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Friday, September 05, 2008

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Stohn

This is great. Keep spreading the word!

Nick

Being an Oregonian (though not of the Baker Diocese), I am always proud to have Bishop Vasa representing this state. While I cannot understand his opposition to the Motu Proprio, he is still a no-nonsense Bishop who is active and outspoken. He makes sure the Masses in his diocese are said respectfully and in line with the rubrics, and best of all he is very outspoken in his news column regarding moral issues.

Also, it is a good day for American Catholics when we see MULTIPLE Bishops across the nation speaking up against distortions and abortion agendas by liberal Catholics like Pelosi (who should be at least threatened with excommunication).

DIANE

It is imperative that Archbishop Niederauer speak to Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he would to any other Catholic who decides to be pro-abortion while taking part in the Sacraments. She should have the same choices all other practicing Catholics have.....either you are pro-abortion and may not take part in the Sacraments OR you are anti-abortion and may take part in the Sacraments.
It is very clear cut and it is up to him to tell her so, and she can make her own decision. There is no gray area.......there is really nothing to discuss!

Diana

Archbishop Niederauer's September 5, 2008, statement at SF Archdiocese website: http://www.sfarchdiocese.org/about-us/news/?i=1308

Here is last paragraph of his statement:
"I regret the necessity of addressing these issues in so public a forum, but the widespread consternation among Catholics made it unavoidable. Speaker Pelosi has often said how highly she values her Catholic faith, and how much it is a source of joy for her. Accordingly, as her pastor, I am writing to invite her into a conversation with me about these matters. It is my obligation to teach forthrightly and to shepherd caringly, and that is my intent. Let us pray together that the Holy Spirit will guide us all toward a more profound understanding and appreciation for human life, and toward a resolution of these differences in truth and charity and peace."

Matt C.

Nick,

I second your comments. It is good to see multiple bishops correcting catholic politicians who profess one thing and then support something completely opposed to what they profess to believe.

On the matter of excommunication, the Church teaches that certain acts (i.e. procurring or supporting abortion) incur the automatic penalty of excommunication (knowledge of the gravity of the sin must obviously be present). No formal action from a bishop is actually required. When a bishop formally excommunicates someone, he is merely stating publicly that that individual is out-of-communication with the Church, by virtue of his actions.

One of the benefits of a public excommunication is that there is no confusion about whether the excommunicated individual should be receiving the sacraments and it also sends a clear (and absolutely necessary) message regarding where the Church stands.

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