Such] an infraction will incur the penalty of automatic excommunication
," the Pope's order stated.
Because of that, Johnson says, she faces excommunication
from the Roman Catholic Church.
On January 24, 2009, Pope Benedict made a charitable gesture by lifting the 20 year-old excommunication
of four Society of St.
On Sunday, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and the pope had held talks on over his decision to lift the excommunications
have produced little gain for the church and should have impressed for all time important lessons on the minds and hearts of Christian leaders.
by church leaders in East and West were among precipitating events in a formal.
In an institution that regularly cites potential confusion of the faithful in justifying its disciplining of theologians and other thinkers, Pope Benedict XVI's recent lifting of the excommunications
of four schismatic bishops is truly confounding.
, by way of contrast, have to be proclaimed by church authorities in order to take effect; these are called ferendae sententiae.
In the short term, however, the most serious fallout from the lifting of the excommunications
is likely to be in the realm of Catholic-Jewish relations.
Perhaps lucky for the Lefebvrite bishops whose excommunications
were recently lifted, Pope Benedict XVI doesn't hold the same fierce notion as St.
The lifting of the excommunications
was therefore a "grave mistake" on the pope's part, Hunermann argues, concluding that the pope's action is null and void under paragraph 126 of canon law.
ROME * In what could be seen as fallout from Pope Benedict XVI's January decision to lift the excommunications
of four traditionalist bishops, including one who is a Holocaust denier, the pope July 8 restructured the Vatican office that handles relations with the traditionalists--and, in effect, gently fired the officials who presided over the earlier fiasco.
In the case of latae sententiae excommunications
, those also come under the penalty if the crime would not have been committed without them (cf.
Margaret's actions meet the requirements of formal cooperation in grave sin and, as a canonical matter, I think she is liable as an accomplice to abortion under Canon 1329," added Peters, whose Web site on canon law includes a page that tracks publicly known excommunications
The issue is whether the church should practice so-called automatic excommunications