Posts Tagged ‘excommunication’

Female Catholic priests call papal edict excommunicating them from church irrelevant

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, recently declared that any women who was ordained, and the men who ordained them, would be excommunicated from the church. However, a couple of women ordained Catholic priests in our area say the Pope’s revision of papal law is irrelevant to what is really happening in Read more

Former Medjugorje spiritual advisor excommunicated

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
Medjugorje spiritual advisor

Tomislav Vlasic, a former Croatian Franciscan priest and Medjugorje spiritual advisor, has been excommunicated from the Catholic church. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) announced on 23 October they were throwing him out of the church. In 2009 Vlasic was accused of teaching false doctrine, manipulating consciences, disobeying ecclesiastical authority, and of Read more

Heresy and schism: priest excommunicated

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Italian Catholic priest Alessandro Minutella has been excommunicated for spreading “heresy and schism.” The Archdiocese of Palermo has published the formal decree concerning Minutella’s “latae sententiae” excommunication. In canon law, once certain crimes are committed, they are punished latae sententiae, or “automatically,” by force of the law itself. According to the Code of Canon Law, Read more

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller: insisting on women priests is heretical

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller says people who insist on ordaining female priests “fulfil the elements of heresy.” He says they will be excommunicated from the church. Brandmüller is one of the four “dubia” cardinals who has repeatedly asked Pope Francis to provide doctrinal clarity about some elements of Amoris Laetitia. He was responding to comments by Read more

Bishop helps with ordination, concelebrates mass despite being excommunicated

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

A Bishop who has been excommunicated gave “illegitimate help” and concelebrated the Eucharist at a new bishop’s ordination last week. Lei Shiyin, the Chinese- government-backed bishop of Leshan in Sichuan province, was ordained in China in June 2011 without Rome’s blessing. He was excommunicated for this. The Vatican is concerned Lei’s role in last week’s Read more

Sect based on child Jesus apparitions guilty of schism

Friday, June 10th, 2016

An Italian sect that arose after alleged apparitions of the child Jesus has been found guilty of schism and has incurred an automatic excommunication. The Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo made the announcement on June 5 concerning the self-styled Universal Christian Church of the New Testament. This followed an examination by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Read more

Women priest posters put up near St Peter’s Square

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Dozens of posters of illicit women priests were plastered in Rome near St Peter’s Square last week in a provocative campaign. Above the image of one of the women priests were the words “some women disobey”. The putting up of the posters in Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood and near St Peter’s was part of a “jubilee Read more

Prelate suggests excommunication for strident Pope critics

Friday, December 11th, 2015

A prelate has suggested that strident criticism of Pope Francis might be grounds for excommunication under canon law. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, suggested such criticism could be seen as akin to “physical violence” against the Roman Pontiff. This carries a penalty of excommunication. But US canon lawyer Read more

Pope stresses divorced and remarried not excommunicated

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Pope Francis has said divorced and civilly remarried Catholics are not excommunicated and must not be treated as if they were. At his general audience on August 5, the Pope said such people are “still part of the Church”, even though “their unions are contrary to the sacrament of marriage”. “As these situations especially affect Read more

New generation of traditionalist bishops looms to defy Rome

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Two excommunicated traditionalist bishops plan to consecrate a new generation of bishops to spread their movement which is dubbed “The Resistance”. According to Reuters, French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure said the new group rejected Pope Francis and what it called his “new religion”. Bishop Faure and Holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson both incurred automatic excommunications last month Read more