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Neither New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan nor Albany’s bishop Edward Scharfenberger are in support of excommunicating New York’s “Catholic” Governor Andrew Cuomo after he championed one of the most radical pro-abortion laws in the nation. However a respected Canon lawyer believes the governor's personal choice not to receive communion should now be made mandatory.
No one was more familiar with the internal chaos our Church is presently experiencing than the humble St. Mary MacKillop, an Australian nun who found herself on the wrong side of Church authorities after she reported a priest for abusing children.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The Vatican has granted a special concession for World Youth Day (WYD) that will allow youth who have been involved in abortion to be absolved and welcomed back into the Church.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer In spite of its deadly history, the Italian government has authorized the use of the abortion drug, RU-486. The Church responded by threatening to excommunicate doctors who prescribe the pill, women who take it, and those who encourage its use.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Mary Ann Schoettly, a 66 year old divorcee and mother of three was automatically excommunicated when she was “ordained” a priest in a Jewish synagogue outside Philadelphia on Sunday. The “pseudo-ordination” was denounced by Philadelphia’s Cardinal Justin Rigali.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer The Congregation for Bishops published a decree on Jan. 21 reversing the excommunication pronounced on four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988. The decree is causing controversy in Jewish quarters because of statements made by one of the bishops that questioned the Holocaust.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A priest facing excommunication for his participation in an ordination rite for women has announced plans to travel to the Vatican to appeal the decision “with a contingent of fellow priests and a bishop.”
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told a reporter last week that U.S. bishops will discuss whether voting for pro-abortion legislation entails automatic excommunication at their November meeting.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Three women are claiming to have been “ordained” into the priesthood on Sunday during a conference by the dissident group, Roman Catholic Womenpriests.
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