Monday, March 14, 2005

Vatican lets excommunication order stand

The Montana Standard :
The Vatican has let stand a 1996 order from Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz that his parishioners must sever ties with 12 groups or face possible excommunication, the Lincoln Diocese said.

Among the groups are the lay reform organization Call to Action, abortion-rights advocates Planned Parenthood and Catholics for a Free Choice, and several Masonic organizations. Bruskewitz said the groups contradict Roman Catholic teaching."

It's the bishop's right, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. Nor does it mean that we have to think it's appropriate theology. Communion draws the body together; it should not be used to split it.


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