Thursday, December 07, 2006

Bp. Bruskewitz: Right On, Again

With one of the better pieces of punditry I've seen in a while, CWN's Diogenes brings us the word from Rome, Re-affirming (heh, heh) Bp B's actions of 1996:

Nino Ganganelli's cousin Sam (who does photocopier repair in Topeka) reads us some quotes from the November 24, 2006 letter of Cardinal Giovanni Battista "Sugar" Re, the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, to Lincoln Nebraska's Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. By way of background, it's helpful to know that, in March of 1996, Bishop Bruskewitz excommunicated those Catholics in his diocese who were members of Call to Action, Catholics for a Free Choice, Planned Parenthood, the Hemlock Society, the Freemasons, and the Society of St. Pius X. The Call to Action crowd complained to Headquarters. Here Cardinal Re reaffirms Bruskewitz's declaration:

I read in particular the letter dated February 19, 2006, by which Mr. John McShane, on behalf of "Call to Action Nebraska", is asking for authoritative judgement of the Holy See about Your Excellency's sentence on the same association.

You can explain to Mr. McShane that the Holy See considers that Your Excellency's ruling in the case of "Call to Action Nebraska" was properly taken within your competence as Pastor of that diocese. The judgement of the Holy See is that the activities of "Call to Action" in the course of these years are in contrast with the Catholic Faith due to views and positions held which are unacceptable from a doctrinal and disciplinary standpoint. Thus to be a member of this Association or to support it, is irreconcilable with a coherent living of the Catholic Faith.

I am confident that Mr. McShane and all the members of "Call to Action" will understand that their line of action is causing damage to the Church of Christ.

By the way, the excommunication does not apply to members of the same groups in Milwaukee....drat it...

After all, there's good fellowship available from the KofC's around here. Why get into unpleasantries?


Anonymous said...

What slays me is that CTA has the gall to appeal to an entity which they ignore in matters of doctrine.

How about if I complain to Planned Parenthood that I have to stand outside and across the street to pray my rosary, instead of being able to do so in the lobby of the clinic.

Anonymous said...

Society of Pius X too? Quite the combo platter of groups. Interesting.