 letter, "Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion," which he wrote when he was Cardinal Ratzinger. Terry stated, "Nancy Pelosi has betrayed the Catholic faith, fought to shed innocent blood, and repeatedly voted to take money from Americans to pay for the murder of innocent babies......"Meanwhile, Washington DC Archbishop Donald Wuerl,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Should Pelosi be Tobin-ed by Bishop Jaime Soto

    02/28/2010 2:05:49 PM PST · by topher · 19 replies · 354+ views
    Various | February 28, 2010 | Vanity
    After Bishop Tobin ex-communicated Congressman Patrick Kennedy, the Congressman decided NOT to seek re-election. Perhaps Congressman Kennedy wanted to focus on matters of faith in his personal life, and leave public office. It is unclear if there was direct correlation between the ex-communication of Congressman Patrick Kennedy and his decision NOT to seek re-election. Maybe a new term should be coined to honor Bishop Tobin and the courage he showed in dealing with Congressman Kennedy. Maybe when a Catholic politican is ex-communicated, that politican could be considered to be Tobin-ed in honor of the good Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island....
  • Mormons need to understand excommunication

    02/23/2010 10:37:24 AM PST · by Colofornian · 23 replies · 464+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Feb. 23, 2010 | Sharon Haddock
    PROVO, Utah -- Mormons need to lose their fear of talking about excommunication, says a student at the 12th Annual Religious Education Student Symposium. Presenting his paper "Excommunication and 'He Who Must Not Be Named,'" Feb. 19 at Brigham Young University, Benjamin Tengelsen said excommunication is comparable to talking openly about Voldemort in the popular Harry Potter series. "Noboby talks about him except Harry, who isn't afraid to say his name out loud," Tengelsen said. "We need to be like that. We need to lose our fear and be unafraid to talk about it." As long as the subject of...

    02/17/2010 2:24:51 PM PST · by Fred · 120 replies · 2,817+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 021710 | Bill Donohue
    Fox News analyst Bob Beckel today criticized Vice President Joe Biden for wearing ashes on TV; today is Ash Wednesday and Biden is Catholic. In the middle of a discussion on President Obama’s stimulus plan, Beckel gratuitously said, “Sorry about laughing, but I looked at Joe Biden’s forehead, and I know it is Ash Wednesday, but I’m not sure I would wear that ash on the air. Anyway….” Catholic League president Bill Donohue wasn’t amused: Bob Beckel’s admonishing remark, “I’m not sure I would wear that ash on the air,” makes us wonder whether it is the public display of...
  • Updated: Dominican Community Apologizes for Nun Caught Acting as Abortion Escort

    11/03/2009 3:50:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies · 1,102+ views
    lifesite news ^ | 11.03.09 | peter w. smith
    HINSDALE, Illinois, November 3, 2009 ( - A congregation of US Dominican nuns has publicly apologized for the scandal caused by one of its members acting as a volunteer escort at a Chicago area abortion facility, who now faces severe canonical penalties including excommunication and the possibility of dismissal. (LSN) first broke the story about Sr. Donna Quinn, O.P., a Dominican nun who is outspokenly in favor of legalized abortion, who had been identified by pro-life witnesses as an escort for the ACU Health Clinic.Sr. Quinn's religious community, the Wisconsin-based Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation, admitted in a press release posted...
  • RU 486 Users Risk Automatic Excommunication: Vatican Responds to Italian Drug Agency Decision

    08/03/2009 3:45:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 68 replies · 2,538+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/3/09 | Hilary White
    ROME, August 3, 2009 ( - When the Italian drug agency approved the sale of the deadly abortion drug RU 486 late Thursday night, senior Vatican officials responded strongly saying that doctors who prescribe it and the women who take it risk excommunication. The Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency (AIFA) said the drug, to be sold under the brand name Mifegyne, would not be sold in pharmacies and only be administered by physicians in hospitals. Bishop Elio Sgreccia, a bioethics professor, author and former vice-president of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV) told Corriere della Sera newspaper, "This is a compound which...
  • Zambia: Vatican Excommunicates Priest Over Milingo Ties

    06/12/2009 3:38:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 365+ views
    All Africa ^ | June 12, 2009
    Lusaka — The Vatican has excommunicated Father Luciano Mbewe from the Catholic Church for openly congregating with excommunicated former archbishop of Lusaka, Emmanuel Milingo and members of his 'Married Priests Now' movement and another church.The president of the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), Bishop George Lungu said in a statement that Fr Mbewe is no longer a member of the Catholic Church and whatever religious functions he holds are outside the Catholic Church. He added that the Catholic Apostolic National Church of Zambia which the priest heads is not part of the Roman Catholic Church."Even if signs and symbols, as well...